How to Be Happy - Eleanor Davis

Eleanor Davis' first collection of stories are wrought with an internal struggle just barely contained—reading through these often delightfully colored pages you'll be confronted by a world where you need to wear an environmental suit to see your loved ones, where the pursuit of the natural in our modern lives only brings pain, and where learning to cry is only another one of daily struggles we have to put ourselves through. Along with her longer stories, Davis also includes a selection of short work, which stands firmly upon poetic brevity and grace. These stories tie the book into a collection, rounding the corners and providing a space to consider the weight of it all (take a moment and read the short memory sketch on page 119). As is clear with the range of work, Davis has a broad inventive style and a perfectly striking color palette. Honest and daring, this is book for all fans of the medium.

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ISBN: 9781606997406
Availability: Backordered
Published: Fantagraphics - August 3rd, 2014

Arsene Schrauwen - Olivier Schrauwen

Oliver Schrauwen's tale of his grandfather's journey across the ocean to "The Colony" where he would help his cousin in a grand enterprise is as close to a comics typhoon as we're ever likely to get. Awesomely inventive, stark and utterly original, Schrauwen constructs a page and performs panel gymnastics the like of which you've never seen before. This is magic of the comics page variety: so quick to offer insight into place and time, so easy to find yourself trapped within the reality of a character--the haunting images a mix of the readers, author's and protagonists perception. Akin to the hallucinatory greats of literature Arsene Schrauwen is a perfect combination of narrative and image working in tandem, giving and taking, clarifying and complimenting in very different ways. All comics fans: DO NOT MISS THIS.

Beautiful Darkness - Fabien Vehlmann, Kerascoët, Helge Dascher

Set beside a rotting corpse, witness the depiction of a world where cruelty is natural, death meaningless and the cute and fanciful is only a cloak hiding the blackness within us all. Vehlmann's story is the perfect anti-fairy tale, subverting notions of good and evil, and capturing the arc of a typical, though admirable, heroine. Kerascoet's art pairs this unsettling story with a perfect combination of naturalistic watercolor illustration and the sweet faces of cartoony characters. The pacing in this story is quick, awarding the reader with a range of emotions as the forest floor transforms from summer lushness to the still whiteness of winter—from the fresh corpse to the skeletal remains of a young girl—and resolves into an absolutely pitch perfect but unlikely tale that will surprise you on every page.
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ISBN: 9781770461291
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Drawn and Quarterly - February 25th, 2014