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The Voyeurs by Gabrielle Bell
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Aug 14, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: graphic-novel-adult

The Voyeurs is difficult to describe. The title partly describes the life of the central character, supposedly based on Bell herself. If it is truly autobiographical, I'm amazed that Gabrielle Bell hasn't died of terminal moping, as she portrays herself as the most depressed and depressing person on the planet much of the time.
The story is intriguing because she travels to all sorts of exciting places, interacts with amazing and creative people, and somehow comes out of it making the reader think that she should get her meds checked.
Bell is a self-educated artist who is really good at design and visuals, but she's also very good at self-deprecating writing. She comes across as an agoraphobic depressive for much of the book, but somehow manages to make that interesting, as if we're voyeurs ourselves, watching this wreck of an artist. Whether we're watching her eat her way through a San Diego ComicCon or ignore the French countryside, it's actually riveting.
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