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Noah Van Sciver

Fante Bukowski Three: A Perfect Failure

On sale date: November 6, 2018

In the concluding volume of his graphic novel triptych, Van Sciver skewers pretension and fatuous mansplainers in the form of his modern literary loser.

After another year of living in the great American Midwest, self-styled erudite and superstar-to-be Fante Bukowski has a final showdown between his father and his dreams, is hired to ghostwrite a teen celebrity's memoir, and attends his first local zine fest. Meanwhile, there are hidden forces working behind the scenes to push Fante Bukowski into the critical and financial success he's always longed for, despite his continued lack of talent.

Fante Bukowski Three: A Perfect Failure is part of the Fante Bukowski series.


"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 train wreck." — The A.V. Club

"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

"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] 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


Paperback / Softback
5.8" × 8.5"