Failure

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June 2013

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The new book from the acclaimed author of Guilty, Whatever and The Lodger. Failure collects Karl Stevens' beautifully rendered humorous comic strips from The Boston Phoenix. His slice of life vignettes and surreal anthropomorphic experiments are revealing sketches of urban America and beyond.

“Just the sort of thing you want lying around your house or apartment to distract you, several pages at a time, from the potentially hungover but definitely mind-numbing bullshit of another quotidian day.” – Wayne Allan Brenner,
The Austin Chronicle

“I was surprised at how well Stevens captures the hyper-intellectual, alcohol-hazed existential nightmare of grad school.” – Andrea Battleground,
The AV Club

“[The] style of Stevens’s artwork is exquisitely rendered, with micro-fine pen lines that capture the slightest gradations of light and shade.” – Douglas Wolk,
The Washington Post

“The artwork in [
Failure] is astounding. And that’s not a word I use very often.” – J. Caleb Mozzocco, Every Day Is Like Wednesday

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•Comics blog

“Karl Stevens is known for his photorealist comics, using a dense amount of cross-hatching, shading and color to bring his drawings to life … At heart, Stevens has a real ear for funny anecdotes and how to relate them. Some of them are provoked by his own weirdness or silliness, but others are simple sharply observed and rendered so as to provide the funniest outcome.” – Rob Clough

Publishers Weekly

•Publishing trade magazine

“Karl Stevens’ strips … [are] irreverent, satirical and thoroughly eccentric.”

TIME magazine

•News and entertainment magazine

“Stevens’ artwork … is rendered with fanatical care, just about as realistically as it’s possible to do freehand. (He’s noted that most of his comics use photographs as reference, but he draws them from observation rather than lightboxing.) In particular, most of his black-and-white strips are drawn with micro-detailed crosshatched textures, and his color paintings are precisely observed and modeled, too: he’s really focused on depicting gradations of light and shadow as accurately as they can be approximated by hand without that hand falling off.” – Douglas Wolk