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First Second exclusive: Lucy Knisley gets married in Something New

Getting married is supposed to be one of the happiest events in a person’s life. But, in reality, it’s a complicated mix of emotions that can make the prospect of marriage seem more like a burden than a blessing. Cartoonist Lucy Knisley explores these turbulent emotions in her new graphic novel Something New: Tales From A Makeshift Bride, detailing her history with weddings and the anxiety she has over her upcoming nuptials.

These preview pages spotlight Knisley’s conflicting feelings as she delves into the reasons she and her fiancée want to get married and the pressure they feel from their families, all rendered in the clean, expressive style that makes Knisley’s work so rich and engaging. Something New hits stands in May, and The A.V. Club has an exclusive first look at Knisley’s trailer for the book, revealing how smoothly her art transitions off the page and into animation. It’s a charming trailer for a charming book, and as the summer wedding season approaches, Something New is a great gift idea for people getting ready to tie the knot.

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