How To Be Happy

How To Be Happy

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Eleanor Davis's How to be Happy is the artist's first collection of graphic/literary short stories. 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 curatorial venues as Mome and No-Brow, 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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Product details

  • Hardback | 148 pages
  • 184 x 250 x 18mm | 639.99g
  • Seattle, United States
  • English
  • 1 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1606997408
  • 9781606997406
  • 100,789

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[Starred Review] The excellence and variety of the art in this short comics story collection is matched only by the painful incisiveness of the stories, most circling around attempts both foolish and sincere to find happiness. Some of Davis's art styles are reminiscent of her children's books (Secret Science Alliance, Stinky)--simple supple black and white line drawings--others resemble Little Golden Books, bright blocks of colors and button nosed characters, but only as if written by Raymond Carver. ... A powerful collection that resonates with all the ills, real and imagined, of our modern life.
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2,738 ratings
3.83 out of 5 stars
5 32% (876)
4 32% (887)
3 25% (679)
2 8% (232)
1 2% (64)
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