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by Rick Louis and Lara Antal

A graphic novel memoir recounting one parent's unique and wrenching journey caring for a child with a terminal diagnosis.

When Rick and Emily's infant son Ronan is diagnosed with Tay-Sachs, an incurable neurological disorder, they are faced with the practical and emotional hurdles of parenting and loving their son—despite the shadow of inevitable loss. Rick Louis narrates this original graphic memoir, with illustrator Lara Antal translating the space that Ronan occupies before, during, and after his life, using flights of fancy and imagination to express the bizarre, heartbreaking, and sometimes even silly reality of human beings suddenly trapped in an impossible situation.


Ronan and the Endless Sea of Stars is a story of warmth and of heartbreak—about finding joy in life, no matter how long or short that life might be.


"A spare account of a short life that will leave readers feeling both uplifted and emotionally drained."

Kirkus Reviews

"Yes, Ronan made me cry, but it also made me hug my kids, and think about what I value in family and in life, and how I relate to those around me. You know, all the things the best art can inspire ... one of the year’s best works."

Comic Book Herald

"In this frank telling of a devastating ordeal, it’s the beauty of the too-brief loving moments that lingers."

Publishers Weekly


Audio and Video

"A powerful, touching, honest portrayal."

Graphic Medicine

"Louis imbues this mostly tragic narrative with earnestness, quirk and even humor, paired neatly with (often silly) illustrations of what’s going on in characters’ minds. All the while, Louis holds true to telling the story of his time with Ronan with profound sincerity, reverence and honesty. "


Abrams ComicArts editor

Charlotte Greenbaum interviews

Rick Louis and Lara Antal about

Ronan and the Endless Sea of Stars

at the Geenlight Bookstore in

Brooklyn, New York.

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MK Czerwiec interviews

Rick Louis and Lara Antal

for the Graphic Medicine podcast

on their collaboration creating

Ronan and the Endless Sea of Stars

Order RONAN AND THE ENDLESS SEA OF STARS from Abrams Comic Arts, your local bookstore, Amazon, or any online bookseller.  

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