Over the course of 2016, with the American presidential election looming, American artist Mark Thomas Gibson (b. 1980, Miami) began drawing at his kitchen table in search of answers to the question of the quest for utopia. The upshot is his second artist’s book, Early Retirement, featuring over 200 pen-and-ink drawings, his follow-up to Some Monsters Loom Large (2016), a story revolving around Mr. Wolfson, a werewolf and Doomsday prophet seeking to move up in the ranks of New York City’s highly competitive street prophecy scene. Gibson uses the traditional black-and-white palette of graphic novels to create stark contrasts and settings in which positive and negative space define the composition. Relying on a minimal aesthetic, he plays off both fine art and comic book vernacular of sequential narrative and rarely edits his drawings. Trusting his drawings to provide answers, in the process, Gibson leads the reader to some future truths. Gibson is a professor at Yale University School of Art.