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 is a graphic novelist and painter whose comics have appeared regularly in the New Yorker, Village Voice, and Boston Phoenix. Stevens’ graphic novels include Whatever (2008), The Lodger (2010), Failure (2013), The Winner (2018), and Penny: A Graphic Memoir (2021) He lives in Boston with his wife Alex and their cats, Penny and Pepper.

160 page full-color 8 1/2″ square paperback
Alternative Comics, 2013

ISBN: 978-1-934460-02-3
Digital ISBN: 978-1-934460-11-5
Diamond Code: DEC120776

Weight 13.00 oz
Price: $21.95



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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

Every Day Is Like A Wednesday, Best of 2013Comics Grinder’s Guide to Graphic Novels 2013 • Sequential Tart • Robot 6 – Comic Book Resources • The Comics Journal • Comics Grinder


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