How To Be Happy

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August 2014

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“I challenge anyone not to want to live in the world Eleanor creates.” – It’s Nice That

Eleanor Davis’s How to Be Happy is the artist’s first collection of graphic/literary short stories, and it’s about time. Davis is one of the finest cartoonists of her generation, and has been producing comics since the mid-2000s.

How To Be Happy represents the best stories she’s drawn for such connoisseurial venues as Mome, Nobrow, and Lucky Peach, as well as her own self-publishing and web efforts. Davis achieves a rare, subtle poignancy in her narratives that are at once compelling and elusive, pregnant with mystery and a deeply satisfying emotional resonance. How To Be Happy shows the full range of Davis’s graphic skills — sketchy drawing, polished pen-and-ink line work, and meticulously designed full-color painted panels — which are always in the service of a narrative that builds to a quietly devastating climax.

“Imaginative and funny and fanciful, but it’s also very thoroughly worked out. She’s not afraid to be clear.” – Françoise Mouly


“Nita Goes Home” (originally published in Mome) selected for The Best American Comics 2013.

Eleanor Davis is the 2009 winner of the Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Eisner Award and 2013 winner of the Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators.

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“A major cartooning talent.”

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“Despite the changing styles, the constant is an incredible storytelling sense even when really pushing page layout, couple this with bravery, honesty, passion in what she makes and you have a star in the making.”

Publishers Weekly

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“Davis’s short comics have been Tumblr favorites for her artistic style mixing classic illustrative techniques with unsettling observations and sexuality. This first print collection of her stories promises no less.”