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02:31 am - The Best American Comics.
Houghton Mifflin just came out with The Best American Comics 2008, edited by the amazing Lynda Barry. My Seven Sacks story is included, and I also was chosen to do the cover. The book features lots of great artists; from our pals (!) Joe Lambert, Shawn Cheng and Sara Edward-Corbett to favorites like Gilbert Hernandez and Seth.

(Joe, I am stealing your flickr pics because I am too lazy to take photos myself!)





In trying to clutch at America I wound up flinging in tiny details willy-nilly, many of which only have meaning to myself and my family.



My mother's father, David McCutcheon, when he was a baby, with his mother, Florence Binford McCutcheon.




My father's Great-Grandmother, my Grandmother's Grandmother, Lalo.




Lalo's parents, my Great-Great-Great Grandparents, William Zachariah Mangum and Cornelia Elizabeth Mangum.




My Great-Grandmother and Great-Grandfather, my mother's Grandfather and Grandmother.


Some of the other details are pretty didactic and I was only willing to sneak them into an artwork when they were almost microscopically small.



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One more-


My mom and dad playing ping-pong while my sister and I sit on our porch roof and pick apricots.



Okay, so, I want to wrap up this post by saying something sort of cheesy. I've spent most of my life not knowing a lot about my family history. I've only recently made a real effort to learn more about the people who came before me.

Likewise, it wasn't until a couple years ago that I started to have the courage to think of myself as a citizen of my country, and take responsibility for educating myself about politics and history and current events and the world. Unlike learning about my family, learning about my country is frequently a downer. I would much rather spend my time reading comics than listening to the news. But it is important to do.

I am wholeheartedly proud of my family. I can't always say the same for my country. But I love my both my family and my country anyway.

Please vote in the upcoming elections. Please learn about the candidates and what they stand for. That's all.

Thanks dudes!

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From:bougieman
Date:October 2nd, 2008 06:35 am (UTC)
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Eleanor Davis for fuckin' PRESIDENT!
Nice job, gurl!

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From:tiny_monster
Date:October 2nd, 2008 06:38 am (UTC)
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That is a wonderful painting! And lovely photos.
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From:mao
Date:October 2nd, 2008 07:40 am (UTC)
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Saw it at the bookstore the other day, that cover's amazing! Congrats!
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From:shaenon
Date:October 2nd, 2008 08:33 am (UTC)
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That cover is mind-blowing.
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From:lostcosmonaut
Date:October 2nd, 2008 11:02 am (UTC)

th original must be big

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a lovely (x2) cover--very much enjoyed last year's volume and will be picking up this one as soon as I can

Recently I read th Wikipedia entries for all 43 presidents, for who-knows-why, but it was absorbing. It's nice to hear about other people suddenly getting an interest in such things. Yr Kim Phuc drawing doesn't come off didactic @ all, but I think th original photograph resists didacticism, too, because it's so weird and raw

--mza.
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From:joshpm
Date:October 2nd, 2008 11:40 am (UTC)
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Very VERY awesome. This issue looks great, and I think you really captured something there.
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From:patrickdean
Date:October 2nd, 2008 12:25 pm (UTC)
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I saw this at Bizarro Wuxtry yesterday and my jaw hit the ground. It's still there, miles away. Hurts like a bastard. Still, I can't get over the this cover.
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From:secondperiod
Date:October 2nd, 2008 12:55 pm (UTC)
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Eleanor - You are so fucking talented and awesome and MJ and Tommy and I miss hanging out with you. You are a genius. Speaking of your family, based on previous LJ comments, I so totally want to meet your mom. She seems awesome.
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From:secondperiod
Date:October 2nd, 2008 12:59 pm (UTC)
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Also, I'd really like to to talk to you about the stuff you mention in this entry. Like, in person. Because I think you and I agree on a lot of stuff Re: history and this country and etc. etc. etc.

Damn it, Eleanor, it is not even 9 am and you have made me think. This is inexcusable.
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From:mattious
Date:October 2nd, 2008 01:09 pm (UTC)
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Wow, everything I've seen is indicating that this may be the first accurately titled Best American Comics anthology. Go you! Go Lynda Barry! Yay comics!

By the way, your Great-Great-Great Granddad had one stupendous beard.
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From:beatonna
Date:October 2nd, 2008 02:09 pm (UTC)
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this is absolutely delightful
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From:exitwounds
Date:October 2nd, 2008 03:16 pm (UTC)
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as i've said before, you are amazing! this is wonderful. and even more wonderful now seeing the family histories tangled in there. i'm always so inspired by what you do. so glad you got picked to do this, it's so fantastic.

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From:antarellis
Date:October 2nd, 2008 04:24 pm (UTC)
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That cover is astounding.
From:mwiegle
Date:October 2nd, 2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
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Ye gods, that's great.
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From:awcomix
Date:October 2nd, 2008 04:58 pm (UTC)
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Looks really awesome (both book and cover) It's good to see a female editing one of these 'best of' books as they are mostly edited by men and tend to omit/overlook female artists.
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From:heroprotagonist
Date:October 2nd, 2008 06:10 pm (UTC)
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Holy smokes! This is beyond nifty!
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From:joeyweiser
Date:October 2nd, 2008 07:59 pm (UTC)
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So cool! I love seeing the history of some of those images. Thanks for sharing that =)
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From:smccloud
Date:October 5th, 2008 02:24 pm (UTC)
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That's one of the coolest covers I've ever seen. My heart aches to see a collection that lives up to it. I'm sure that Lynda's selections will be terrific, but I'd be surprised if they were that good.
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From:darkwaterfrey
Date:October 7th, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC)
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amazing. I did miss you at spx.
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From:jfrabin
Date:October 8th, 2008 03:12 am (UTC)
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Holy Cow Eleanor, you just freak me out. In the good way. I log on to LJ every once in a while to lurk and find out what my friends are worrying about or listening to, and then woot! Eleanor has made another new and beautiful creation. I am so glad you are doing so much good stuff. I hope that fates will smile kindly on our paths crossing in the near future. Kay, time for me to go back to reading about human rights violations. Don't let anyone tell you grad school isn't fun...
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From:heykidzcomix
Date:October 26th, 2008 06:44 pm (UTC)
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I'm not sure how I missed this, but it's fantastic!
From:kerrydennehy
Date:March 19th, 2009 02:48 pm (UTC)

congratulations!

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Hey congratulations on this cover! It is the best thing I've seen in a long while, and after I read this entry I appreciated it 10x more.

I'm writing this four and a half months after you posted this entry and you've since been recognized by Print Magazine. You deserve it, you absolutely deserve it.

Your scritchy lines beat slick designer lines every time.

K

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