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Hey, Kiddo: 12/24/20
Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka is a graphic novel memoir by the author of the Lunch Lady comic books and more recently, the Jedi Academy books.
Krosoczka's tone throughout is rather detached and from seeing what his family life was it's understandable. He talks about his grandparents and their many children, including his mother. The artwork uses an earthy selection of tones, popular in the 1970s, thus giving a sense of time to the events in the author's life.
He shows how his grandfather's approach to parenting problems was to rent or buy a nearby place for the child in question, regardless of their age. That didn't work out well for anyone involved.
Jarrett's mother had him when he was young. She was a drug addict before and shortly after. They had a few years together, in one of the grandpa bought houses before she lost the house and had to go into extended rehab.
This memoir has three main threads. There are the biographical events. There is his art and how he became the graphic artist he is today. Finally there is the coming to terms with his life and his family.