My first collection of graphic/literary short stories. / Fantagraphics Books
Summer 2014 / Hardcover / 152 pages
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New York Times Bestseller, WINNER of Outstanding Collection Ignatz Award 2015, Paste‘s 10 Most Anticipated Comics of 2014, “Nita Goes Home” selected for The Best American Comics 2013, “No Tears No Sorrow” selected for The Best American Comics 2015
From the publisher: 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.
“A major cartooning talent.” – Comic Book Resources