As an underwater welder on an oilrig off the coast of Nova Scotia, Jack Joseph is used to the immense pressures of deep-sea work. Nothing, however, could prepare him for the pressures of impending fatehrhood. As Jack dives deeper and deeper, he seems to pull further and further away from his young wife and their unborn son. Then one night, deep in the icy solitude of the ocean floor, something unexplainable happens. Jack has a mysterious and supernatural encounter that will change the course of his life forever.
Equal parts blue-collar character study and mind-bending mystery, The Underwater Welder is a graphic novel about fathers and sons, birth and death, memory and reality, and the treasures we all bury deep below the surace.
Praise for Underwater Welder
A New York Times bestseller
Amazon - #1 Best Graphic Novel of 2012
"A visually stunning and emotionally gripping read, so dive in" - CBC Books
"Lemire is at the top of his game here... The Underwater Welder is the story of consciously choosing your life's direction and running with wild abandon and joy toward it." - Jenny Christopher Randle, New York Journal of Books
"Wise and moving... these pages are poignant and masterful, and represent some of the very best work [Lemire]'s every done" - Glen Weldon, NPR
About the Author
Jeff Lemire is one of the most impressive cartoonists to emerge in the last several years. His graphic novel trilogy, Essex County, has been a well-deserved critical darling, and continues to amaze anyone that picks it up. Lemire's expressive ink work, moody storytelling, and a surprising sense of humanity is not to be missed. He lives in Toronto.