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A wry daily comics journal of urban ennui

Gabrielle Bell fascinatingly documents the mundane details of her below-minimum-wage, twentysomething existence in Brooklyn, New York, with a subtle humor. Her simple, unadorned drawing style, heavy narration, and biting wit chronicle transient roommates who communicate only through Post-it notes; aspiring artists who sublet tiny rooms in leaky, greasy broken-down border-house loft apartments crawling with bugs, cats, and bad art. Bell tackles a string of forgettable, unrelated jobs--including nude modeling, artist's assistant, art teacher, and jewelry maker--that only serve to bolster her despair, boredom, and discomfort in her own skin.Bell's self-scrutiny leads her to dream sequences that allow her to rise above her banal actuality and hyperawareness. She fantasizes about her vision of a perfect world as she becomes the accomplished artist and world traveler she longs to be. Bell's daily comics allow her to escape the harsh, judgmental gaze of the world and the monotony of daily life. Her unpolished art speaks to a desire to record all the messy details while the pain and confusion are still fresh.

Coming of age amid the zine revolution, cartoonist Gabrielle Bell has been creating her comics to much acclaim, even winning an Ignatz Award for the self-published serialization of Lucky.

Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:112 pages

    Lucky Reviews

  • Sarra
    Jan 25, 2010

    I had heard good things about Bell, and I excitedly requested all of her work offered by my library. I settled down with "Lucky", in anticipation. I got to page 15 and closed the book in disgust. The ...

  • Agathafrye
    Apr 23, 2009

    Nothing happens in this book. There is a lot of apartment hunting, worrying about financial situations, and procrastinating. I adored it....

  • Dov Zeller
    Jul 13, 2015

    I finally have a bit of a grasp on what makes Gabrielle Bell's work so compelling to me. The last few books I read of hers I wondered, "why do I like this so much." Because there's something very matt...

  • LeGrand
    Aug 07, 2007

    I read this book while waiting for an appointment with my therapist. This book goes nowhere and has no point. The drawing are simple and pretty much just nice illustrations. While the author does not ...

  • Jane
    Jul 19, 2007

    In this three-part graphic novel, Gabrielle Bell chronicles the daily life of a 20-something cartoonist who's trying to make a living and write this book while persisting in New York. There are long s...

  • jess
    Dec 14, 2010

    This is a book I really wanted to love. I felt certain that I would love it. I adore the mundane everyday sort of autobiographical comics and graphic novels. I almost fell for a boy once simply becaus...

  • Becky
    Apr 04, 2013

    Lucid look at the state of being a young creative in a city that both values and mocks artists. Includes ongoing theme of that slender ring of hell that is real estate in NYC.Andy: The yogis and holy ...

  • Cathy
    Aug 11, 2015

    A journal-type graphic memoir wherein Bell recounts her struggles as a twenty-something artist in Brooklyn to find a decent place to live, figure out relationship stuff, and to support herself as an a...

  • Jenny Devildoll
    Jan 11, 2011

    I enjoy Gabrielle's drawing style, though I think I prefer some of her more surrealistic works. It's not that scurrying for housing in NYC and struggling to be an artist while modeling nude for money ...

  • David Schaafsma
    Oct 02, 2013

    Minimalist, young twenty-something artist going nowhere in New York City. Likeable, as in, this is basically about nothing, no big point, just getting to know a simple, nice person, emotionally flat.....