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Thursday, 16 November 2017

Fall D+Q Release: Present by Leslie Stein

From NYC cartoonist Leslie Stein:
we are pleased to share PRESENT with you, a Fall 2017 D+Q release 

Leslie Stein's new collection of stories slash diary comics is a generous compilation of her daily interactions, observations, memories, and thoughts. She has been a longtime comic contributor at VICE.com, publishing weekly short comics that are as delightful as they are honest and vulnerable.

Stein's dreamy vibrant watercolour drawings deftly match the blissful energy of the artist as portrayed in her comics. Even when exploring feelings of loneliness, sadness, and rejection, Stein remains a bright presence with wit and cheer.  How does she do it! She is my unofficial spiritual comic guide, teaching me how to gracefully traverse the mess of everyday life.

Her borderless allusive drawing style is strange in the best way possible. By abstracting her figures' faces, she encourages interpretation based more-so on colours, hues, conversations, and environments than facial expressions. And when she does want to articulate the expressive reaction of a character, she does it by employing a wonderfully dramatic manga-like wide-eyed likeness.

To get a sense of Stein's refreshing outlook on the world, take a look below at this excerpt on the eclipse from one of her recent vice.com comics:

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