Jeff LeVine’s Watching Days Become Years #2 presents 44 pages of unique and personal comics, real life stories set mostly in Los Angeles. This is a collection of the author’s thoughts on working and city living. The tone ranges from darkly comic and down to earth, to startling clear observations on the world at large, all skillfully drawn with the eye of a poet.
This issue of Watching Days Become Years is a cycle of short stories. Each has its own theme, but they mostly revolve around life in the quiet side streets of Los Angeles, California. The exception is a travel diary of a less than twenty-four hour long escape to San Francisco – to walk over new hills and be mesmerized by the difference and to hear an amazing concert by Ornette Coleman. The art is more refined than any of LeVine’s work to date and illustrates his amazing to capture the moment.
Jeff LeVine’s comics have previously been published in the cult 90’s series, No Hope and Lust for Life, as well as in numerous anthologies, and he edited eleven issues of the magazine Destroy All Comics.
“In Watching Days Become Years, Levine has struck his own unique vein in the mine first discovered by Harvey Pekar in American Splendor: namely, the interior life of the average guy with a regular job, the guy at the bar, the guy on the bus, the guy at home watching TV. It’s about trying to uncover beauty amidst the bland and even the ugly; it’s about trying to locate the eternal in the quotidian; and finally, it’s about striving to forge a personal style in and through which to represent the little epiphanies that are always there, and need only be looked for and then seized to bring a brief brightness of joy to illuminate what might otherwise be dark, dull and drab days.” — Bill Bowser, Copacetic Comics
44 page black and white paperback