Children of the Atom

Dave Lapp


From the artist behind the critically acclaimed Drop-in comes an earlier comic strip project, collected here for the first time in its entirety. Originally serialized in Western University’s The Gazette, then weekly in Vancouver’s Georgia Straight newspaper from 1996-2001, Children of the Atom is like a Samuel Beckett play in comic strip form.

The two characters Franklin Boy and Jim Jam Girl live in an absurdist world of their own making, exchanging philosophies, dancing around any possible love story. Influenced by the comics of Mark Beyer, Lynda Barry, and George Herriman’s Krazy Kat, Lapp has created his own tightly concieved but loosely rendered world through poetic language, simple lines and shapes, and surreal settings.

This book recreates the format of the strips and includes the entire five year run. Not only is it an accomplished piece of art and storytelling, but also an archival treasure which can now be rediscovered.

Publication Details

240 pages
25.4 x 1.27 x 10.16 cm
May 2010