Everything is an Emergency HC (2020 Harper Perennial) comic books
Story and art by Jason Adam Katzenstein.
A New Yorker cartoonist brings to life his struggle with OCD through his arresting drawings and inimitable comedic voice, illuminating his daily battle to feel comfortable in the world - and ultimately make room for a life without limitations.
For Jason Katzenstein, mundane events are a cause for alarm. In short: his brain is broken. But his brain is also creative, and so devises a coping mechanism to protect itself from the worst thoughts and feelings by performing rituals called "compulsions" that help Jason work through fears of contamination, guilt, panic, and relationships. Yes: Jason has OCD.
Everything Is an Emergency is Jason's way of showing us that OCD can be funny and, as Jason has discovered, while unmaking habits is hard, nothing worth doing is ever easy.
Hardcover, 6-in. x 8-in., 256 pages, B&W.
Cover price $19.99.