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Outburst

By Pieter Coudyzer

Translated by Peter Mennen

Hardback, 120 pp, $22.95

Tom is the bespectacled class nerd: clumsy, introverted and relentlessly bullied. When he leaves his lunchbox unguarded, he returns to find it inhabited by ants. When he gazes at the cute girl in class, she responds by sticking out her tongue. And when it is time to partner up on a canoeing trip, he is left to paddle on the river alone…

At home, Tom finds solace in recordings of nature and the wild spaces of his imagination. But when he falls prey to a particularly cruel trick, this imaginative wilderness becomes rampant. It wants out. A moment of crisis marks the beginning of a gradual and disturbing metamorphosis that forces Tom to confront adult life as a man transformed.

Outburst is a compelling modern fairy tale and a masterpiece of magical realism – dark, imaginative and beautifully drawn.


Pieter Coudyzer


Pieter Coudyzer is an award-winning artist. Winner of multiple animation awards, his short films include Tree and My Heart is Not Here. Outburst is his debut graphic novel. He lives in Ghent, Belgium.

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Reviews

"Kafkaesque and Lynchian, it's excruciating, uncomfortable but weirdly great."
— The Generalist
"Utterly stunning." (Staff picks for May 2017)
— Broken Frontier