To get everyone excited about Volume 2 coming out soon, Fantagraphics and comiXology released Eye of the Majestic Creature Vol. 1 to add to your digital comics library. Leslie Stein's book is a collection of semi-autobiographical and fantasy-based comics that combine dry humor, psychedelia, and emotion to show the viewpoint of one person's world internally and externally.
The story follows a young girl, Larrybear, and her talking acoustic guitar Marshmallow on their adventures through the countryside, Chicago, San Francisco and New York. While Larrybear struggles to connect with strangers, her friends, and her family to various degrees of success, her growing population of anthropomorphic friends have adventures of their own.
Enjoy this 122-page unique work for only $14.99 over at comiXology today. And start practicing on your own Marshmallow guitar for Volume 2!
"Stein's cartooning is broad and trippy, and if she occasionally becomes intoxicated with her own gimlet-eyed sensibility, she's never afraid to turn that dark wit on herself. Eye of the Majestic Creature… is ultimately the tale of a young woman rejecting the things that shaped her and attempting to figure out what comes next for her. Thanks to Stein's loose, amiable approach, you'll want to know that, too." –Glen Weldon, NPR
"Underground-influenced comics fall into certain patterns – idiosyncratic art, rambling tales of daily life, copious use of mood-altering substances – but [Leslie] Stein makes hers [Eye of the Majestic Creature] fresh with the addition of a talking guitar…. Stein's style is very readable, with sparse linework and a lead character that resembles a more tripped-out Little Orphan Annie, with huge blank buttons for eyes. Stein's settings and other characters show more detail, especially in the complex stippling, demonstrating her outward focus…. Her world is full, even if it's one that's a bit off-kilter…" –Publishers Weekly