Julia Gfrörer’s work has appeared in Kramer’s Ergot and Best American Comics. She follows up her evocative graphic novel debut, Black is the Color, with Laid Waste (Fantagraphics). In a plague-ravaged medieval city, survival is a harsher fate than death. As corpses accumulate around her, Agnès, a young widow possessed of supernatural strength, must weigh her obligations to the dead and dying against her desire to protect what little remains. Gfrörer’s delicate, gothic drawing style perfectly complements the period era of the book’s setting, bringing the lyricism and romanticism of her prose to the fore.