Aspiring young writer Fante Bukowski lives in a flophouse, drinks cheap beer at seedy bars, and pecks away at his typewriter, trying to write the next great American novel. There’s just one problem: he has no talent for writing. But that won't stop him from pursuing his lofty goals, meeting along the way pretentious poets, snobby literary agents, and fellow budding novelist Audrey Catron.
With an ear for hilarious dialogue and no end of grist for the mill, cartoonist Noah Van Sciver’s pointed skewering of literary pretention and fatuous “mansplainers” has garnered multiple Eisner Awards nominations and made Bukowski more popular than he could have ever hoped.
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“At its deepest, Fante Bukowski stands as a commentary on hordes of recognition-hungry artists with nothing to say, but as a straight parody, Fante Bukowski is hilarious enough to summon tears.” — Paste Magazine
“Rising star Van Sciver once again skewers the self-important male figure, in this case a terrible writer who fancies himself a great novelist and pushes himself onto everyone.” — Publishers Weekly
"Van Sciver has established himself as a thoughtful cartoonist with a talent for exploring the complexities of the human condition with a pointed sense of humor, and Fante Bukowski highlights the combination of desperation and foolhardiness that makes this character an especially compelling trainwreck." — A.V. Club
"Van Sciver is one of the best up-and-coming talents and everything he does is worth a look." — Vulture
"One of comics’ finest recent creations... Van Sciver [has] struck gold with his masterful skewering of the self-important, self-proclaimed tortured geniuses who stink out the fringes of the literary world." — Broken Frontier