Jüliger, Lukas. Vakuum. Berlin: Reprodukt, 2012.
ISBN 13: 978-3-943143-15-7
Sample Text: From the first page: “Meine Mutter hat mir an diesem Morgen Mitnehmbrote gemacht. Damit hatte sie aufgehört, als ich zehn geworden war. Keine Ahnung. Vielleicht hätte mich das noch nachdenklich machen sollen.”
Summary from the jacket copy: The first warm days of summer. A boy is bored. Only when a girl seeks his attention and talks to him do things suddenly seem more interesting. They spend more and more time together–the world becomes more confusing but also seems to blossom. That is until the town is shaken by a tragedy: a young boy dies. They soon realize that not only their school days are coming to an end. Vakuum: a distillation of the feeling of that last summer before everything changes for good.
Vakuum‘s artwork with its subdued browns, blues and tans, reflects superbly the moods, themes and feelings that the plot and the characters convey. The graphic novel treats a range of topics that are important for today’s teens: substance abuse, depression, suicide, intimacy, and school violence.