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What happens when you’re considered a “writer’s writer” that no writer’s ever read? Enter Fante Bukowski and this comprehensive volume collecting the wonderfully delusional saga of his bumbling life. Living in a beat-up motel and consorting with the downtrodden as well as the mid-level literati, Fante Bukowski must overcome great obstacles — a love interest turned rival, ghostwriting a teen celebrity’s memoirs, no actual talent — to gain the respect and adoration of critics and, more importantly, his father.
The Complete Works of Fante Bukowski assembles all three volumes of Noah Van Sciver’s multiple Eisner Award-nominated series skewering the all-important and pretentious male figure. Mining his interest in pathos and the human condition, Van Sciver has created a character study, warts and all, with empathy and absurdity of a self-styled author determined that he’s just one more poem (or drink) away from success. Even if Fante Bukowski never gains the prestige he so desperately craves, Van Sciver’s hilarious tales of his erudite debasement will surely certify his place on comic fans’ shelves for generations to come.
"Noah Van Sciver absolutely nails the mortifying lack of self-awareness of insufferable young artistes everywhere: the coffee-shop denizens, the wannabe skid row poets, the pretentious dreamers who so earnestly believe themselves to be legendary they never once consider that their shit-art merits no such adulation. They're all there in these pages, waiting for you to tell them how great they are." — Adam Cayton-Holland (Comedian and Writer)