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One of Paste's 10 Most Anticipated Comics of 2014
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.
"Nita Goes Home" (originally published in Mome) selected for The Best American Comics 2013
17-page excerpt (download 2.7 MB PDF):
"Davis's short comics have been Tumblr favorites for her artistic style mixing classic illustrative techniques with unsettling observations and sexuality. This first print collection of her stories promises no less." – Publishers Weekly
"Imaginative and funny and fanciful, but it's also very thoroughly worked out. She's not afraid to be clear." – Françoise Mouly
"I challenge anyone not to want to live in the world Eleanor creates." – It's Nice That
"Eleanor Davis's comic has a visual narrative that’s as smooth as butter..." – Kirkus Reviews
"A major cartooning talent." – Comic Book Resources