Do ideas of war and enemies hold a people together? Is a culture of conflict too seductive to not be irresistible? These are the questions Cathy Malkasian explores in her second graphic novel. She creates a densely textured social context, masterfully conveying the idiosyncratic physical domain with its spiralling structures and quasi-medieval architecture along with intimate yet plastic portraits of her characters in a rich, tonal pencil line. Temperance is a galvanising work of empathy and violence by one of today's most thoughtful and accomplished cartoonists.
Cathy Malkasian is an animation director and cartoonist. Her credits include Rugrats, The Wild Thornberrys film (for which she received a British Academy Award nomination), and most recently, over 20 episodes of Curious George for PBS since 2008.