HOT DOG DIARY
Category: comic strip memoir
Dimensions: 234 × 156 mm
Extent: 426 pp.
Publication date: October 2022
The first publication of a major comic-strip memoir
In the late 1990s, Nathan Tolzmann and his friend Matt took an epic bicycle trip across America to mark the end of their twenties. Beginning from the west coast, they travelled along minor roads through the changing landscapes of one state after another, keeping diaries to record the small towns, countryside campsites and eccentric museums they came across, and the vast space in between.
Some 20 years later, Nathan began an even more daunting project: to capture the entire trip in comic-strip form. The narrative is characterized by acute
observation of images and events, achieving an almost haiku-like quality in its attention to the minutiae of the quotidian. The book’s journey is augmented by occasional reflections from the older Nathan. Themes of friendship and the passing of time are reflected in the visual emblems of faded Americana. Exquisitely illustrated throughout, Hot Dog Diary is a book that lingers long in the memory.
‘Hot Dog Diary is a meticulous chronicle of a bicycle road trip taken by two friends across the highways, byways, industrial landscapes, communities, and wide-open country of North America in the early 2000s. Nathan Tolzmann’s words and pictures capture the mundane and introspective moments of a humble odyssey with poetic specificity.’
Jason Lutes, author of Berlin
Born in Ohio in 1969, Nathan Tolzmann was raised in Texas and now lives in Chicago with his wife and two rabbits. He is a founder member of the Rat Patrol bike club. As well as playing the trombone (a Tolzmann tradition), he sings and plays guitar in a band called Jumpsuit.