by Karl Stevens
The new book from the acclaimed author of Guilty, Whatever, and The Lodger, Failure collects Karl Stevens’ beautifully rendered humorous comic strips from the Phoenix, Boston’s leading alternative weekly. His slice of life vignettes and surreal anthropomorphic experiments are revealing sketches of urban America and beyond.
Karl Stevens (born November 21, 1978 in Concord, MA) is a graphic novelist and painter. His first book, Guilty, was published in 2005 with a grant from the Xeric Foundation. His comic, “Whatever,” ran from 2005-2008 in the alternative weekly the Boston Phoenix. A collection of the strips was published in April 2008 by Alternative Comics. In May 2008 “Whatever” was replaced by a new comic, “Succe$$,” illustrated by Stevens and written by Gustavo Turner. “Failure” was his final series for the Phoenix.
As an illustrator, Stevens collaborated with Anthony Apesos on the book Anatomy for Artists: A New Approach Discovering, Learning, and Remembering the Body, released in October 2007 by North Light Books. His short stories have appeared in Volumes 1 and 3 of Blurred Vision, anthologies of “New Narrative Art” published by Blurred Books. Stevens is represented by the Carroll and Sons Gallery in Boston.
160 page full-color 8 1/2″ square paperback
Alternative Comics, 2013
Digital ISBN: 978-1-934460-11-5
Diamond Code: DEC120776
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“Just the sort of thing you want lying around your house or apartment to distract you, several pages at a time, from the potentially hungover but definitely mind-numbing bullshit of another quotidian day.” -Wayne Allan Brenner, The Austin Chronicle
“…you know that thing you do when you’re alone? I mean like really alone, that thing you do when there isn’t a chance in the world of anyone seeing you doing it? It can be anything: a weird voice, skipping around, whatever it is… you have something. In a way Stevens has captured those moments from himself and his friends and it’s kind of magical.” -Dustin Cabeal, Comic Bastards
“I was surprised at how well Stevens captures the hyper-intellectual, alcohol-hazed existential nightmare of grad school.” -Andrea Battleground, The A. V. Club – The Onion
“[The] style of Stevens’s artwork is exquisitely rendered, with micro-fine pen lines that capture the slightest gradations of light and shade.” -Douglas Wolk, The Washington Post
“The artwork in [Failure] is astounding. And that’s not a word I use very often.” -J. Caleb Mozzocco, Every Day Is Like Wednesday
“The artwork is fantastic, especially considering Stevens kept this up as a weekly for seven years!” -Sean Kleefeld, Kleefeld On Comics