Present by Leslie SteinPresent by Leslie Stein


byLeslie Stein

Hardcover | October 17, 2017

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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 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.
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.
Title:PresentFormat:HardcoverDimensions:168 pages, 7.78 × 6.15 × 0.84 inPublished:October 17, 2017Publisher:Drawn & QuarterlyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1770462945

ISBN - 13:9781770462946

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Editorial Reviews

"Clamorous, colorful pages swoon between childhood memories and anecdotes of daily life . . . Like Kandinsky illustrating Virginia Woolf." ? Globe & Mail

"[Stein] combines minimalist, but highly expressive, linework with delicate painted colors and there?s a lot of strength in the simplicity of her storytelling." ? AV Club