The Return of the Honey Buzzard
- Publication Date: October 11, 2016
- Imprint: SelfMadeHero
- Trim Size: 6 1⁄2 x 9 1⁄2
- ISBN: 9781910593165
- Page Count: 160
- Illustrations: Black-and-white illustrations
- Rights: North America, LAMC
Simon, a bookseller, has hit hard times. The financial crisis has struck and sales have slumped; his store looks set to close, and he has become increasingly withdrawn. Returning from his storage facility in the woods, he stops at an isolated railroad crossing. There, he witnesses a suicide. The moment hits him like a bomb. Withdrawing deeper into himself, Simon is haunted by memories from his past—memories repressed, from a time he’d prefer to forget. It is only by chance that he meets Regina, a young girl who begins to provide the comfort and support he needs. But who is Regina, and can she help him come to terms with the loss of a childhood friend? A beautifully drawn and impressively crafted debut from Aimée de Jongh, The Return of the Honey Buzzard is a compelling, cinematic, and emotionally perceptive graphic novel about confronting the past and starting again.
"Like an engrossing but terrifying dream, de Jongh’s dark, circular psychological drama…gets its hooks in readers immediately."Publishers Weekly —
"The black-and-white palette, masterly pacing, and evocative compositions create a spare, precise, and emotive masterpiece of artistic control."Library Journal —
About the author
Aimée de Jongh is an award-winning animator, illustrator, and comics artist. She draws a daily strip for the Dutch newspaper Metro Holland. She lives in Rotterdam.