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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Uncivilized Books (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098468140X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984681402
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #670,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"One of the Best Nonfiction Books of the year."—Kirkus Reviews

"One of the Best Graphic Novels of the year."—Publishers Weekly

"Best Graphic Memoir."—The Atlantic Wire

"As a baseline, [Bell's] work is always graceful and funny, while still extremely intense and thoughtful. There's just no one out there with a voice quite like hers. But then on top of that, this book is just plain juicy, as it documents parts of her relationship with filmmaker Michel Gondry. So if you're into poking your nose into that sort of thing, this book has an extra thrill to it. Also it is gorgeous and will look lovely on your bookshelf. If you're into that sort of thing, too."—Jami Attenberg, The Middlesteins

"Playfully drawn and provocatively written, the memoir reinforces Bell's standing among the first rank of the genre's artists."—Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

"[Gabrielle Bell's] thoughtful and revealing comics are eccentric, funny, and irresistibly readable."—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"You could say The Voyeurs is the work of a writer’s writer, but it’s actually something more cool, more exotic, more punk: a rare glimpse of the fiercely mysterious human heart, observed in its natural habitat."—The Comics Journal

"[...] Bell's work stands out for its meticulous, detailed presentation, in both words and pictures. When she tells author Lorrie Moore "what I'd really like to do is write" (Moore's cartoon-perfect response: "Oh, no!"), one can't help but wonder what kind of prose book this gifted voice might produce."—Rain Taxi Review of Books

"The Voyeurs is the work of a mature writer, if not one of the most sincere voices of her literary generation. It's a fun, honest read that spans continents, relationships and life decisions. I loved it."—Chris Ware, Acme Novelty Library

"As she watches other people living life, and watches herself watching them, Bell's pen becomes a kind of laser, first illuminating the surface distractions of the world, then scorching them away to reveal a deeper reality that is almost too painful and too beautiful to bear."— Alison Bechdel, Fun Home

"A master of the exquisite detail, Bell provides a welcome peephole into our lives."—Françoise Mouly, The New Yorker

"A concise short story cartoonist and an accomplished storyteller of the mundane, Gabrielle Bell humorously blends the extraordinary — shooting a movie in Japan, and the all-too common — obsessing about a pimple. A master of the exquisite detail, Bell provides a welcome peephole into our lives.”—Françoise Mouly, The New Yorker

“One of the best things going in auto-bio inflected comics these days.”—Art Spiegelman, Maus

About the Author

Gabrielle Bell’s work has been selected for the 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011 Houghton-Mifflin Best American Comics and the Yale Anthology of Graphic Fiction, and has been featured in McSweeney’s, The Believer, Bookforum and Vice magazines. “Cecil and Jordan In New York,” the title story of her most recent book, was adapted for the screen by Bell and director Michel Gondry in the film anthology Tokyo! She lives in Brooklyn.

More About the Author

Gabrielle Bell was born in England and raised in California. In 1998 She began to collect her "Book of" miniseries (Book of Sleep, Book of Insomnia, Book of Black, etc), which resulted in When I'm Old and Other Stories, published by Alternative Comics. In 2001 she moved to New York and released her autobiographical series Lucky, published by Drawn and Quarterly. Her work has been selected for the 2007, 2009 and 2010 Best American Comics and the Yale Anthology of Graphic Fiction, and she has contributed to McSweeneys, Bookforum, The Believer, and Vice Magazine. The title story of Bell's book, "Cecil and Jordan in New York" has been adapted for the film anthology Tokyo! by Michel Gondry. Her latest book, The Voyeurs, is available from Uncivilized Books. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Gabrielle Bell is my favorite comic book artist.
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It's a fun, honest read that spans continents, relationships and life decisions.
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Definitely worth keeping up with now and in the future.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Duncan on January 18, 2013
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The author Gabrielle Bell is a tangle of self-doubt, depressive thinking, and contradictions - but the art and the stories (which are semibiographical for the most part) resonate with me. Lots of talent here.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nicolas Palau on April 16, 2013
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I hated the author while reading the book. I just loved her at the end (or don't?). Wish someday she comes to my third world and makes some comics here.
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By Sibelius on May 27, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Bells' detailed and expressive doodling is the highlight here but her personal autobiographic musings aren't so bad either - particularly the memoirs of her world travels with (ex boyfriend) Michel Gondry.
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By akibo on May 26, 2013
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Gabrielle Bell is my favorite comic book artist. Her work is insightful, funny, poignant, unpredictable. The personal aspect of it makes it real and relatable. This book is a consistent continuation of her previous work, which you should also check out!
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