Gabrielle Bell fascinatingly documents the mundane details of her below-minimum-wage, twentysomething existence in Brooklyn, New York, with a subtle humor. Bell tackles a string of forgettable, unrelated jobs-including nude modeling, artist’s assistant, art teacher, and jewelry maker-that only serve to bolster her despair, boredom, and discomfort in her own skin. Bell’s self-scrutiny leads her to dream sequences that allow her to rise above her banal actuality and hyperawareness. Bell’s daily comics allow her to escape the harsh, judgmental gaze of the world and the monotony of daily life. Her unpolished art speaks to a desire to record all the messy details while the pain and confusion are still fresh.
112 Pages Black and White Hardcover
Drawn & Quarterly, 2006