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“I love [Davis’s] free-form drawing . . . She just has a funny, truthful voice.” —Audrey NiffeneggerVanessa Davis’s autobiography, more observational than confessional, delighted readers ten years ago when she first began telling stories about her life in New York as a young single Jewish woman. Spaniel Rage is filled with frank and immediate pencil-drawn accounts of datin“I love [Davis’s] free-form drawing . . . She just has a funny, truthful voice.” —Audrey NiffeneggerVanessa Davis’s autobiography, more observational than confessional, delighted readers ten years ago when she first began telling stories about her life in New York as a young single Jewish woman. Spaniel Rage is filled with frank and immediate pencil-drawn accounts of dating woes, misunderstandings between her and her mother, and conversations with friends.Her keen observation of careless words spoken casually is refreshingly honest, yet never condemning. Unabashedly, Davis offers up gently self-deprecating anecdotes about her anxieties and wry truths about the contradictions of life in the big city. These comics are sexy, funny, lonely, beautiful, spare, and very smart—the finest work from a natural storyteller....

Title : Spaniel Rage
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ISBN : 9780976684800
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 120 Pages
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Spaniel Rage Reviews

  • Kevin
    2019-03-20 10:48

    Casual and fun. Like hanging out with a good friend.

  • Serena
    2019-03-11 16:33

    Nope. Just no. I love a good diary comic but this was hot mess.

  • Rebecca McNutt
    2019-03-12 12:35

    A uniquely-drawn and vibrant graphic novel, Spaniel Rage is unlike anything I've ever read and it was a great story, too. :)

  • Kristian Wilson
    2019-02-18 17:41

    In 2003, an artist living her post-college life in New York City made it her mission to draw one thing every day. Vanessa Davis didn't always manage to meet her goals, but the resulting book, Spaniel Rage is well worth the effort.The most striking thing about Spaniel Rage is how relevant it feels today. Davis' illustrations date to 2003, and the book was originally published in 2005 by a now-defunct press. (Drawn + Quarterly re-released Spaniel Rage in 2017.) A lot has changed in that time, but the cartoon Vanessa's failures, triumphs and everyday banalities don't feel pulled from some distant yesteryear. In fact, the moral of Spaniel Rage's meandering story may be that young, single women from two ends of a generation — or even from separate generations — have more in common than we think.If you're an artist, you'll find even more to relate to in Spaniel Rage. Davis' thing-a-day habit exposes the natural ups and downs of the creative life; sometimes you have it, sometimes you don't. When she doesn't, Davis writes a note in the margins about her perceived lack of talent for the day. It's those little intimacies that make Spaniel Rage such a joy to read.Davis' book celebrates the daily little quirks that make life interesting, highlighting them with just the sort of low-key fanfare you do use your own thoughts and conversations. These aren't the phone-Mom-in-tears successes, but the quick anecdotes about petting cute dogs and spotting city legends. For all those you-had-to-be-there moments, Spaniel Rage is here.I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for this review.

  • Loren
    2019-03-04 12:48

    Not gonna lie...from the title and cover, I was hoping for more comics with dogs in them.

  • Marissa
    2019-02-18 15:39

    I picked this graphic novel up initially because the drawing style reminded me of Lynda Barry. The drawings have a similar crude, yet secretly really skilled kind of quality that I like a lot and I like that the book is in a diary format. The writing isn't ground-breaking or anything, but it's got a nice day-in-the-life pacing to it.

  • Megan
    2019-03-17 11:18

    This is a collection of Vanessa Davis's journal entries over a couple of years. I liked it because you can't really peice together everything, but there are just charming snippets. She obsesses about her hair and sits around in her underwear at home a lot, which might not sound engaging, but it really was. It is inspiring to do more journal-entries-as-comics i think.

  • Shoshanna
    2019-03-17 15:24

    Loved this collection / scrapbook. Many of these pages were filled with short comics. Others were sketches / cartoons that were still very funny and VERY insightful. I laughed and felt very connected with Vanessa Davis through this. No big single story, just a really great scrapbook of comics and cartoons by an incredible comics author!

  • jenne
    2019-03-05 11:44

    best comics ever. its sorta roz chast without the oneliner, autobiographical and a little too heartbreakingly true to life.

  • Rebekah Gordon
    2019-03-10 16:35

    Feels very personal and raw, sometimes in a good way and sometimes in a bit of a cringeworthy way -- it really feels like reading someone's diary. It's funny to open a book that I so associate with 2017 (in the press around its release, the binding style, etc), and to find it so thoroughly 2003 inside. I think I like that, though.I do wish there were more dogs. Feel a little cheated on that front.

