Eye of the Majestic Creature by Leslie Stein

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A quirky and surprising graphic novel debut.

Eye of the Majestic Creature is a collection of semi-autobiographical and fantasy-based comics that combine dry humor, psychedelia, and emotion to show the viewpoint of one person’s world internally and externally. The story follows a young girl, Larrybear, and her talking acoustic guitar Marshmallow on their adventures through the countryside, Chicago, San Francisco and New York. While Larrybear struggles to connect with strangers, her friends, and her family to various degrees of success, her growing population of anthropomorphic friends have adventures of their own.

Larrybear is in a constant struggle between the desire to connect with those around her and to be left to her own devices. You get a glimpse of her past life when she visits her home town of Chicago, trying to relate to old friends who have not matured since high school, as well as her family (which includes her Hippopotamus father and his harem of ex-wives, two brothers, and Salsa-dancing mom). In the present, she moves to New York to find work for a time, resulting in many hilarious and drunken adventures with her new coworkers at a cell phone decorating shop, and her old friend Boris, who shares with her his P. G. Wodehouse books, as well as his “Incredible Hulk” weed. Drawn in shades of gray using the near-deceased practice of stippling, Stein’s imagery draws you into Stein’s world for a complete and engrossing experience. 128 pages of black-and-white comics

About Leslie Stein

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Leslie Stein, aka larrybear, spends most of her time drawing comics, listening to old time radio shows and playing records in Brooklyn, NY. She also performs in the band Prince Rupert's Drops.
Published May 23, 2011 by Fantagraphics. 128 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Underground-influenced comics fall into certain patterns—idiosyncratic art, rambling tales of daily life, copious use of mood-altering substances—but Stein makes hers fresh with the addition of a talking guitar.

May 02 2011 | Read Full Review of Eye of the Majestic Creature

The Comics Journal

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more downright affable character than blithely blitzed Larrybear, the young female focus of Leslie Stein’s ongoing semiautobiographical comic, whose first four issues are collected here.

May 20 2011 | Read Full Review of Eye of the Majestic Creature

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