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When Nicole Georges was sixteen she adopted Beija, a dysfunctional shar-pei/corgi mix—a troublesome combination of tiny and attack, just like teenaged Nicole herself. For the next fifteen years, Beija would be the one constant in her life. Through depression, relationships gone awry, and an unmoored young adulthood played out against the backdrop of the Portland punk scene, Beija was there, wearing her “Don’t Pet Me” bandana. Georges’s gorgeous graphic novel Fetch chronicles their symbiotic, codependent relationship and probes what it means to care for and be responsible to another living thing—a living thing that occasionally lunges at toddlers. Nicole turns to vets, dog whisperers, and even a pet psychic for help, but it is the moments of accommodation, adaption, and compassion that sustain them. Nicole never successfully taught Beija “sit,” but in the end, Beija taught Nicole how to stay.
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November 28, 2017
I have been saying for years that I want to adopt a dog but I haven't yet. This is a love story about a woman and the little dog who meant so much to her. It's a touching book with great illustrations. I really enjoyed it. I'm even more determined to find a dog of my own now!
August 13, 2017
Nicole and Beija co-star in this sweet and funny graphic novel/memoir. The story, weaving youthful memories and adult follies, is heartfelt and accountable. The panels/artwork is the best I've seen from Georges, one of my favorite comic storytellers today.
October 23, 2017
I didn't like this book as much as I liked "Calling Dr. Laura," and I also didn't like Georges in it as much as I did in her earlier graphic memoir. I felt throughout a lot of it that small anger I get at bad dog parents. It's kind of annoying to me that Georges "gets" Beija enough to write her d...
April 24, 2017
A beautiful, often hilarious portrait of an unpredictable childhood and a complicated yet magical queer punk coming-of-age in Portland in the early millennium, all through the author's relationships to animals--most significantly her difficult, damaged, beloved soulmate dog Beija. The drawing is...
August 24, 2017
4.5 stars -- Graphic memoir enthusiasts and pet lovers alike will plow through this unique and affecting comic, and will be happy they did. Nicole Georges chronicles her 15 years with Beija, a small mixed-breed dog whose personality might charitably be called "eccentric."
But this isn't "just" a...
November 26, 2017
Loved it! Be prepared to laugh and cry. Check out this review/interview with the author I did for Autostraddle
November 20, 2017
Famed zinester and graphic memoirist Nicole Georges ripped my heart from my chest. It has been a bit since I have been actively sobbing over a book, but the recipe is clearly a coming-of-age story with a surly and ill trained dog. Georges is known largely for her graphic memoir Calling Dr. Laura,...
October 04, 2017
July 17, 2017
(Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review. Trigger warning for allusions to rape, child abuse, domestic violence, animal abuse, alcoholism, self-harm, and suicidal ideation.)
I first discovered Nicole Georges's artwork nestled within the pages of Bitch Magazine . In...
December 30, 2017
One of my favorites from 2017! I laughed, I cried, I bought it for a bunch of my friends.