How to Be Happy #1

How to Be Happy #1

Writer: Eleanor Davis Artist: Eleanor Davis Publisher: Fantagraphics Books Release Date: July 30, 2014 Cover Price: $24.99 Critic Reviews: 1
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Eleanor Davis's How to Be Happy is the artist's first collection of graphic/literary short stories, and it’s about time. Davis is one of the finest cartoonists of her generation, and has been producing comics since the mid-2000s. Happy represents the best stories she's drawn for such connoisseurial venues as Mome, Nobrow, and Lucky Peach, as well as her own self-publishing and web efforts. Davis achieves a rare, subtle poignancy in her narratives that are at once compelling and elusive, pregnant with mystery and a deeply satisfying emotional resonance. Happy shows the full range of Davis's graphic skills — sketchy drawing, polished pen-and-ink line work, and meticulously designed full-color painted panels — which are always in the service of a narrative that builds to a quietly devastating climax.

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    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson Aug 4, 2014

    Davis' work has a take-no-prisoners approach to storytelling that will generally leave you gasping for more, or for mercy. At the same time her work is blissfully free of judgment. In "How To Be Happy," Davis doesn't seek to teach a clich lesson or shame anyone, she's simply grasping for the truth, and reading her work will leave you grasping for it too. Read Full Review

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