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Lucky Hardcover

Gabrielle Bell
Gabrielle Bell

Gabrielle Bell (Mome, Drawn & Quarterly Showcase) documents the mundane details of her below-minimum wage, twenty-something existence in Brooklyn, NY with a subtle humour. Her simple, unadorned drawing style, heavy narration and biting wit chronicles 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 modelling, artist’s assistant, art teacher, and jewellery 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 hyper-awareness. Bell fantasizes about her vision of a perfect world as she becomes the accomplished artist and world traveller 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 is still fresh. Coming of age amidst 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.


Drawn & Quarterly, hardback, 112 pages, published December 2006


£17.99  £12.4131 %

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