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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
"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