“Murder is interesting because it’s so intimate. Besides, it’s not the crime I’m interested in. It’s the punishment.”
Grace Ellis’ graphic novel Flung Out of Space (2022) imagines what inspired famed American writer Patricia Highsmith, best known for her Tom Ripley novels, to write the lesbian romance novel The Price of Salt, later renamed Carol.
Ellis writes honestly about Highsmith, including her many prejudices, stating that she “closely resembles the characters she’s most famous for writing: charismatic sociopaths who are worryingly easy to root for.”
Ellis is also the bestselling writer of the Lumberjanes series of comics, and the graphic novel Moonstruck (2019). She has won both a GLAAD, and Eisner Award.
If you enjoyed Flung Out of Space, we suggest these Ohio side trips:
- Ellis’ Lumberjanes
- Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home
- P. Craig Russell’s Night Music