Leslie Stein (Author)

Product Details

Drawn & Quarterly
Publish Date
October 17, 2017
6.3 X 0.8 X 7.9 inches | 1.0 pounds
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About the Author

Leslie Stein is the creator of the Eye of the Majestic Creature series, as well as the diary comic Bright-Eyed at Midnight. Her diary comics appear regularly on Vice. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.


"[Present] is visually minimalist -- yet expansive in terms of honesty and emotion."--Hollywood Reporter

"Reading Leslie Stein's comics - drawn from evanescent moments in daily life and the curious memories they encourage to surface - always feels strangely immersive, like experiencing the inside of someone else's head... [Present offers] modest, compassionate epiphanies."--Globe & Mail

"A collection of diarylike graphic short stories -- frank, charming, insightful meditations on daily life that manage to be sentimental but not cloyingly so."--Buzzfeed, Best Books of 2017

"The drawings in Leslie Stein's new book, Present, are prismatic, loopy, and effervescent. Her handwritten dialogue, squiggly forms, and watercolor washes are irresistible... I was caught off guard by the aching loneliness that permeates the book's autobiographical stories... by book's end, the loneliness feels companionable, like your reflection in a mirror."--Paris Review

"With minimalist linework and delicate watercolors... Stein brings a setting to life with rich color. [Present] is full of smart artistic choices that illuminate Stein's feelings in the moment, [in which] readers can discover the full range of her talent."--AV Club

"Every page is suffused with empathy, while resisting the saccharine: there are no tidy endings, nor smug moralizing. Stein's vibrant watercolors are a marvel, especially in the palette... Even the lettering tells a story, often exploding on the page in different colors and sizes. It all adds up to a sweet, relatable portrait of the minutiae that make life worth living."--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"Inventive and utterly unique."--Booklist

"Weird, warm, refined, delicate, softly precise and open-hearted, all at the same time."--Paste