Adam de Souza

Cartoonist & Illustrator

Adam de Souza


Creator of the award-winning comic strip Blind Alley and the recently released graphic novel The Gulf.

The Gulf
Blind Alley


The Gulf

240 pages. Hardcover/Softcover.
Tundra Books. 
The Gulf (2024) is about a group of high schoolers graduating into a world they do not understand. As a cure for their frustration, they runaway from home to an island commune that promises a way of living that makes sense to them.

Praise for The Gulf 

“With its vintage aesthetic and emotive sketches, this explores the poignant uncertainties of growing up. An evocative tale reminiscent of Jillian and Mariko Tamaki’s This One Summer (2014), this book is a great match for teens searching for community, purpose, and the possibility of existing just for the sake of it.”


“Deep emotions emerge throughout this journey. . . . [A] way to reframe how [readers] see the world when facing a crisis, making it a purposeful purchase for social-emotional learning.”

School Library Journal

“Evocatively captures adolescent earnestness and idealism for living meaningfully.”

Kirkus Reviews

“[A]n absorbing coming-of-age story.”

—CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“[A] melodrama of independence and reliance, where trouble becomes a key unlocking the past.”

Comics Beat

Foreign Editions:

Les Herbes Sauvages” 

French. March 2024. Gallimard BD.

“El Abismo”

Spanish. Fall 2024. Editorial Astronave. 

If you enjoyed reading The Gulf...

...or are thinking of picking up the book, consider giving Oli’s road-trip playlist a listen. 

“Evergreen” Oli’s Playlist - Apple // Spotify