The Lie and How We Told It is a remarkably resonant work from. Tommi Parrish is an exciting new voice in contemporary graphic novels.
A friendship creaks under the strain of a fumbling encounter between its two participants, leaving them even more lonely and uncertain than before.
Parrish’s first graphic novel for Fantagraphics is a visual tour de force. The narrative sets about navigating queer desire, masculinity, fear, and the ever-in-flux state of friendships.
Recommended for Mature Readers only.
Recommended by The Conversation as one of Australia’s best literary comics
The blurb says The Lie is about how “after a chance encounter, two formerly close friends try to salvage whatever is left of their decaying relationship”. But it’s much more that. Visually, Tommi Parissh’s disproportioned characters dominate the spaces and the panels they inhabit, their uneven bodies reflecting their unease with themselves and their shared history. The Lie is a beautifully poignant tale of confused identities, self-centeredness and regret.