A nameless alien data compiler comes to Earth to study humans, setting up shop on the outskirts of a small desert community in North America. Working under forced labor, it must watch humans in complete secrecy while sending regular reports to its manager back home. Using spore-like technology to read the minds of his hosts, the alien quickly takes a special interest in Will, one of his early subjects. That interest proves to be a problem when the alien is accidentally revealed to Will's family and it takes desperate measures to save its own life.
In doing so, it discovers a forbidden ability...it can control human minds. Now, the alien struggles to keep this secret from its manager, deal with a growing number of suspicious humans, and come to terms with its ethically questionable decisions. My Life Among Humans is a beautifully painted, evocative first graphic novel from illustrator and cartoonist Jed McGowan.
"My Life Among Humans is a sweet, empowering story about our capacity for connection — both human and alien." – Ryan North (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Slaughterhouse-Five: The Graphic Novel)
"My Life Among Humans is a fast-moving and beautifully illustrated graphic novel." - The Review Geek
“McGowan’s art is engaging….The almost 3D animation style complements the storyline” - Library Journal
“Recommended for all who have felt like an outsider looking in.” - Library Journal
“My Life Among Humans carries shades of those movies of yesteryear, though the danger the little alien carries is both far more insidious, yet somehow innocent.” - Comic Crusaders
“An interesting read, cleverly mixing the readers expectations to deliver a book that feeds on some old school paranoia, with the need for belonging and family.” - Comic Crusaders
4.5 stars - Comic Crusaders
“…a short, charming graphic novel with simple art and a simple story. It reads quickly, hits all the right beats, and keeps the reader entertained.” - Fantasy Book Critic
“My Life Among Humans is a fast-moving and beautifully illustrated graphic novel. With bright visuals and a simple story to follow, this is an easy book to slip into.” - The Review Geek
“McGowan expertly illustrates the moments his human characters lose control of their bodies. Their emotions aren’t lacking, they have been lost, a loss that is felt in the illustrations.” - No Flying No Tights
“Upon my reread of My Life Among Humans to write this review, I fell in love again. It has emotional weight, and after each read, I walked away with a warmed heart. I recommend it for adult and teen graphic novel collections.” - No Flying No Tights
Writer/Artist: Jed M McGowan