“Essential graphic account of the fight for certain animals to achieve legal 'personhood'…thought-provoking and inspiringly hopeful manifesto.”
— Publishers Weekly, starred
"In Thing, Sam Machado and Cynthia Sousa Machado manage to convey both information and emotion through their beautifully designed and drawn pages. Perhaps the most important aspect of their work is how Cynthia deftly portrays the underlying ‘humanity’ of the animals discussed through her evocative art. Like many important graphic novels of the past, Thing has the power to make an incredible impact with its readers."
— Brian Cronin, Senior Writer, CBR (Comic Book Resources)
"Thing: Inside the Struggle for Animal Personhood follows the battle to move Happy, a fifty-year-old Asian elephant, from the Bronx Zoo to sanctuary… I hope that this groundbreaking graphic novel will bring others to see, as I have, that we cannot continue to treat autonomous beings as if they exist for our education or entertainment."
— From the foreword by Joyce Poole, Co-Founder and Scientific Director of ElephantVoices
"In the tradition of groundbreaking works like March and Logicomix, Thing is a nonfiction graphic novel that informs, educates, and entertains all at once. Through pithy captions and expressive illustrations, Thing leads the reader to the inevitable conclusion that ‘a chimpanzee [or an elephant] may or may not be a person. But it is more than a thing.’ This is an important book for our times, told by a talented creative team."
— Josh Neufeld, writer and artist of "A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge"
"Acknowledging the personhood of nonhuman animals would go a long way toward strengthening the protection they receive under existing laws, and would hopefully lead to improved laws. These changes are long overdue. Thing dives deep into this fight, enlightening readers while providing an impassioned call to action on behalf of nonhuman animals."
— Laurence Tribe, University Professor of Constitutional Law Emeritus, Harvard University