A lyrical exploration of the city and memory, as drawn by a Vice cartoonist
Leslie Stein takes us on a sinuous urban stroll divorced from destination, glimpsing New York City through her open eyes. While she is closing up a bar late at night, she is also an adolescent at a rave in the mountains, an adult grappling with her grandfather’s fading memory or at one of her first waitressing jobs. Stein is a master storyteller, an urban explorer, and a loyal guide through dark days and simple, blissful encounters. Stein’s curiosity about and generosity toward the world around her come through powerfully: each colorful story flows with vivid watercolors and delicate ink lines. Here, an autobiography is built through memories and moments tied together by loose lines, evoking a beautiful dreamlike yet endlessly relatable glimpse into the world of a thirty-something woman carving out a life for herself, one step at a time.
Known for her acclaimed Eye of the Majestic Creature series, collected here are Stein’s serialized Vice.com comics which have become a staple for the site, showcasing her storytelling abilities with a freer style. With an introduction and new material, Present will be a deluxe die-cut hardcover that is a meditation on memory. Stein asks us to take a moment to be here now, while acknowledging the other places and people we always carry with us.
|Publisher:||Drawn & Quarterly|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Leslie Stein is the creator of the Eye of the Majestic Creature series, as well as the diary comic Bright-Eyed at Midnight. Her diary comics appear regularly on Vice. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Leslie Stein offers a close-up view of her world – her city, her relationships, her daily ups and downs – in this series of short stories presented in the style of comics (a.k.a. sequential narrative art). Stein says that, when she draws, she imagines that she's making a gift for someone who will appreciate the effort, regardless of the outcome. The outcome here is a colorful wonder! And the effort won my heart. Thank you, my friend.