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Hot to Trot

by (artist) Veronica Post

Conundrum Press
Initial publish date
Dec 2023
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Dec 2023
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A deeply intimate and searingly emotional tale of friendship, Langosh and Yeva struggle for control of an epic cross-country journey while delving into old wounds from the past.
The landscape of America creates a constantly evolving backdrop to their emotional voyage. As they explore big cities, small towns, prairies and mountains, Langosh opens up to Yeva about his experience of police brutality, and the stark difference between how they respond to the situation leads to deep reflection on how the past informs their current choices. The more they seek to influence each other, the more obscured their path becomes. As Yeva comes to understand the unjust act of violence that changed his life forever, she struggles with how Langosh decides to respond to what happened. Have the values that he formed in response to harm become barriers to his personal growth? Is Yeva callous to the realities that he faces? Can they stay true to themselves and keep their friendship alive?
Influenced by Jillian Tamaki, Kate Beaton and Guy Delisle, Veronica Post examines how we respond to structual harm, the power and limitations of personal agency and the divide between individual freedoms and collective responsibility.

About the author

Veronica Post is an award-winning graphic novelist based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Following a brief and disillusioning attempt at University for Philosophy and Fine Arts, respectively, she moved to Montreal where she completed a diploma in fine cabinetry, which suited her much better. She played drums in punk bands, ate poutine, worked in factories and joined a local zine distro that encouraged her to self-publish and distribute her mini-comics. This encouragement turned a life-long love for comic books into a passion for creating auto-biographical work in graphic-novel form.

She left Montreal for the allure of Eastern Europe, where she created the charactersLangosh and Peppi and began working on what would become "Fugitive Days", afictionalised autobiography published by Conundrum Press and awarded with the DougWright "Nipper" award in 2020. She continues to create work based on these characters and looks forward to publishing more books exploring their world, and her own.

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Editorial Reviews

"Hot to Trot is a master class in character building. It's never stated if Langosh, the book's hero, is a punk rocker, but he moves though the world like one. While everyone is telling him to grow up and join society, he is hell bent on living under the radar, off the grid and thumbing his nose at society. Yeva, his Russian best friend, coming from poverty, is the voice of reason, exposing his privilege. But, people are complex, in the end, who is right?" -James Spooner, The High Desert, Afro-Punk
"These flawed, endearing road trippers will warm reader's hearts," -Publishers Weekly