You a Bike a Road In acclaimed cartoonist and illustrator Eleanor Davis documented her cross country bike tour as it happened The immediacy of Davis comics journal makes for an incredible chronicle of human exper

  • Title: You & a Bike & a Road
  • Author: Eleanor Davis
  • ISBN: 9781927668405
  • Page: 403
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 2016, acclaimed cartoonist and illustrator Eleanor Davis documented her cross country bike tour as it happened The immediacy of Davis comics journal makes for an incredible chronicle of human experience on the most efficient and humane form of human transportation.Eleanor Davis is a cartoonist and illustrator She lives in Athens, GA and was born in Tucson, Arizona IIn 2016, acclaimed cartoonist and illustrator Eleanor Davis documented her cross country bike tour as it happened The immediacy of Davis comics journal makes for an incredible chronicle of human experience on the most efficient and humane form of human transportation.Eleanor Davis is a cartoonist and illustrator She lives in Athens, GA and was born in Tucson, Arizona In 2009, Davis won the Eisner s Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award and was named one of Print magazine s New Visual Artists In 2015, her book How To Be Happy won the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Anthology or Collection.

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    1. I like travel writing, though I can’t say I’ve read a ton. A couple of years ago, The Snow Leopard, by Peter Matthiessen, became an important book for me. I recall other comics that focus on travel, too. Craig Thompson’s Carnet de Voyage. I very much like Lucy Knisley’s lovely travel comics. I recently read Jason’s On the Camino (here’s my review):/review/showI had read three books by Eleanor Davis and think she is an amazing artist and illustrator—such color, and style!--but thoug [...]

    2. When Eleanor was posting these comics on twitter during the trip, I felt an ache in my bones at the thought that it would "only" be a twitter comic and that I might not be able to hold it in my hands someday. Luckily Annie Koyama and her team swooped in and made this beautiful book! It is one of the most powerful comics I've ever read, I can't recommend it highly enough. Five stars? TEN stars!!!I give a lecture to my comics students called "Your Comics Will Love You Back" and at the end of it I [...]

    3. As a homebound sick person, I was looking forward to reading a book that goes on a cross-country bike trip, but that's not exactly why I took it out. I just tend to appreciate Davis's work and I'm always curious where she'll next (she works on a pretty diverse bunch of projects.). Davis's journey is not a flashy one, not an easy one. She gets lonely, her knee hurts, she doesn't want to "fail" to complete the trip but she also wants to listen to her own wisdom about when she's ready to go home. I [...]

    4. I savored this reading experience. I am not at all an athletic person, nor do I bike, but there's something universal in the way Davis pits her body against the world, against the wide open spaces that provide beauty, against the inhospitable city-scapes, against the road & her own brain & body.It's a travelogue, rendered without panels, mostly. It's also about the complicated & uncomplicated kindness of strangers, the specificity of being vulnerable as a woman in the world, the safe [...]

    5. Eleanor Davis set out to ride her bicycle from Tucson, Arizona to Athens, Georgia. She kept a diary of her trip in comics form, and this book is the result. She's got a fast, loose style that allows her to get thoughts down quickly. There are highs and lows, both emotional and physical, throughout her journey. She meets some amazing people along the way.I've read a number of travel books in recent years, and the writers invariably seem to meet friendly, helpful people wherever they go. Then agai [...]

    6. this was delectable and inspiring, and I found it to be an interesting examination of the border in some respects. subtle social commentary and sparse illustration gave it a unique effect and reminded me of the therapeutic take on cycling and how we still achieve our goals even when we don't finish them completely. a feel-good hour or two spent on a chilly day.

    7. Eleanor Davis decided to bike from her parents' house in Tucson, Arizona to her house in Athens, Georgia. She documents the journey in this book, and while I would never argue that someone else is mentally or spiritually dumb just based on if they don't love something I think is a pure immaculate vision, possibly you might have some problems you should go to a therapist about if you read this and don't find the small quiet bird of your psyche suddenly kicking long wild legs up you totally forgot [...]

    8. I love this book. Davis captures the atmosphere and setting so well. The book is rich with well-observed details about her experience biking across the southwest and southern United States. The people that she meets on the road keep her journey interesting and add the feeling of being away from home and having adventures. Davis' cartooning is gorgeous, gestural, thoughtful, and expressive. I found the ongoing theme of personal strength inspiring and moving. It's a stunning graphic novel that I p [...]

    9. “Meet some strangers. Get to know them and they get to know you. Now they are your people.” You have seen Eleanor Davis’s work out in the world, though you may not have realized it was hers. You & A Bike & A Road is a facsimile of Eleanor’s diary and sketches she made during a 2016 bike trip from Tucson, Arizona back home to Athens, Georgia. With her trademark mixture of wry humor and sobering reminders of issues such as depression, failing health, and deportation, Davis takes us [...]

