The Year Of The Beasts, written by Cecil Castellucci (First Day On Earth, Plain Janes) and drawn by Nate Powell (The Silence Of Our Friends, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole) is a hybrid narrative told with alternating chapters of prose and comics. Sibling rivalry, resentment, loss, sexual awakening, and betrayal hold together parallel worlds and the creatures that inhabit each. (2012, Roaring Brook Press)
Nate Powell was born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1978, and began self-publishing at age 14. He graduated from School of Visual Arts in 2000. His work includes The Silence Of Our Friends, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole, Please Release, Sounds Of Your Name, It Disappears, Tiny Giants, and the self-published Walkie Talkie series. From 1999 to 2009, Nate worked full-time supporting adults with developmental disabilities. He managed DIY punk record label Harlan Records for 16 years, and has performed in the bands Universe, Soophie Nun Squad, Wait, Divorce Chord, and Boomfancy. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana with his wife Rachel and new daughter Harper.