The Hard Tomorrow (Hardcover)
This graphic novel paints a delicate portrait of one couple’s struggle to get pregnant—to build a home and a family—amidst the uncertainty of a precarious future. The setting is unclear, but near to our own: a pseudo-dystopia inspired by the social and political tensions of today. Davis’s storytelling is paired with thoughtful imagery that evokes the kind of intimacy that I look for in a good book. The Hard Tomorrow is another example of Davis’s ability to tell an emotionally-grounded, uniquely human story, which is why she continues to be one of my favorite graphic artists working today. -Dev
With bold, sensitive linework and a keen ear for dialogue, Davis captures scenes of playful intimacy and sobering violence that squeeze the heart and punch the guts. If Drnaso's Sabrina expressed the paranoia and alienation of 2018, The Hard Tomorrow nails the confusion, hope, and heartbreak of 2020. Required reading!— From Lara
The gorgeous and empathetic story of one couple’s search for hope and a peaceful future
Hannah is a thirty-something wife, home-health worker, and antiwar activist. Her husband, Johnny, is a stay-at-home pothead working—or "working"—on building them a house before the winter chill sets in. They're currently living and screwing in the back of a truck, hoping for a pregnancy, which seems like it will never come. Legs in the air, for a better chance at conception, Hannah scans fertility Reddits while Johnny dreams about propagating plants—kale, tomatoes—to ensure they have sufficient sustenance should the end times come, which, given their fragile democracy strained under the weight of a carceral state and the risk of horrible war, doesn’t seem so far off. Helping Hannah in her fight for the future is her best friend Gabby, a queer naturalist she idolizes and who adores her. Helping Johnny build the house is Tyler, an off-the-grid conspiracy theorist driven sick by his own cloudy notions of reality.
Told with tenderness and care in an undefined near future, Eleanor Davis's The Hard Tomorrow blazes unrestrained, as moments of human connection are doused in fear and threats. Her astute projections probe at current anxieties in a cautionary tale that begs the question: What will happen after tomorrow?
About the Author
Eleanor Davis is a cartoonist and illustrator. Her books include How to Be Happy, You and a Bike and a Road, Why Art?, and The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook. She lives in Athens, Georgia.