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Will I See?

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  214 ratings  ·  56 reviews
May, a young teenage girl, traverses the city streets, finding keepsakes in different places along her journey. When May and her kookum make these keepsakes into a necklace, it opens a world of danger and fantasy. While May fights against a terrible reality, she learns that there is strength in the spirit of those that have passed. But will that strength be able to save he ...more
Paperback, 54 pages
Published December 1st 2016 by HighWater Press
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Rod Brown
Jan 10, 2021 rated it liked it
Moody and haunting art carries this vaguely told but moving and important story about missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIW or MMIWG). I recommend looking into the subject and checking out this other short graphic novel on the subject: Surviving the City.

And take a moment to listen to the related songs of iskwē, who provided the story for this book: Will I See and Nobody Knows.
What happens to the spirits that are killed violently? Indigenous women in Canada are being killed, or vanishing at an alarming rate. I feel that the author is trying to address this issue, but in a way that shows that spirits live on.

This is a dark, yet up lifting tale of one such young Cree woman who finds things left by those who have vanished, and tries to make sense of it.

It is a quick read, almost the length of a short story, and is probably hovering between a three and a half and a four s
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
A short comic about young girls disappearing. The story isn't very clear and the art was muddy in some panels. A young girl finds a bunch of keepsakes I guess from missing girls which she turns into a necklace. Then she gets attacked and must escape. Honestly, I think it's gotten higher ratings than it deserves based on its subject manner versus its merits of being a good story or not. ...more
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
***I received an ARC from HighWater Press (an imprint of Portage & Main Press) via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.***

This book is so powerful. I almost wish it were longer, because it's so short--but really, how could anyone handle that? My heart beat so fast reading it, the fight or flight response almost kicking in, because my reaction to this was so visceral.

The premise of this graphic novel is that a teenage girl, May, is being led by a stray cat to find unique and meaningful tri
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely unforgettable! Will I See? addresses the topic of violence against women with beauty and power.  The black and white images are realistic, but there is also a dreamlike quality to them.  Swaths of red add a dramatic flair, implying violence and death.  Will I See? has a strong emotional affect and is best suited for teens and older readers.

May, a young teenage girl meets up with a cat who helps her to find various keepsakes.  With each item, readers are shown what happened to the prev
Dec 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I don't usually read Graphic novels but I decided to give a shot with this one.

Will I See? is beautiful, dark, and intriguing. It tackles the subject, violence against indigenous women, in a realistic yet mystical and magical way. It talks about a deeply important topic through a series of skillfully drawn illustrations that were dark and valiant. The story is realistic yet in a way has this magical realism feel to it.

I read this through one sitting and it was very easy to follow, the flow and
Sanaa Hyder
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
A short graphic novel with mystical art, that almost makes you feel like you're slowly making your way through a museum.

This story starts off with a young girl who is innocently wandering by when she encounters a cat, after which things get very dark, very quickly. The scenes are depicted with stunning illustrations that grasp you by the hand and demand, "Listen." At the heart of it, this story is about violence against Indigenous women, but it also briefly touches upon some of the inspiring Ind
Alexia Polasky
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-pen-read
Thank you Netgalley and Portage and Main Press for the ARC!
Coupled with magical realism elements, this beautifully illustrated graphic novel portrays in a heart-wrenching yet encouraging tone the empowerment of women that arises from overcoming gender and race violence and making their voice heard. Full review on my blog.
Donna Sanders
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. A visually strong representation of the struggles of Indigenous women and the power of the Indigenous culture, heritage and connection to Mother Earth.
Adam Di Filippe
Oct 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Dark and gritty; I loved it.
A fictional YA take on Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women. A girl walks home alone and is joined by a black cat, who shows her little relics along the way. A ring, a key, a pendant...the panels show us what happened to the owners of each of these items, with the cat as otherworldly witness. The girl gets home safely to her grandmother, who was worried about her. They talk about why she should call if she’s going to be late.

That night the girl dreams of a monster, a white man in a bl
I am going through all the content my library has from David Robertson, as I have really enjoyed everything I have read from him so far. Much to my delight, Iskwe (whose music I enjoy a great deal) was involved in writing the story that the script was based around.

The art is one of the things I enjoyed the most about this particular story. I wasn't sure about it at first, but once I got a good look at the colours I couldn't help but like what I saw. The sinister splashes of red really heightene
This one took me a while to get into, and I think that a big part of that was that I went into this graphic novel completely blind. It would have been nice to know that this is a Canadian book examining Indigenous culture and highlighting Canadian issues involving this people group.

It was devastating and a really interesting look at First Nations' culture. More people need to be reading this, especially if you're into graphic novels!
Shawn Birss
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This very moving book, published in Manitoba, reads like a memorial or eulogy for missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada.

As is true of my favourite graphic novels, this one uses an economy of words, trusting the artist to communicate the story in the illustrations. This they do.

Readers will linger on each page, rich with spiritual imagery and religious symbolism. The expressive art captures the fear and grief of the subject matter.

The cat is adorable. Yet, somehow also wise and beaut
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: high school teachers
Disclaimer: Before reading this graphic novel, readers will have to do some "research" or "looking into" the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada. Until recently, it was a much overlooked issue. As a Canadian woman, I am not going to sugarcoat it, our government started an inquiry, but a lot more work needs to be done. Because we( Canadians) also need to talk about our missing and murdered aboriginal men too. Amnesty International, CBC( the public broadcaster in Canada), and ...more
Will I See? is a powerful, short graphic novel that addresses the ongoing issue of violence against indigenous women across Canada. The narrative, which is loosely connected to a song of the same name by Iskwé, follows May, a young woman walking home. Along the way, she discovers a cat, who in turn draws her attention to objects left on the path. Flashes relate the violent fate that befell the women who previously owned the items. This knowledge leaves you praying that May doesn't encounter the ...more
Wayne McCoy
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
'Will I See?' by David Alexander Robertson with art by GMB Chomichuk was a surreal read, and I liked it. I'm still not entirely sure what the title means though.

