The Complete Works of Fante Bukowski
Living in a beat-up motel and consorting with the downtrodden as well as the mid-level literati, Fante Bukowski must overcome great obstacles -- a love interest turned rival, ghostwriting a teen celebrity's memoirs, no actual talent -- to gain the respect and adoration from critics and, more importantly, his father. Van Sciver has created a scathing, hilarious, and empathetic character study of a self-styled author determined that he's just one more poem (or drink) away from success.
This expanded edition includes a foreword by novelist Ryan Boudinot (Blueprints of the Afterlife), a facsimile reproduction of Bukowski's literary debut, 6 Poems (thought lost to time in the wake of a motel fire that destroyed the entire original print run), a "Works Cited" section, and a selection of "visual tributes" by over two dozen cartoonists including Nina Bunjevac, Simon Hanselmann, Jesse Jacobs, Ed Piskor, Leslie Stein, and others.
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Noah Van Sciver absolutely nails the mortifying lack of self-awareness of insufferable young artistes everywhere: the coffee-shop denizens, the wannabe skid row poets, the pretentious dreamers who so earnestly believe themselves to be legendary they never once consider that their shit-art merits no such adulation. They're all there in these pages, waiting for you to tell them how great they are.--Adam Cayton-Holland (Comedian and Writer)
Readers may cringe at Fante's clueless self-delusion, but as irredeemable as he might be, they're also likely to root for him just a bit.
Van Sciver has established himself as a thoughtful cartoonist with a talent for exploring the complexities of the human condition with a pointed sense of humor, and Fante Bukowski highlights the combination of desperation and foolhardiness that makes this character an especially compelling trainwreck.
Van Sciver [has] struck gold with his masterful skewering of the self-important, self-proclaimed tortured geniuses who stink out the fringes of the literary world.