in SANITY, AZ is a twisted, 160-page, full color graphic novel anthology featuring tales of a small town along a desert highway in Arizona. The inhabitants of this town are the castaways, looked at sideways by “normal” people that drive by, but here, in Sanity, they run the town.
This is a page from the short story, “Broken Water I”, the first of three tales that detail the beginning of Sanity, AZ. The story, written by James Ninness and drawn by Rich Kuhaupt, chronicles the town’s origins as a facility for the undesirables, and keeps tabs on the people who eventually form the terrifying plausible city in the desert. In this page, some of the sanity ward staff considers the nature of their racial bias.
“Confusion” is one of a handful of single page stories, writter by Marcel Losada and drawn by Collin Fogel. Each is an illustrated representation of a haiku, meant to offer a shift in perspective from the mind of the sane to the insane, or rather, the idea of the sane mind, to the idea of the insane. Of particular note is the similarities between the two. The line between crazy and not is thin and, at times, wavering. In this page, one of Sanity’s oldest residents thinks about the future.
The final preview page is from “False Witness”, one of ten short stories from writer Michael Drace Fountain and artist Lance Sawyer. Unlike the other writers, Michael decided to focus on a single character over the course of his forty page contribution. He and Lance follow John, a spiritual protector of sorts, as he deals with the town, the people who live in it, and those who come to visit. In this, the first page of the story, a visiting woman takes umbrage at a perceived slight at the hands of Sanity’s innkeeper.