“With the graphic novella Fante Bukowski, Noah Van Sciver’s penned the funniest thing I’ve read all year. ... 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
“Short and sweet, humorous, needling to any aspiring writer but also inspiring, because as much as it's about you, the book's about someone nothing like you. All wrapped up in a perfect little package that I wish I could put in my pocket and carry around to read. Oh, wait, I can put it in my pocket and carry it around, awesome!” — Jeffrey Brown (Darth Vader and Son)
Praise for The Hypo: The Melancholic Young Lincoln:
“It’s rather like an American version of Dickens infused into a Jane Austen love story, and Van Sciver’s moody cross-hatching works exceedingly well in showing these lesser-known facets of Lincoln’s nonpolitical life. An excellent choice for compelling leisure reading as well as for use in classrooms.” — Library Journal
“Van Sciver’s psychologically astute examination of what might be termed Abraham Lincoln’s ‘lost years’ (1837–1842) is as gripping and persuasive as the best historical fiction ... This characterization of Lincoln is thoroughly human and identifiable, tracking a shadowy but formative period in the very uneven life of a man who shows little signs of becoming known as one of the greatest Americans. A thoroughly engaging graphic novel that seamlessly balances investigation and imagination.” — Publishers Weekly
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Noah Van Sciver’s graphic novella drops in on the life of the self-styled, aspiring young writer, Fante Bukowski, as he delusively seeks literary fame and fortune, one drink at a time. Living in a cheap hotel, consorting with the debased and downtrodden, searching for that golden idea that will rocket him to the success he yearns for as the great American novelist, and to get respect from his father once and for all. But, there’s just one problem: Fante Bukowski has no talent for writing.
This novella from emerging talent Van Sciver is another unique character study (along with Spring’s Saint Cole and 2012’s The Hypo) that mines the author’s interest in pathos and the human condition.