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November 22, 2010

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  1. November 22, 2010 10:57 pm


  2. November 23, 2010 12:03 am

    Excellent. Great subversion of expectations at the end. And really, your use of color is just beautiful these days.

  3. November 23, 2010 12:12 am

    “I started to think of the people in my life, and the people not in my life, and the people all over the world, going about their lives, the star of their own show, not in relation or contrast to me, each a tapestry as complex and vibrant and flawed and intense as my own is to me.”

    I think you’ve practiced this philosophy, unconsciously or not, in your comics. I’m always impressed with how real the characters in your fiction seem, and how sympathetically you portray the ones in your autobiographical work.

    Also, the colors in this are whoa.

  4. harry permalink
    November 23, 2010 12:51 am

    really beautiful colouring, and lovely treatment of the topic. soseki also wrote a beautiful book on a young man learning from his sensei, sad ending, but great book, Kokoro.

    • gabriellebell permalink
      November 23, 2010 5:11 am

      I love Kokoro!

  5. Lasky permalink
    November 23, 2010 3:20 am

    Now I’m going to try to observe people more. I know I can get wrapped up in my own personal world so tightly, especially while checking email. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, GB!

  6. Charles permalink
    November 23, 2010 3:21 am

    This one of the most beautiful and thoughtful things I’ve read in a long, long time.

  7. Keith permalink
    November 23, 2010 3:59 am

    I loved this one, Gabrielle, probably because it resonates so much for me. I also appreciate the literary and philosophical references you make, being that I’m not as well-read. In other news, I just found and listened to an interview you did a few years back for the Inkstuds podcast, and did I tell you Joyce Brabner spoke favorably of your work when I met her a month or so ago?

    • Joyce Brabner permalink
      March 1, 2011 10:14 pm

      Yes, I did. Now, if I could only find the copies of your work that you gave Harvey in this shipwrecked house of mine. He never threw much away, so they have to be somewhere, unless our Danielle monkeyed off with them…

  8. gabriellebell permalink
    November 23, 2010 5:10 am

    Thank you all. I am now going to stop moderating my comments. As soon as I figure out how.

  9. November 23, 2010 12:07 pm

    Hi Gabrielle, good to know other people like to hide away with D.H. he’s the best.
    Nice job!

  10. November 25, 2010 4:59 pm

    A few days ago, in the subway, you looked out the window.
    Now, you climbed out the window.
    Will you turn into a window?
    “A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books.” Walt Whitman
    I like a lot the composition of the three last panels.
    The whole strip is very well-balanced.
    Impressive work.

    • gabriellebell permalink
      November 26, 2010 2:17 am

      Flowers are nice, but don’t they get boring after awhile?
      I like you st.

  11. November 27, 2010 12:52 am

    I love how when you change your perspective, you literally change the perspective of the the comic. Exquisite. Also I am in love with the sixth panel.

  12. November 30, 2010 12:40 pm


  13. Stef permalink
    December 12, 2010 1:51 pm

    Lovely – DHL is exquisite, as is your illustration. Thanks!

  14. Hurley permalink
    January 22, 2011 4:42 pm

    Hi, I come from Taiwan, the small land near China.
    I have know your comic picture from a magazine which is named”大誌”.
    The magazine is sold by some poeple who is homeless and lived on the street.

    I just want you know I like your comic and the things you discuss.
    And hope some day you can visite Taiwan : )

    • gabriellebell permalink
      January 22, 2011 7:22 pm

      I’m so happy to read this

  15. May 19, 2013 9:27 pm

    This is lovely.

    It reminds me of the quote by Iris Murdoch that you probably already know: “Love is the extremely difficult realisation that something other than oneself is real”


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