The Sanctuary

200-page graphic novel about a 
paleolithic cave artist and his tribe...

"A phenomenal storytelling achievement."         
--Ain't It Cool News

PRESS REVIEWS of The Sanctuary graphic novel... 
"The broad sweep of the book’s action and ideas unmistakably raises thoughtful questions, marking Neal as an artist to watch."
--Publisher's Weekly

"Readers who are up for the challenge will be amply rewarded by this exceptionally inventive work."


"Neal’s evocative, exaggerated line work captures a range of emotions in each character, enabling readers to understand, without grasping any of the dialogue, everything that’s occurring. [The Sanctuary] stands as one of the best comics of the year."

"A book of incredible depth—taking on the vast topics of the meaning of art and our evolutionary background—and giving it any short synopsis is next to impossible, so just do yourself a favor and read it."

--Politics and Prose

"Abstract, symbolic, metaphorical yet gloriously approachable, this devastatingly clever saga is a “must-see” for any serious fan of comics and every student of the human condition."

--Now Read This

"In the dynamics that Neal presents, you can see your country, your town, your work place and your family, all rolled into one cautionary tale."

--The Transcript

"A phenomenal storytelling achievement."         
--Ain't It Cool News

 Click HERE to read them all in full...

SPEAK CAVE-SPEAK! Promo film no.2...

This comics short story is a prequel to the graphic novel The Sanctuary. It originally appeared in the print anthology MOME vol. 21, but there was an editorial error that put the pages in the wrong order. Watch it now in the Comix-O-Matic format.  Just press PLAY...

Nate Neal SPEAKS! Interview on the INKSTUDS radio show/podcast! CLICK HERE to listen...

presented in the Comix-O-Matic format...

A bit of backstory about Shulkay (One-Eye) & Hoont (Baldy)--two characters from the graphic novel.  They join up with the tribe in the book after the fiasco in this comic-strip vignette.  Presented with Comix-O-Matic.

Artwork up at the MEDIEVAL THINKERS art show in Seattle! click HERE for more photos...
A page of original art from The Sanctuary--sandwiched between two of the all time greats: Dietch & Bagge!

"Nate Neal's first graphic novel, The Sanctuary, is a considerably quirky work on multiple levels. It’s a silent graphic novel, it sports an introduction by Dave Sim, and as I found out in this interview, Neal initially wanted the book to have an wordless title..."

Prehistoric Graffiti! Promo Film No.1

Introduction by the legendary DAVE SIM!


Dust Jacket BACK COVER