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Jessica Abel

"Jessica Abel's comics offer a subtle anthropology of her own generation of socially audacious, mildly bohemian post-feminists. She uses comics like a tool, observing, documenting, examining the social dynamics of a free floating crowd of young, urban, pleasure seeking bar hoppers. Her writing, in combination with her crisp, precise, stylishly assured drawings, chronicle the shifting relationships between the young and unfocused; men and women who aren't necessarily what they would like to be and haven't quite figured out how to become it. She's a reporter of sorts, and emotional veracity is her beat. Her deft accumulation of the social details of these relationships, friendships and dubious one-night stands, can be seen as artful dispatches from a thoughtful correspondent on contemporary manners." – Calvin Reed, Publishers Weekly

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Soundtrack: Short Stories 1990-1996

Jessica Abel Containing the best of Abel's early, self-published, award-winning Artbabe series (plus other rarities), this book features her original takes on the young hipsters and seekers that populate her work.  Product Details...

The Comics Journal #270

Our interview with Jessica Abel traces her career from minicomics to major book deal. Also: talks with Mark Bodé and Lalo Alcaraz; an examination of classic Chinese tales translated into comics; vintage Nell Brinkley cartoons; and modern copyright law.  Product Details...

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