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Eye of the Majestic Creature Paperback – May 23, 2011

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Leslie's work communicates an urban loneliness that I relate to a lot, seeing as we live in the same place. It's cute and sad and familiar, especially if you're 30 or under. (Nick Gazin - VICE)

Drawn in a totally out-there Surrealist style, this quick page-turner is proof that while you might be too old for Garfield and Friends, there are cartoons you can still relate to...and love. (Liza Darwin - Nylon)

Eye of the Majestic Creature is a total left-field-wtf-lol-rotf-gut-buster. (Birdsong)

Stein combines misanthropy and the longing for human connection with an absurd, biting wit and plenty of self-effacement. She also combines a fluid line with a dense stippling style to create memorable image after memorable image. Stein’s on my short list of artists who deserve much wider recognition. (Rob Clough - High-Low)

Early in the 20th Century, a beautiful cartoonist, Marcel Duchamp, pretended to be a marginally attractive woman and spent considerable time watching dust accumulate. Early in the 21st Century a beautiful cartoonist, Leslie Stein, pretended to be a funky dweeb and spent considerable time counting sand. Catch my drift? (Gary Panter)

[T]his book is phenomenal.... I really enjoyed this collection, and I want to see more from this creator.... There is significant depth to this fantastic story about a girl, her guitar, and the quirks associated with staying alive. (Alex Jarvis - Spandexless)

...Eye of the Majestic Creature... blend[s] autobiographical self-discovery, surreal free-association, philosophical ruminations, nostalgic reminiscences and devastatingly dry wit to describe life filtered through a seductive meta-fictional interior landscape…. and the results are enchanting and entrancing. (Win Wiacek - Now Read This!)

Visual inventiveness combined with a high level of wit. (Michael Kupperman)

Eye of the Majestic Creature is a wonderful comic book, and really one of the best books that I’ve read [this year]. (Comic Book Resources)

Leslie Stein’s comics inhabit a charming and semi-autobiographical (in the most ‘semi’ sense of the word) yet surreal, insular world where her best friend and closest confidant is an acoustic guitar. What’s not to relate to? (Peter Bagge, creator of Hate!)

About the Author

Leslie Stein was born and raised in Evanston, Illinois. She attended the San Francisco Art Institute in 2000, moved to New York and graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2004. Her early interest in comics and cartooning was revitalized around the turn of the century by her introduction to such independent/alternative cartoonists as Jim Woodring and Gilbert Hernandez. She has self-published her own comics series, Eye of the Majestic Creature, since 2005, the short stories from which have been published in two Majestic Creature collections to date. She plays guitar and sings in the band Prince Rupert’s Drops. She lives in Brooklyn.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics (May 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606994131
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606994139
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,805,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read this in one sitting really enjoying the world of Larrybear and company. What lifts it above the everyday story of a gal in a rut is the unique point of view the writer brings to all the characters making them flesh out and come alive. A fun read! I look forward to more books from L. Stein and all female Graphic Novelists!
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