Nina Bunjevac's brilliant debut graphic novel returns in this expanded 10th Anniversary edition.
“Powered by an expressive black and white drawing style, reminiscent of Robert Crumb and the meticulous pointillist technique of Drew Friedman, the dark undertone of Bunjevac’s humour brings into light the range of socio-political issues her comics deal with, such as gender, nationalism or urban alienation, always from an ironic feminist perspective. Her chain-smoking, slightly alcoholic and manically depressed character Zorka may just be today’s ultimate antiheroine. A Balkan immigrant in the Brave New World, working in that same meat factory for the last twenty years, tormented by family constraints and her own secret desires… we simply can’t get enough of her.” — BTurn
For mature audiences
Nina Bunjevac is a Toronto-based artist and illustrator. Her other books are Fatherland (2015 Jonathan cape), Bezimena (2019 Fantagraphics), The Alchemical Journey Through the Major Arcana of The Tarot (2021 Zarabatana Books, Brazil), and La Reparation (2022, Editions Martin De Halleux, France). Her books have received multiple Doug Wright awards, the French Aremisia Prix, Italian Grand Jury Prize at Lucca Comics and Games, and Joe Shuster. Her art has been exhibited both at home in Canada and internationally, most notably at Art Gallery of Ontario and Galerie Martel in Paris.
"This book is a wild thrill ride through hell on a Tilt-A-Whirl! It’s a triple-dip banana split with a live cockroach at the bottom! I dig it the most, and so will you!” — Jay Lynch "Heartless is just amazing! I laughed out loud a lot. It is chock full of great stuff and I'm hard to please! Nina Bunjevac's art is a pleasure to look at. The writing is seriously demented, but in a totally brilliant, highly entertaining way. It is its own thing, imitating no one." – Kim Deitch "The most vitally reinvigorating change in modern comics is the unstoppable rise of women, as creators, as readers, and as characters. In her impressive debut collection, Nina Bunjevac stuns as a distinctive, innovative voice, adept at hyper detailed cartooning and deliciously disturbing as she probes the darkest depths of desire and despair." – Paul Gravett "Her drawing chops are stunning, yet she’s no mere illustrator, as she breathes life into her characters as they are the vessels of her bawdy but bone-dry and pitch-black sense of humor." – Rob Clough, The Comics Journal "Visually, Bunjevac employs a stippled, shadowed approach that accentuates the noirish aspects of her narratives while also providing a high degree of almost documentary detail. The result is an irony-laden tour though a seedy milieu that is as visually impressive as it is emotionally provocative." – Steven W. Beattie, Quill & Quire