Books + Comics

Two Kinds of Memory

Catching moments like butterflies.


  • rhymeswithorange July 22nd, 2013 3:10 PM


  • ColoredSoft July 22nd, 2013 3:16 PM

    Christ, this is beautiful omg my hurt hurts wow

  • Emma Dajska July 22nd, 2013 3:19 PM

    dream duo!

  • julalondon July 22nd, 2013 3:21 PM

    I cannot even describe how much i loved this story. For some reason i can relate to it a lot; especially to the loss of your first love. What a beautiful piece of art! Thank you!

  • valerie kay July 22nd, 2013 3:26 PM

    oh my god this is beautiful

  • Cassie N July 22nd, 2013 3:35 PM

    this is so beautiful and lolita is such a great book!

  • Ree July 22nd, 2013 3:38 PM

    this is so incredible!

  • rainingmay July 22nd, 2013 3:39 PM

    i really can relate to this a lot actually. this is beautiful, good job you guys!!

  • jessh93 July 22nd, 2013 3:53 PM

    This is so beautiful. And so sad

  • Imogen_Miss_Tutu July 22nd, 2013 3:57 PM

    This was heavenly! Trully beautiful!

  • Eryn July 22nd, 2013 4:02 PM

    Oh my goodness this is marvelous. So beautiful, and I really like the last page/conclusion.

  • abby111039 July 22nd, 2013 4:04 PM

    This. Is. BEAUTIFUL. And sad. And it makes me want a boyfriend. And it reminds me of last month’s theme, Longing. This is FILLED with a certain kind of longing to me. It’s simply gorgeous, both the writing and the accompanying illustrations. <3 <3 <3

  • EithyPan July 22nd, 2013 4:08 PM

    This is so beautiful, especially since I’m reading Lolita right now for the first time

  • KatGirl July 22nd, 2013 4:12 PM

    Beautiful! Also, I would like to thank the commenter on the “Cool Older Sisters” article who introduced me to Moone Boy. It’s now one of my favourite shows! :D

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  • Lola Witch July 22nd, 2013 4:20 PM

    This is gorgeous and melancholy and I love it!!!

  • Caitlin H. July 22nd, 2013 4:31 PM

    really incredible work, you two <3

  • thatunicornhigh July 22nd, 2013 4:36 PM

    this was so sweet and i loved lolita just as much!!

  • Ana July 22nd, 2013 4:44 PM

    Love this so much! :)

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  • Emmie July 22nd, 2013 5:12 PM

    This is my favorite piece I’ve ever ever ever read on Rookie. Just perfect.

  • Lola July 22nd, 2013 5:18 PM

    crying as of the second panel. brilliant, both of you guys.

  • Emma S. July 22nd, 2013 5:28 PM

    AAAAAAHHHH you guys this is amazing.

  • Haleyhaley2w July 22nd, 2013 5:34 PM

    this is absolutely beautiful!

  • Shannon July 22nd, 2013 5:36 PM

    One of my favorite, if not my favorite, pieces on Rookie. People always give me the side-eye when I say “Lolita” is my favorite book, but you’ve expertly captured what makes it so breathtaking. Thank you.

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  • Danielle July 22nd, 2013 6:43 PM

    Beautiful, beautiful.

  • Sophie ❤ July 22nd, 2013 6:44 PM

    Absolutely and perfectly beautiful.

  • lyssagrltx July 22nd, 2013 7:07 PM

    This is so perfect the imagery is just so pretty.

  • nizmocat July 22nd, 2013 8:17 PM

    I can’t describe how perfect this is. Just wow. I can’t wait to read Lolita, I’m reading it next yay!

    Ps if any rookies in Auckland are reading this please join the meetup group :)

  • livlindsa July 22nd, 2013 8:50 PM

    Simply lovely, you two. You genuinely captured a feeling as impermanent and beautiful as Nabokov’s butterflies through your words + images.

  • HMB July 22nd, 2013 8:51 PM

    This is SO beautiful. I almost can’t handle it’s perfection.

  • Sam July 22nd, 2013 9:00 PM

    This was incredible. I am blown away by this – the art and the writing.

  • 3LL3NH July 22nd, 2013 9:40 PM

    Stunning. A very honest telling of how what has happened is part of us and why it is the we keep it, why we don’t regret. “Lolita”, in so many ways, and so many passages, is beautiful, and perfectly renders humanity. You’ve said it well.

  • Anna M. July 22nd, 2013 9:58 PM


  • VagabondZombie July 22nd, 2013 10:06 PM

    This is absolutely beautiful and made me feel chills on the back of my spine. :’( Left me breathless.

  • agridulce July 22nd, 2013 10:18 PM

    ¡Que bonito! :,)

  • Kal July 23rd, 2013 12:18 AM

    I love this so incredibly much! Especially the line that reads, “noticing any particular pleasure or pain meant that the moment had passed.”

    I have never really looked at the images we take snapshots of in our minds as things of the past; I guess there is a part of me that still holds on the the childish idea that if the moments we live aren’t ever forgotten then they never really end. But I know all to well the our memories of the events in our lives are far from the actual events themselves and acknowledging them as things that happened is at the same time accepting that they are not still happening–that they are in fact over.

