Gabrielle Bell’s acclaimed collection explores a spectrum of human experience that ranges from the quotidian to the fantastical while always maintaining reliability. The characters of these stories, represented with a spare line, are deeply compelling, even in the finest minutiae of their struggles and triumphs. Culled from numerous anthologies, Cecil & Jordan in New York truly collects the best of Bell’s short stories and solidifies her place among today’s top cartoonists. This new softcover edition includes additional hard to find material not previously included in the original.
Gabrielle Bell’s work has been selected several times for Best American Comics and the Yale Anthology of Graphic Fiction, and has been featured in McSweeney’s, The Believer, Bookforum and Vice magazines. Her story, “Cecil and Jordan In New York,” was turned into a film by Michel Gondry. The Voyeurs was named one of the best Graphic Novels of the year by Publishers Weekly. Gabrielle Bell lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Praise for Everything is Flammable:
“Gabrielle Bell is able to create, with simple art and storytelling, the complexities of what are supposed to be life’s ‘simple’ moments with hilarious honesty and — fair warning — delicious cringe.” — Patton Oswalt
“Everything is Flammable is sometimes frightening, sometimes funny, sometimes incredibly sad, and always deeply engrossing. The center of Everything is Flammable is Bell's complicated relationship with her complicated mother-a person who lives a lot farther off the grid than most people's mothers. But there are many other characters in this book, and we want to know about all of the them. Bell is an acute and compassionate observer of her fellow humans.” — Roz Chast, author of Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?
“No one but Gabrielle Bell can so quietly traverse a single raw nerve for 160 pages. Just brilliant.” — Tom Hart, Rosalie Lightning: A Graphic Memoir
Praise for The Voyeurs:
"As she watches other people living life, and watches herself watching them, Bell's pen becomes a kind of laser, first illuminating the surface distractions of the world, then scorching them away to reveal a deeper reality that is almost too painful and too beautiful to bear." — Alison Bechdel, Fun Home
"The Voyeurs is the work of a mature writer, if not one of the most sincere voices of her literary generation. It's a fun, honest read that spans continents, relationships and life decisions. I loved it." — Chris Ware, Acme Novelty Library
"A master of the exquisite detail, Bell provides a welcome peephole into our lives." — Françoise Mouly, The New Yorker
"One of the Best Nonfiction Books of the year." — Kirkus Reviews
"One of the Best Graphic Novels of the year." — Publishers Weekly
"Best Graphic Memoir." — The Atlantic Wire
"One of the best things going in auto-bio inflected comics these days." — Art Spiegelman, Maus