Pitch Black by Youme Landowne an Anthony Horton
This unusual book is an unique collaboration between artist Youme and a homeless artist named Anthony. They met on the New York City subway and spend time learning about each other, especially Anthony’s life living in the tunnels underneath the subway. Even though the text is brief, it tells a profound story of the young man growing up in New York City, unwanted and homeless most of his life. The graphic novel is told using simple text on full page illustrations in black and grey watercolors.
This book is a really quick, but will leave you thinking afterwards. It made me think about homeless people and how the solutions we offer may be even worse than being homeless. I think it might encourage readers who have become nearly immune due to the number of homeless in Berkeley to see behind the shopping carts and layers of old clothing next time we see a homeless person on Shattuck Avenue. I recommend this title to all thoughtful readers, teenagers and older.