Eleanor Davis has been producing comics of all sorts and sizes, employing a dazzling array of techniques and styles, for over a decade. In addition, she is an accomplished and widely published illustrator who also engages in a personal art practice. These multiple disciplines have continually informed and reinforced each other, leading to the rich and varied nature of the work that she continues to create. The work collected between the covers of How to Be Happy – much of it previously published in MOME – amply demonstrates the quality and range of her work, with a special focus on her most recent watercolor comics work, most notably "In Our Eden" and "Nita Goes Home",both of which are real standouts. Also on hand are plenty of pen & ink and mixed-media comics, which together demonstrate Davis's range and stylistic evolution. While a disclaimer at the start states, "This is not actually a book about how to be happy," we would beg to differ, for there is evident joy in the work printed on these pages, and, while the narratives presented by the work do not (nor pretend to) provide guides to the pursuit of happiness, it is clear that Ms. Davis herself has found, if not happiness itself, then consolation, certainly, in its production and that the contents of this work promises to bring a similar contentment to its readers. Take a moment out of your hectic schedule to get a taste in this PDF preview.
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