The Ghosts We Know

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Here is an intriguing, somber memoir that initially seems depressing, but which nevertheless seems to have a deep, grounded undercurrent of calm. You feel that the author has come to a place where he can hold all his experiences without judgment, dispassionately; he appreciates them for how they have shaped and changed him.

The book circles around and through the author’s life. He draws encapsulated stories of people he has met, like a homeless man who became a millionaire, or a hermit who insisted he began his life as a leaf, or the woman who haunted his memories. Many were just passing, chance encounters, but all made deep and lasting impressions. Various episodes shaped him, such as attending his first drawing classes, being bullied, or staying with friends as a teenager one summer. The episodes and drawings seem disconnected at first, but they build upon each other, though they are not organized chronologically (and have only a loose organization at all). You are pulled into his experiences and this dark, colorless yet extremely detailed world full of impressions and images that flow together and require time to understand. It is worth the effort. This book is one for quiet reflection.

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Star Count 4/5
Format Trade
Page Count 160 pages
Publisher Conundrum Press
Publish Date 2016-05-10
ISBN 9781772620030 Buy this Book
Issue August 2016
Category Sequential Art


  1. Deb Scott

    When I first saw Sean’s drawings, I was blown away. He captured a dark tortured persona, that was so real, and recognizable to me, who also seemed to embody all the angst and searching some of us go through in life. It was a picture, an externalizing that he has been able make of his own experience. The way he walks around memories instead of depicting them linearly, so as you read and look at the drawings, you can go back and re-read and re-look immediately like a memory being revisited from many approaches.
    As with much art, I prefer a larger format, than book size, and I prefer the original drawings, but as that limits his audience, I love that Sean’s work is out there and he’s getting greater exposure. Wonderful art, distinctly his own.

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