Lust: Kinky Online Personal Ads from Seattle's The Stranger, by Ellen Forney
Introduction by Dan Savage and Corianton Hall
Ellen Forney's follow-up to her wildly popular I Love Led Zeppelin is a collection of cartoons celebrating the sometimes stunningly crude, sometimes surprisingly sweet online world of kinky personal classifieds. Forney has for several years been illustrating Seattle alt-weekly The Stranger's "Lustlab" classified ads by adapting the most interesting, outrageous, or idiosyncratic ad in that week's paper. She uses a variety of resource materials for inspiration, from early erotic photography to Tom of Finland to Wacky Packages-style send-ups of consumer products to original designs. To cap it off, the collection includes five candid interviews with Lustlab users, and an introduction by the notorious sex advice columnist and novelist (and Stranger editor), Dan Savage.
“Ellen Forney’s drawing is more versatile, more erotic, and more adventurous than the entire sexual underbelly of Seattle put together. Which is saying quite a lot, after having read some of these ads.”
-Alison Bechdel, Fun Home
“Ellen Forney is the rare comic artist that can take someone’s kinks and make them look more like endearing, fascinating quirks.”
– Dan Savage and Corianton Hall, from the Introduction
I Love Led Zeppelin: Panty-Dropping Comics By Ellen Forney
Introduction by Sherman Alexie
• Featuring collaborations with Margaret Cho, Kristin Gore, Camille Paglia, and Dan Savage
Eisner Award-nominated I Love Led Zeppelin is the long-awaited collection of strips by acclaimed cartoonist Ellen Forney. This book includes full-page comics published in venues such as the L.A. Weekly, Seattle's The Stranger, BUST Magazine, and the Oxford American.
Several of Forney's strips fall into the "How To" category, although this is not your standard advice column fare: topics range from the practical ("How to Smoke Pot and Stay Out of Jail") to the whimsical ("How to Twirl Your Tassles In Opposite Directions") to the fascinating but hopefully impractical ("How to Sew an Amputated Finger Back On").Other strips include "The Final Soundtrack," a death fantasy involving blood, glamour, and Led Zeppelin; "How to Be a Fabulous Fag Hag," an illustrated interview with Margaret Cho; "Seattle's Erotic Landmarks"; and "Memories of Love," a graphic tour of Courtney Love's rise and fall of celebritydom.
"One big, zany breath of fresh air."
-L.A. Times Book Review
"Forney's line work is so graceful, bold and supple it's hard not to feel like you're ogling it... Her work is bristling with badass attitude, but every page she draws reveals her compassionate interest in other people's minds."
"Ellen Forney's hilarious, exuberant, powerful, voluptuous drawings are a frickin' force of nature."
-Alison Bechdel, Fun Home, "Dykes to Watch Out For"
MONKEY FOOD: The Complete "I Was Seven in '75" Collection
Comics by Ellen Forney
Breathing some life into the current trend of seventies nostalgia, MONKEY FOOD is sweet, charming, and very funny, free from the mocking irony that mars most "retro" stories in the 1990s. Readers will recognize their own childhood selves in these coming-of-age stories, whether they were '70s babies or not. Based on semi-autobiographical material of growing up in a liberal, suburban hipster "Free to Be...You and Me" family in the '70s, this is a collection of hilarious, light-hearted, and fondly-remembered stories. Storylines include getting caught reading Judy Blume's Forever, family camping trips to a nudist camp, arm-wrestling the second-grade class bully, trying to avoid getting stuck with a regrettable nickname (like "Horny Forney"), how to fake blowing one's nose into one's hands, and the author's perfect moment: when Lindsay Wagner sang "Feelings" on The Bionic Woman.
Nominated for Harvey and Eisner National Comics Awards
"I Was Seven in '75" is a photo album of the '70s come to life in all its shag-rug glory. Forney's witty documentation of the Me Decade... and charmed nostalgia stands in relief to typical Gen-X angst-drenched memoirs."
"The comic is hilarious week to week, but this collection reveals the remarkable and subtle changes in Ellen, Matt, Mom and Dad over time that give this comic strip more grace, power, and narrative scope than most contemporary novels."
- The Stranger (Seattle)
"Sweet, funny, and refreshing."
-Trina Robbins, author, A Century of Women Cartoonists
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie, Art by Ellen Forney
Introduction by Dan Savage and Corianton Hall
• National Book Award winner
• New York Times Book of the Year
In this heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully-written novel for young adults, bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Coupled with poignant comics and illustrations by acclaimed cartoonist Ellen Forney, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.
"Forney’s flawless artwork is invaluable to Alexie’s story."
– Whitney Matheson, USA Today
"Alexie gave [Junior] his sharp voice, and Forney gave him his art: 65 comic illustrations that vary from one-page comic strips to notebook doodles taped to the page."
Jami Attenberg, Print Magazine