    Regardless, I also think it is important to preserve things in any art form possible; no a painting or an essay will never look exactly like the first time you fell in love or the moment you found out someone you care about one passed, but they in themselves have a certain beauty that can’t be questioned, recreated or lost and have the unexplainable power to bring you back to the memories you so desperately cling to.

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  • Niranea July 23rd, 2013 1:30 AM

    This article is incredibly touching and, for me, important. I’ve been struggling about how to express some things that have been perfectly expressed here. Thank you.

  • Miarele July 23rd, 2013 2:45 AM

    this was… breathtakingly beautiful. you managed to illustrate the fragile and dainty thing about memory that makes capturing it somehow sad but worth it.

    it’s also interesting to see that people keep discovering the beauty of Lolita from new different aspects. I love the aspect you choose, I catch glimpses of it but I’d never think of analyzing it that way. and for that I admire you.

    truly beautiful work, thank you for making this. I’m loving the comics on Rookie lately, it really opened my eyes to what comics could be, outside of the well-known forms of them. hope to see more comics in the future! :)

  • Graciexx July 23rd, 2013 3:23 AM

    love <3

  • Isabellla July 23rd, 2013 3:39 AM

    the BEST! I love it wow

  • elliecp July 23rd, 2013 3:48 AM

    This is just so incredibly beautiful and personal, I had to read it a few times because it was just so perfect

  • AliceS July 23rd, 2013 4:02 AM

    This is so beautiful.

  • lonerist July 23rd, 2013 4:07 AM

    the was so nice. my favourite line was “its not a remarkable story except for the fact it happened to me” wow.

  • Simone H. July 23rd, 2013 5:59 AM

    This is so beautiful, it made me teary.
    Probably the most beautiful pieces on Rookie and my favourite.
    I read Lolita a few months ago, and didn’t completely see it from this angle (saw it, but didn’t pay much intention).
    Thank you. <3

  • dianabanana July 23rd, 2013 10:10 AM

    this is perfect. lolitas a great book as well

  • shjaron July 23rd, 2013 10:44 AM

    I have no words.

  • April Marie July 23rd, 2013 5:43 PM

    So gorgeous, beautifully captured.

  • AnaRuiz July 23rd, 2013 9:07 PM

    The best Rookie has posted in so, so long.

  • Ladymia69 July 23rd, 2013 10:27 PM

    This is masterful.

  • Serena Head July 24th, 2013 8:44 AM

    So beautiful and I love your style (both of you!). <3

  • lxmldrt July 24th, 2013 8:59 AM

    “For Nabokov, storytelling, like taxonomy, is the act of collecting followed by the act of ordering.” ALL THE THINGS I LOVE IN ONE SINGLE SENTENCE

  • trassel July 24th, 2013 9:40 AM

    So beautiful! It really makes me want to read Lolita, I never did

  • PaperRose July 24th, 2013 12:47 PM

    Thank you for this gorgeous piece of both art and analytic prose. I’m reading Lolita later this summer (it’s sitting on my shelf at the moment, calling to me) and I’m so happy I can expect such strong emotions in the reading of it. Thanks again. (:

  • marthaflatley July 26th, 2013 11:01 AM

    so beautiful. thank you for making this.

  • emlyb July 27th, 2013 5:49 AM

    This is so, so, so beautiful.

    (Also, on a completely irrelevant note, does anyone know if Rookie has a book list for books about feminism/anything along the lines of it?)


  • twohours July 29th, 2013 8:44 PM

    oh, my god. lolita is a book about rape. how can you like it?

    • tove August 1st, 2013 3:51 AM

      It usually comes from people who haven’t read the book. Have you? The book is about child molestation but it absolutely doesn’t justify or romanticise it. You must remember that Nabokov tells a story from the perspective of an unreliable narrator. It is essential. What is more, and that is my opinion only, this book is about destructive, toxic love (yes) and all the things that the above comic says. There is so much more about “Lolita” than controversy – I wish more people could appreciate it.

      • twohours August 2nd, 2013 2:47 PM

        yes, I have. and when I did I actually enjoyed the book: I got capivated by humbert humbert. but for me it still talks about rape and people just don’t get it. come on, it’s a 40 year old man with a 12 year old girl. he tells her that if she says anything about their relashionship she’ll be sent to an orphanage. that doesn’t sound like love. that’s blackmail. and I think it’s romanticised (sp?). light of my life, fire of my loins. it looks like love. but it’s not.

  • barbroxursox August 5th, 2013 10:30 PM

    Wow, this is beautiful!

  • Kelsey August 24th, 2013 3:07 PM

    This is incredibly relatable… I’ve been in love twice, with two boys who didn’t love me so much as I did, and I’ve had one relationship with a boy who I didn’t love, but I loved how he made me feel. He ended up breaking my heart but it made me realize that things like that can be really fleeting, and that’s okay! The sad bits often end just as quickly.
    You can’t doubt love, only its permanence. c:

  • nicole_huanggg September 15th, 2013 12:25 AM

    My favorite book is Lolita<3
    I've never fallen in love but Lolita made me want to.
    Lolita's hypnotizing, silent, filled with pitiful longing, lust, and disappointment. What makes the book lovely is that although Humbert longs for Lo, he doesn't just focus on what everybody sees.
    I also love how you started seeing minor things between you two. The look. The electricity.
    You're perfff