  • Angelica
    2019-02-19 11:32

    I wanted more

  • Maureen
    2019-02-27 12:39

    I liked these sketches a lot, the content was just extremely boring.

  • ray-chel ♥
    2019-02-20 09:26

    No thanks. Contrived, at best.

  • Emilia P
    2019-02-18 14:22

    Uhhh this was meandering. And I totally wrote a review of it intended for Hot Dog Taste Test. And I am ashamed. Regardless. It was pretty good. Weird lady cartoonists are very important.

  • christa
    2019-02-18 11:18

    Personal bloggers retire every day. It happens in waves in my Google Reader. Two down here, two down there. No one wants to fill the internet with the inane details of a day anymore. Unfortunately, that’s still what I like to read. I call it “The Curse of Knowing Who Eric Nies Is Syndrome,” or “Coming of Age at the Onset of Reality Television.” More than status updates and Tweets and links on Google+. I’m a sucker for the “And then we went to Trader Joe’s and I couldn’t find my car keys and.” Cut to Vanessa Davis, one of my favorites in the comics biz, and her book “Spaniel Rage,” created right in the meat of the personal blogging era. For a long time I’ve been wondering about The Life As Art. This is a reality TV-memoir hybrid that crosses artistic genres. What if every day you made something to represent something that happened that day. A drawing, a paragraph, a paper mache head. What would that compilation look like after 365 days? This would be a project that starts at Point A and finishes at Point Z, but the artist would have no idea what would happen at Point Z, even when they were at Point M. Would there be themes? Would the things that were considered highlight-worthy change in the course of a year? And just as important: What about the things that weren’t included. And, for the artist, at the end of the project they’d have lived an entire year as the subject of an art project in addition to just living an ordinary life. Davis does this, kind of. The collection is a series of journal drawing she did between 2003 and 2004. Each is a self-contained entry marked with a date. There are no real themes or points of connection between the drawings, although co-stars sometimes make a return. There is Vanessa Davis wondering if her roommate is wearing her underwear and still glowing from a Junior Senior concert the previous night. She has a good hair day or she questions her relationships with dudes. She lies on the couch and watches 80s classics or goes to a dance party. Some of these drawings are half-finished, eraser marks still visible. She’s inconsistent with her use of pen and pencil. I’m not sure why she does this, but it kind of adds to the whole charming package of Vanessa Davis, who is super relatable in her normalcy and itty-bitty fits of neurosis.

  • Jennifer
    2019-02-22 12:22

    It could be my attention span, but I can't help but love reading pictures right now. It is instantaneous communication where there is no separation between the aesthetics and storytelling. Yea, pictures! I was delighted to find a copy of Vanessa Davis' book at the bookstore and get a chance to see what came before Make Me a Woman. It is still amazing art of honest autobiographic snippets. I was trying to think what about the pictures makes it feel so compelling and I think it may be the perspective of the drawings, as usually seen from an angle above each scene. It is like I am peeking down into her tiny stage of life drama. I can see how it must make her think and examine herself and her own thoughts. (This is of course stemming from my own contemplative mood brought on by the holidays and cloudy climates.) I could eat this book with a spoon.

  • Thomas
    2019-02-22 11:40

    Goofy, self-deprecating, unbearably hip auto-bio comics. It's hard to even use the word "comics" because they are really just odd ball sketches. Do you wear a resigned half smile while pondering the randomness of being in your 20's? If so, this book is all you. (Actually, I saw Ms. Davis at Reading Frenzy two years ago and she was hilarious! But ultimately this stuff is not my cup of tea.)

  • Margot
    2019-02-20 09:40

    Autobiographical, sketch-a-day format. Makes me want to try it, too! Maybe if I practice enough, I could draw. Hmmm...I love how Davis draws herself, and represents herself so unself-consciously. I want to be her friend!

  • Nat Smith
    2019-02-18 17:18

    didn't realize there were more sketches with captions than storylines. Still, you can see the growth in her and her work, very accessible, but the full length stories at the end were more my style.

  • Simon Sweetman
    2019-03-05 16:36

    Loved this, crude in some cases, hilarious and like an oversized 'zine essentially...a series of journal/diary drawings taken over a year or so...some great threads and some wonderful nonsense too.

  • P.
    2019-02-21 09:18

    Vanessa Davis, pls be my friend.

  • lucyblack
    2019-03-18 17:19

    kindof ya but not ya. nice short read and the last story is heaps funny.