    10. A few months back I reviewed Norwegian cartoonist Jason's On the Camino, a faintly tedious portrait of his hike over a traditional pilgrimage route across northern Spain as something to do to mark his fiftieth birthday. He keeps everything, from the theological resonance of the journey to his own stumbling attempts at human connection, at arm's length, with his dry, self-regarding wit and careful clear-line depictions of interesting landmarks. By contrast, in this book, a documentation of her 20 [...]

    11. These are often very simple stylized drawings that originate from the author's cross-country bike trek from her parents' home in Tucson, Arizona to her own home in Athens, Georgia in 2016. Eleanor Davis documents her daily travels along the planned 2,000 mile or so journey through border states such as New Mexico and Texas and the people and events she encounters along the way.The impact and the stories behind the pictures are not simple at all though and often have dark underpinnings such as th [...]

    12. Eleanor Davis kept a sketchbook diary during a cross-country bicycle trip and the end result is an inspiring and insightful look at aging, depression, immigration, the beauty of the American landscape and the great kindness of which humanity is capable. I've read 286 graphic novels so far this year, and this one is the best.

    13. An interesting GN about a woman who decides to ride her bike across country. She does this as a personal challenge on her own. Sometimes sleeping in the rough, sometimes staying with people, one of her biggest challenges is the pain that reoccurs in her knees en route. Her story was interesting but the style of sketching that she used was off-putting to me.

    14. A wonderful diary of one cartoonist bike ride. A quick read, but worth it as she shares the beauty of the dessert, strangers, and overcoming your body and mind.

    15. I'm slowly becoming a fan of Koyama Press. I've read works by Michael DeForge, Ben Sears, Keiler Roberts and now Eleanor Davis and they have all been outstanding in their unique ways.This work by Eleanor Davis was filled with such beauty and emotion. A travelogue of her travels by bike cross part of the USA. We feel her knee pain, loneliness, and self doubt as she contemplates quitting on numerous occasions. What comes through the story is the unwavering kindness of complete strangers who shelte [...]

    16. Not usually a fan of travelogues, but love me some Eleanor Davis. She does something to my spirit, something good. This wasn't as rich or polished or optimistic as other stuff of hers, but it was very personal and sensitive. Lovely.

    17. i haven't enjoyed a bike travelogue this much in, like, ever. maybe because most bike tourers are dudes steeped in privilege, and it's interesting reading about it but i'm always like, "i could never do this." i mean, i have toured before, but i mean, i could never do it without the freedom from fear, other people's fear, and other people's condescensionis book is kind of like a good trip--just lots of tiny revelations, interesting people, tragedies witnessed. she doesn't keep politics out of it [...]

    18. I think I just need something different from the books I read. More words mainly, or if not that, at least detail, color, beautiful pictures. I guess I'm shallow that way.

    19. When Eleanor Davis set out on an ambitious cross-country bicycle trip from Arizona to Georgia, she documented her journey with rough sketches and thoughts. This graphic novel is a collection of the vignettes that Davis created in real time throughout the course of that journey. I didn't love Davis' sparse sketches on an aesthetic level, but they give this graphic novel a sense of immediacy and reveal a lot about how she felt from day to day.Although short and simple, this graphic novel explores [...]

    20. is anybody as good at drawing bodies as they move & exist & FEEL as eleanor davis is? and here too she draws beautiful landscapes which are about the movement of her line, the texture, and the white space. she’s as good at wonder & aloneness as she is at bodies and people being together. this book made me laugh and cry and want to clutch it to my chest - what else is there?

    21. I really enjoyed this book. A quick read, I read it all in one sitting, which is unusual for me. The author really captures what bicycle touring feels like. Everything from the good parts, to the bad parts, the insecurities and the joys felt, to me, just like being there. Wonderful, and inspiring.

    22. Right from the very first page this is beautiful. It's a simple graphic novel with powerful words about being a woman, traveling alone, and loving your bicycle. So good.

    23. I heard a lot of buzz about these comics when Eleanor was originally posting them online, but somehow that didn't prepare me for how good this book is. More than just a travel diary, this book touches on a lot of unexpected topics, including immigration, married life, and mental health. An inspiring read that's up there with my all-time favorite books.

    24. This was a wonderful travel narrative that brought back lots of memories from my own cross-country ride (encounters with strangers, other bikers, Warmshowers, knee pain, etc.). In addition to her clean, direct prose, I really admire Davis' artwork; she's able to capture so much with her pencilwork--especially in the many landscapes she moves through. Highly recommended.

    25. Wow! Eleanor Davis' comics have evolved A LOT over the past few years. I first discovered her work with the (excellent) all-ages "The Secret Science Alliance And The Copycat Crook" and immediately fell in love with her clean cartoon-y pencils. In the years since that book's release, her art has grown progressively more stylized with bold gestural brushstrokes and abstracted, almost Picasso-esque figures. Her latest book, "You & A Bike & A Road," published by indie comics powerhouse Koyam [...]

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