Jessica Abel is the author of "Soundtrack" and "Mirror, Window, " two collections that gather stories and drawings from her comic book "Artbabe, " which she published between 1992 and 1999. She also collaborated with Ira Glass on "Radio: An Illustrated Guide, " a nonfiction comic about how the public radio program This American Life is made. Abel won both the Harvey and Lulu awards for Best New Talent in 1997; "La Perdida" won the 2002 Harvey Award for Best New Series. Abel's young adult novel, "Carmina, " is forthcoming in 2007, and she is currently collaborating on another graphic novel, "Life Sucks, " and a textbook about making comics.
"Jessica Abel's La Perdida is rich, engrossing, and memorable--a true graphic novel." --Scott McCloud, author of "Understanding Comics""Put down your dog-eared Love and Rockets and read this. Fans of "Los Bros" will recognize a kindred spirit, but Abel is every inch her own artist. Her tale of Carla's catastrophic folly is fierce and unforgettable." --Susan Choi, author of "American Woman" and "The Foreign Student""Jessica Abel is brilliant. She's created amazing work for years, and "La Perdida" is her classic. It's funny, politically astute, and heartbreaking. It's graphic novel poetry."--Sherman Alexie, author of "The Toughest Indian in the World"