From Truth, With Truth

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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“This comic, zine, book, graphic novel or whatever you want to call it is from the heart. I don’t care what you call it as long as it does what it’s meant to do” – Lawrence Lindell.

Just a little over 100 pages, “From Truth, With Truth” by Lawrence Lindell is all sorts of things, but at its heart, it’s an illustrated memoir of the artist, sharing various glimpses of his life with the reader. From having to live in his maternal aunt’s living room after his parents got divorced and his mother was figuring things out, to moving back in with his father as an adult for a while because he had nowhere else to go, to being evicted and living sneakily with an ex, Lindell recalls how he was constantly moving around. It was between all these moves that he discovered his love for comics and drawing, which helped keep him distracted from a lot of his problems in life.

The artwork in “From Truth, With Truth” is simple, cute, and doodle-like. Lawrence Lindell employs bright colors to illustrate the various turbulent phases of his growth. And despite dwelling into serious themes, the creator does so with a dash of humor. Lindell candidly shares his journey of realizing the psychological impact of his parents’ divorce, further compounded by a traumatic mugging incident. He provides insight into his mental health struggles and the financial burdens stemming from education loans and low-paying jobs.

The book reads like a quick snapshot of a friend’s life—a friend you’ve lost touch with, a friend you didn’t know much about until they crafted a comic-book memoir, inviting you into their vulnerable corners to better understand them.

Rating: 4 on 5. “From Truth, With Truth” is also on Kindle Unlimited.

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