You & a Bike & a Road by Eleanor Davis

You & a Bike & a Road

In 2016, acclaimed cartoonist and illustrator Eleanor Davis documented her cross-country bike tour as it happened. The immediacy of Davis’ comics journal makes for an incredible chronicle of human experience on the most efficient and humane form of human transportation.Eleanor Davis is a cartoonist and illustrator. She lives in Athens, GA and was born in Tucson, Arizona. I...

Title:You & a Bike & a Road
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ISBN:1927668409
Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:172 pages

You & a Bike & a Road Reviews

  • Janet

    “Meet some strangers. Get to know them and they get to know you. Now they are your people.” You have seen Eleanor Davis’s work out in the world, though you may not have realized it was hers. You & A Bike & A Road is a facsimile of Eleanor’s diary and sketches she made during a 2016 bike trip from Tucson, Arizona back home to Athens, Georgia. With her trademark mixture of wry humor and sobering reminders of issues such as depression, failing health, and deportation, Davis takes us on an e

    “Meet some strangers. Get to know them and they get to know you. Now they are your people.” You have seen Eleanor Davis’s work out in the world, though you may not have realized it was hers. You & A Bike & A Road is a facsimile of Eleanor’s diary and sketches she made during a 2016 bike trip from Tucson, Arizona back home to Athens, Georgia. With her trademark mixture of wry humor and sobering reminders of issues such as depression, failing health, and deportation, Davis takes us on an emotional, pencil-drawn journey. I loved this book.

  • Rainey

    Oof. Like a hit to the gut. This book is pure poetry. ❤❤❤

    Oof. Like a hit to the gut. This book is pure poetry. ❤️❤️❤️

  • Alan

    These are often very simple stylized drawings that originate from the author's cross-country bike trek from her parents' home in Tucson, Arizona to her own home in Athens, Georgia in 2016. Eleanor Davis documents her daily travels along the planned 2,000 mile or so journey through border states such as New Mexico and Texas and the people and events she encounters along the way.

    The impact and the stories behind the pictures are not simple at all though and often have dark underpinnings such as th

    These are often very simple stylized drawings that originate from the author's cross-country bike trek from her parents' home in Tucson, Arizona to her own home in Athens, Georgia in 2016. Eleanor Davis documents her daily travels along the planned 2,000 mile or so journey through border states such as New Mexico and Texas and the people and events she encounters along the way.

    The impact and the stories behind the pictures are not simple at all though and often have dark underpinnings such as the "I saw a man get arrested in Fort Hancock yesterday" sequence which can be seen excerpted at

    .

    There is joy and exhilaration alongside the occasional pain and darkness. You are left understanding why the cover image, which could have been an all bright and sunny bike ride panorama, is left somewhat obscured by the black stylized trees.

  • niv

    I savored this reading experience. I am not at all an athletic person, nor do I bike, but there's something universal in the way Davis pits her body against the world, against the wide open spaces that provide beauty, against the inhospitable city-scapes, against the road & her own brain & body.

    It's a travelogue, rendered without panels, mostly. It's also about the complicated & uncomplicated kindness of strangers, the specificity of being vulnerable as a woman in the world, the safe

    I savored this reading experience. I am not at all an athletic person, nor do I bike, but there's something universal in the way Davis pits her body against the world, against the wide open spaces that provide beauty, against the inhospitable city-scapes, against the road & her own brain & body.

    It's a travelogue, rendered without panels, mostly. It's also about the complicated & uncomplicated kindness of strangers, the specificity of being vulnerable as a woman in the world, the safety of passing through the south while being white, what it might take to not be sad--there's so much in this book, as slim as it is.

    I loved it.

    There's a sequence towards the middle that highlights the ongoing horror of those trying to cross the border between the U.S. & Mexico. I've read that particular part at least three times and it makes me weep each and every time. I still can't get it out of my head.

  • Rory

    Not usually a fan of travelogues, but love me some Eleanor Davis. She does something to my spirit, something good. This wasn't as rich or polished or optimistic as other stuff of hers, but it was very personal and sensitive. Lovely.

  • Karan Aquino

    fun

  • Alec Longstreth

    When Eleanor was posting this comics on twitter during the trip, I felt an ache in my bones at the thought that it would "only" be a twitter comic and that I might not be able to hold it in my hands someday. Luckily Annie Koyama and her team swooped in and made this beautiful book! It is one of the most powerful comics I've ever read, I can't recommend it highly enough. Five stars? TEN stars!!!

    I give a lecture to my comics students called "Your Comics Will Love You Back" and at the end of it I g

    When Eleanor was posting this comics on twitter during the trip, I felt an ache in my bones at the thought that it would "only" be a twitter comic and that I might not be able to hold it in my hands someday. Luckily Annie Koyama and her team swooped in and made this beautiful book! It is one of the most powerful comics I've ever read, I can't recommend it highly enough. Five stars? TEN stars!!!

    I give a lecture to my comics students called "Your Comics Will Love You Back" and at the end of it I give the advice that students should do their best to become interesting people. No one needs to read another comic about someone just sitting around in their apartment. I will now point to this book as an example of what I'm talking about. Eleanor set out on a great adventure, and hastily documented it en route - smudgey pencil marks and drawing mistakes intact - and it's 1000x more engaging than most of the comics I read, because she went out there and pushed herself, trying something new, doing things most of us would only ever dream about.

    We are so lucky that Eleanor has chosen comics as one of the main mediums of her expression. I can't wait to read whatever she is working on next.

  • Adrien Fisher

    A wonderful diary of one cartoonist bike ride. A quick read, but worth it as she shares the beauty of the dessert, strangers, and overcoming your body and mind.

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