In the late 1990s, Nathan Tolzmann and his friend Matt took an epic bicycle trip across America to mark the end of their twenties. As they passed through the changing landscapes of one state after another, passing along minor roads, the pair kept diaries of the small towns, countryside campsites, eccentric museums and the vast space in between.
Some 20 years later, Nathan began an even more daunting project: to capture the entire trip in comic-strip form. The narrative is characterized by acute observation of images and events, achieving an almost haiku-like quality in its attention to the minutiae of the quotidian. The book's journey is augmented by occasional reflections from the older Nathan. Themes of friendship and the passing of time are reflected in the visual emblems of faded Americana. Exquisitely illustrated throughout, Hot Dog Diary is a book that lingers long in the memory.