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Publisher Comments:

A wry daily comics journal of urban ennui

Gabrielle Bell fascinatingly documents the mundane details of her below-minimum-wage, twentysomething existence in Brooklyn, New York, with a subtle humor. Her simple, unadorned drawing style, heavy narration, and biting wit chronicle transient roommates who communicate only through Post-it notes; aspiring artists who sublet tiny rooms in leaky, greasy broken-down border-house loft apartments crawling with bugs, cats, and bad art. Bell tackles a string of forgettable, unrelated jobs--including nude modeling, artist's assistant, art teacher, and jewelry maker--that only serve to bolster her despair, boredom, and discomfort in her own skin.Bell's self-scrutiny leads her to dream sequences that allow her to rise above her banal actuality and hyperawareness. She fantasizes about her vision of a perfect world as she becomes the accomplished artist and world traveler she longs to be. Bell's daily comics allow her to escape the harsh, judgmental gaze of the world and the monotony of daily life. Her unpolished art speaks to a desire to record all the messy details while the pain and confusion are still fresh.

Coming of age amid the zine revolution, cartoonist Gabrielle Bell has been creating her comics to much acclaim, even winning an Ignatz Award for the self-published serialization of Lucky.

Review:

"This collection of short stories lacks some of the artistic sophistication of most books from art comics publisher Drawn & Quarterly — the drawings are, in fact, about as bare bones as it gets — but it still manages to be completely engrossing. Paradoxically, the stories are interesting — even addictive — because Bell has such a flair for communicating a specific brand of postcollegiate ennui. Her day-to-day existence is a litany of dilapidated rental apartments, low-paying jobs, yoga classes and artistic frustration, but Bell's straightforward storytelling reveals a true poignancy amid the tedium. Far from being depressing, these snippets of daily life in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, N.Y., are comforting in their frankness and familiarity; by settling into the rhythm of the artist's daily life, the reader experiences the heft of small victories and simple pleasures. Never laugh-out-loud funny, brief tales of yoga roommate miscommunication, ignorant comics buyers, the anguish of nude modeling, and sex-obsessed, adolescent art students radiate good humor and are sure to resonate with a certain stripe of well-educated, underemployed 20-something comic reader. Lucky is yet another sophisticated, nuanced pleasure. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Born in London and raised in California, GABRIELLE BELL lives in Brooklyn. She regularly contributes to anthologies, most recently the Drawn & Quarterly Showcase Book 4.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781897299012
Publisher:
Drawn and Quarterly
Subject:
Literary
Author:
Bell, Gabrielle
Subject:
CGN006000
Subject:
Artists
Subject:
Graphic Novels
Subject:
Graphic Novels-Literary
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20061128
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Black-and-White Illustrations
Pages:
112
Dimensions:
9.23 x 7.15 x 0.625 in

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Graphic Novels » General
Fiction and Poetry » Graphic Novels » Literary

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Product details 112 pages Drawn & Quarterly - English 9781897299012 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This collection of short stories lacks some of the artistic sophistication of most books from art comics publisher Drawn & Quarterly — the drawings are, in fact, about as bare bones as it gets — but it still manages to be completely engrossing. Paradoxically, the stories are interesting — even addictive — because Bell has such a flair for communicating a specific brand of postcollegiate ennui. Her day-to-day existence is a litany of dilapidated rental apartments, low-paying jobs, yoga classes and artistic frustration, but Bell's straightforward storytelling reveals a true poignancy amid the tedium. Far from being depressing, these snippets of daily life in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, N.Y., are comforting in their frankness and familiarity; by settling into the rhythm of the artist's daily life, the reader experiences the heft of small victories and simple pleasures. Never laugh-out-loud funny, brief tales of yoga roommate miscommunication, ignorant comics buyers, the anguish of nude modeling, and sex-obsessed, adolescent art students radiate good humor and are sure to resonate with a certain stripe of well-educated, underemployed 20-something comic reader. Lucky is yet another sophisticated, nuanced pleasure. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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