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Cecil and Jordan in New York: Stories by Gabrielle Bell

Gabrielle Bell


Gabrielle Bell splits her cartooning time between creating wry sketchbook autobiographical comics, such as those included in her 2006 graphic novel, Lucky, and working on more detailed fictional short stories. This collection represents her short comics work that has been published in various anthologies over the past five years, including Kramer's Ergot, Mome, and The D+Q Showcase Book Four. The surrealist title story, in which a young woman turns herself into a chair so as not to be too much of a bother to those around her, is being adapted into the short film, Interior Design, by director Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep) as part of the forthcoming T�ky�! trilogy set for fall 2008 release.

Hardcover, 112 pages.

ISBN: 9781897299579

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Lucky, Volume 2 #1

Gabrielle Bell

Gabrielle Bell continues the journal comics begun in her recent hardcover collection, Lucky, chronicling her life as an emerging professional cartoonist. Volume 2 #1 is filled with the simple excursions and technicalities of the lifestyle: guerilla photocopy runs, trips to comic conventions, slide presentations and panels, art shows, after-parties and poetry readings.

Bell tells of her experiences performing her tale of unlikely love, "My Affliction," a surreal adventure story also included here. This self-referential combination gives the sensation of a hallway of mirrors in which one strange reality is reflected infinitely back upon itself. In the world of Lucky, this space is drawn out in the uniquely deliberate and urgent illustrations that fuse Bell's pleasantly scattered scenarios.



ISBN: 9781897299333

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Lucky (hardcover)

Gabrielle Bell

Gabrielle Bell fascinatingly documents the mundane details of her below-minimum wage, twenty-something existence in Brooklyn, NY with a subtle humor. Her simple, unadorned drawing style, heavy narration and biting wit chronicles 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, artists assistant, art teacher, and jewelry maker that only serve to bolster her despair, boredom and discomfort in her own skin. Bells self-scrutiny leads her to dream sequences that allow her to rise above her banal actuality and hyper-awareness. Bell fantasizes about her vision of a perfect world as she becomes the accomplished artist and world traveler she longs to be. Bells 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 is still fresh.

Coming of age amidst 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.

"[Bell's] fantasy life is gently romantic and easy to enter. Her stories should appeal to pleased readers of Daniel Clowes or Adrian Tomine. They are palpably real and eloquently understated, with neither a wasted word nor an extra line." --Booklist

"...a series of some of today's most sharp yet subtle vignettes of 20-something urban ennui." --Dazed & Confused

ISBN: 9781897299012

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Lucky, Volume 2 #2

Gabrielle Bell

In this issue of Lucky Gabrielle travels with two fellow cartoonists up the West Coast from Los Angeles to Seattle, collecting little stories along the way in Oakland, Berkeley, Eureka and Portland. Back in New York, she and sidekick Tom discover the secrets of Roosevelt and Governor's Island. Later, they go deep sea fishing with comedienne friend Edith. Also included is a bonus story about Gabrielle at eleven years old, when she tried to run away from home and live alone at a summer camp during the off-season.

ISBN: 9781897299623

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