Best Pop-Up Book: 'Baltimore Breakups' by Julia Arredondo

The term “Smalltimore” is a corny as hell and myopic and we just ban it, but damn if it isn’t impossible to go through weekend errands to the farmers market, wait for the bus, and carry on to a museum or the park or a show or wherever without running into at least a few exes along the way. That’s something we thought about when looking through Julia Arredondo’s great handmade pop-up book “Baltimore Breakups” which recounts four relationships that all played out in their varying ways here in Baltimore. Far from a pity party, the retro-noir-style comic’s illustrations, with an inventive and interactive format, offer snippets of lessons learned in a way that doesn’t veer too close to melodramatic nostalgia, which is exactly why we liked it.

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