How to Completely Lose Your Mind: A Graphic Novel Memoir of One Indie Band's Attempt to Break a World Record
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About the Author
Elizabeth Jancewicz is an illustrator, author, painter, and artist. She spends much of her time touring the country with her husband, Eric, in their band Pocket Vinyl, where she creates large, whimsical oil paintings on stage while Eric sings and plays music. Elizabeth is the creator of the autobiographical webcomic The Touring Test and is also a co-director of Drive. Play. Sleep., a documentary film about "every band you've never heard of." She grew up in remote northern Quebec but now lives in Connecticut.
Eric Stevenson is a musician, singer, and writer. He makes up one half of the band Pocket Vinyl with his wife, Elizabeth, where he slams on the piano and sings while Elizabeth creates oil paintings on stage. He has published graphic novels with Elizabeth and is a co-director of the documentary film Drive. Play. Sleep. Eric lives in Connecticut.
"As a touring musician, I absolutely adored this heartfelt, honest, and beautifully illustrated account of the unique pitfalls and victories of DIY touring. It's a deeply fun read laced with poignant observations about creativity, sacrifice and community--I loved every page of it!"
--Tommy Siegel, cartoonist and guitarist/singer in Jukebox the Ghost
"I absolutely HOUSED this comic in one sitting, absolutely loved it. It's a page-turning affirmation of everything I love about a creative life."
--Christopher Hastings, author of Dr. McNinja, Gwenpool, and Rude Tales of Magic
"In How to Completely Lose Your Mind, the pursuit of art for its own sake is a courageous act that cultivates hope, compassion, and the kind of community that makes seemingly impossible feats survivable. An inspiring read for any artist in doubt of whether to pursue the next big thing."
--Zoe Si, Pulitzer-nominated New Yorker cartoonist
"How to Completely Lose Your Mind is a delightful read. Following this artistic power-couple on their epic tour through the US is both inspiring and emotional. Not only does it present a real window into how a hardworking band does their thing, it also shows how uniquely Elizabeth and Eric are able to reveal the kindness of the artistic communities found in every state in this country."
--Matthew Loux, creator of The Time Museum series and Prunella and the Cursed Skull Ring
"A cross-country adventure capturing the fun and the grind of a two-person band trying to break a world record. An uplifting real story of how the kindness of strangers can carry you through to your goals, even when your friends question your judgment."
--Chris Hallbeck, creator of Pebble and Wren
"I was sucked right in! A masterclass in visual storytelling!"
--Chesca Hause, creator of Litterbox Comics
"A heartwarming glimpse into the ups and downs of touring as a band, pushing yourself to the limit, and the overwhelming kindness of strangers."
--Alina Tysoe, author of What's Up Beanie?
"A story filled with heart and luck!"
--Akeem S. Roberts, New Yorker cartoonist
"I feel like every creative journey begins with an essential spark of child-like sincerity that must be protected from an unforgiving reality. In How to Completely Lose Your Mind, we're with Jancewicz and Stevenson every mile of their tour, tired and tested, unquestionably committed, gradually surrendering to the disarming kindness of strangers and friends along the way. This book is for anyone who's ever had an artistic dream, no matter how big or small. I loved reading it."
--Stephen P. Neary, creator of Cartoon Network Studio's The Fungies!
"Elizabeth perfectly captures the highs and lows of touring as a band that isn't a household name. This is your chance to see America without leaving your couch."
--Michael Sweater, author of Everything Sucks
"How to Completely Lose Your Mind captures the frenetic reality of touring long-term for a creative career: where even the best laid plans can't spare you the pitfalls of poor hosts, existential crisis, or emergency. Where the beauty in long drives becomes a balm and the kindness of strangers can move you to tears, all for the sake of art. Anyone who has toured extensively will see their journey reflected in these pages."
--Rachel Dukes, author of Frankie Comics
"How to Completely Lose Your Mind is truly a one of a kind cross-country journey filled with creativity, unexpected turns and rewarding moments that will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. A feel-good adventure guide."
--Weinye Chen, creator of It's Weinye webcomics