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Look Back and Laugh
By (author): Liz Prince
9781603094344 Paperback, Trade English General Trade HUMOR / Form / Comic Strips & Cartoons Aug 21, 2018
$25.99 CAD
Active 4 x 7.06 x 1.19 in 416 pages Top Shelf Productions
Join the award-winning indie-comics darling for a hilarious, awkward, touching, and occasionally heartbreaking strip-a-day journey through one of the most tumultuous years of her life.

Liz Prince invites you to spend a year walking in her (Converse) shoes!  Look Back and Laugh collects the 365 comic strips she drew to document every day of her life in 2016. Follow Liz through such life-changing adventures as: buying a house, moving to a new state, getting married, crippling insomnia, and as always, lots of cats, cats, cats! Full of humor, pathos, and insight, these comics reveal the ups and downs that make up the glamorous micro-celebrity life of a freelance cartoonist.

Publication History: TR original

Liz Prince has been drawing comics ever since she was in 3rd grade, and her work has been published since 1994 when she began regularly contributing to the Santa Fe based zine Are We There Yet? From there, the offers didn’t stop coming. Her comics have been featured in several zines/comic anthologies, 5 gallery shows, and she has produced 2 mini-comics. Influenced by autobiographical greats like Evan Dorkin, Ariel Schrag, James Kochalka, and Jeffrey Brown, her comics mix her real-life foibles with charming cartooning and comic timing. Her fans have described her work as being “cute,” making them feel “warm & fuzzy,” or simply being “too much information.” Liz’s first full-length book Will You Still Love Me If I Wet the Bed? from Top Shelf Productions, exploring the banal and fascinating intimacies of her first true love, won the Ignatz Award, and was followed by Delayed Replays in 2008 and Alone Forever in 2014.

Author Residence: Portland, ME

Author Hometown: Boston, MA

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Author and artist interviews, and exclusive content reveals in comic media (Bleeding Cool, CBR, Nerdist, Newsarama, etc)


“Magnificently evocative…Simple, line-based art provides a perfect complement to her keen narration, giving this an indie, intimate feel and leaving readers feeling like they really know her. Liz’s story, captured with wry humor and a deft,visceral eye, is a must-read.”— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Charming…gloriously herself.”— People

“Prince’s tongue-in- cheek black-and-white line drawings, in a charming style reminiscent of Jeffrey Brown’s

autobiographical comics, pack a punch.”—Booklist

“An often funny, sometimes painful, and sharply observed graphic memoir.”— The Horn Book

“A cult and beloved figure in the world of comics.”—Flavorwire

“It’s hard not to love the endearingly funny, sketchbook journal-style autobiographical comics of Liz Prince….If you don’t feel good about life (or comics) after reading Liz’s stuff your heart is a black hole of weirdness.”—Wizard


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