A young girl named May wanders the streets. She finds odd bits of things and takes them home to her grandmother, along with a stray cat that follows her home. Her grandmother makes the items into a kind of necklace. It seems that the items May has found are soemtimes born out of violence, and when May next travels out into the world, she
Maggie Gordon
Will I See? is a haunting story about the missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada. In this comic, May, a teen girl, follows a little black cat through her city, picking up little tokens along the way. As May comes to realise, these little remembrances are items lost by Indigenous women who were killed, their spirits crying out to be acknowledged, but also protecting those still in need. It's a stark, horrifying look at the terrible things that happen in Canada today, but ultimately a hop ...more
Black and white drawings with splashes of read are starkly appropriate to illustrate this story that highlights the violence faced by Native women.
The topic is timely and powerful, and the art is both beautiful and gruesome. The storyline is suffused with magical/spiritual traditional beliefs, and while I appreciated that, I also sometimes found it difficult to understand what was happening. I confess that I was probably hampered by my own lack of familiarity with some of the Native storytellin
Dec 25, 2016 added it
Will I See? is a whimsically drawn, poignant story highlighting the issues surrounding violence against Indigenous women today. It's quite short but the art style is done really well; it could be quite chaotic at times which matched the story. It was also written well. The note at the end clarified the significance of the spirit animals and made the story that much more meaningful. I think that the message the authors and illustrators are trying to convey is a really important one and was done s ...more
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Highwater Press consistently publishes provocative and compelling indigenous literature and graphica.

Will I See ? is a poignant story centring on the theme of violence against women. It fits into the MMIW tragedy that has unfolded over many years across Canada.

The artwork by GMB Chominchuk is incredible. It contains a powerfully written story by Iskwe and Erin Leslie with scripting by David Alexander Robertson. This was a short read and is most likely recommended for 12+ in my opinion due to t
Matthew Noe
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Will I See? adds to a short list of comics that address the seemingly endless issue of violence against women – and one of the only ones I am aware of that focuses particularly Indigenous women. The need for these stories, combined with the masterful, hauntingly beautiful artwork make this a must-have title, not only for libraries, but for anyone – meaning, everyone – who works with those most at risk for violence.

Full Review here:

*I received an advance c
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the most unique graphic novel I’ve ever read. I love how it uses minimal dialogue and images drawn in black&white or red to represent the intent of the story. A macabre and ambiguous critique on the reality of violent injustices faced by many indigenous women.

I find indigenous cultures fascinating especially the honor they bestow upon animals. I appreciate the list of animals and their spiritual connection to Creator shown on the last page of this book. It solidified my respect for buffa
Adopted by a cat, it seems, walking home from school on day May begins to collect ‘artefacts’ along the way – a feather earring, a key on a chain, a piece of stone jewellery – and wonders where they might have come from and how they came to be lost. After fashioning the items into a necklace, May begins to feel the experiences of the items' former owners and finds herself drawn into profound struggle, having to draw on those now-gone for her survival.

The drawing is sparse, largely monochrome wit

A tough one to review... point form it is!

What I liked:

- Dark and oozing ephemerality, cloudy and mysterious -- seemingly a perfect way to depict the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women situation
- Creepy and imaginative imagery
- Short and low-text, thus approachable for some reluctant readers

What I didn't like:

- Too opaque for my tastes
- Inconsistencies and lack of explanation -- E.G. Why are a heron and a cat featured most prominently among animals, when none of them are of the 7 'Spirit Anim
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book introduced me to an issue I never knew existed: the frequent murder of native women, and I am forever grateful for that. Will I see? is dark and suspenseful, though any real connection to the characters is impossible with such a short story. Still, I found the artwork beautiful and perfect for this kind of story. It is a short and easy way to introduce people to these issues, while still leaving them with questions for further research. I highly recommend for people that have no prior ...more
Apr 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021, graphic-novels
On her way back home, May, a young Indigenous teenager, comes across this black cat, who leads her to different places around the city, where May discovers small keepsakes among the ground. When May brings these items to her Kookum, she insists on making a necklace of all the trinkets May found; unknowingly, this releases the stories of the Indigenous women that these items belonged to. Partnered with melancholy artwork, Will I See? is a wonderful commentary of the ongoing social issue of Canada ...more
Jun 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
*3.5 stars
This graphic novel was a short but impactful story about missing and murdered Indigenous woman. The main character comes across a cat that has collected the items of a few women and we see what has happened to them. Some parts can be quite frightening to see but it shows the stark reality that Indigenous woman have to go through. Also, it describes the spiritual connection Indigenous people have with the Earth which was beautiful.
Feb 14, 2020 rated it liked it
I wish this had been a bit longer, because the concept was really interesting. There were some points where I was confused as to whether the main character was dreaming or things were actually happening to her. But even with a couple confusing situations, this was an important story to put into writing and graphic novel form.
Jun 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
To understand the context of this short graphic novel, the reader has to have some context about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in Canada. This book broaches this subject of violence towards Indigenous women in a meaningful and beautiful way that leaves room for more discussion about this systemic issue.
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David A. Robertson (he/him/his) is an award-winning writer and recent recipient of the Writer's Union of Canada's Freedom to Read Award. His books include When We Were Alone (winner Governor General’s Literary Award), Will I See? (winner Manuela Dias Book Design and Illustration Award), Betty: The Helen Betty Osborne Story (listed In The Margins), and the the YA trilogy The Reckoner (winner Michae ...more

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