Vanessa Davis

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Vanessa Davis
Vanessa Davis

(1978-10-14) October 14, 1978 (age 40)
OccupationCartoonist, author, humorist
Known forSpaniel Rage (2005)
Make Me a Woman (2010)

Vanessa Davis is an American illustrator, humorist, and cartoonist of alternative comic books.

She is best known for the autobiographical graphic novel Make Me A Woman and minicomic Spaniel Rage, published by Drawn and Quarterly.[1] Her comics have appeared in several anthologies, including Kramers Ergot, Best American Comics, Stuck in the Middle, Papercutter, and An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons and True Stories. She earned a fine arts degree from the University of Florida.[2]

Davis' comics and illustrations are usually rendered in highly chromatic watercolors or in pencil. The stories they tell are taken from her diary and are candidly personal, witty and self-deprecating; centering on her youth, mother, relationships with men, and Jewish identity.[3] Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Dissent, Vice, and The Jewish Daily Forward,[4] and she is a regular contributor to Tablet Magazine.[5] In 2009, she was awarded the Maisie Kukoc Award for Comics Inspiration,[1] and in 2017 the Terry Southern Prize for Humor for her 8-part series, Summer Hours, published in the Paris Review.[6]


  • Spaniel Rage (reissued, Drawn & Quarterly, 2017)
  • Summer Hours (self-published, 2016)
  • Make Me a Woman (Drawn & Quarterly, 2010)
  • Kitchen Conniption (self-published, 2010)
  • Spaniel Rage (Buenaventura Press, 2005)


  1. ^ a b Lightman, Sarah (2014). Graphic Details: Jewish Women's Confessional Comics in Essays and Interviews. Jefferson, NC: McFarland. p. 214. ISBN 9780786465538.
  2. ^ Davies, Rachel (February 2, 2017). "Own Who You Are: An Interview With Vanessa Davis". Rookie.
  3. ^ "VANESSA DAVIS discusses and signs her graphic novel "MAKE ME A WOMAN"". Skylight Books. 2010-10-13. Retrieved 2016-07-30.
  4. ^ Posted Aug 8th, 2011 at 12:00am (2011-08-08). "Recipe Comix: Cool & Crispy Noodle Melange by Vanessa Davis". SAVEUR. Retrieved 2016-07-30.
  5. ^ "Vanessa Davis - Tablet Magazine – Jewish News and Politics, Jewish Arts and Culture, Jewish Life and Religion". Retrieved 2016-07-30.
  6. ^ "Alexia Arthurs Wins 2017 Plimpton Prize; Vanessa Davis Wins Terry Southern Prize". March 6, 2017. Retrieved 2017-03-11.

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