October 14, 1978
West Palm Beach, Florida, United States
|Occupation||Cartoonist, author, humorist|
|Known for||Spaniel Rage (2005)
Make Me a Woman (2010)
She is best known for the autobiographical graphic novel Make Me A Woman and minicomic Spaniel Rage, published by Drawn and Quarterly. 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.
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. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Dissent, Vice, and The Jewish Daily Forward, and she is a regular contributor to Tablet Magazine. In 2009, she was awarded the Maisie Kukoc Award for Comics Inspiration, and in 2017 the Terry Southern Prize for Humor for her 8-part series, Summer Hours, published in the Paris Review.
- 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)
- Lightman, Sarah (2014). Graphic Details: Jewish Women's Confessional Comics in Essays and Interviews. Jefferson, NC: McFarland. p. 214. ISBN 9780786465538.
- Davies, Rachel (February 2, 2017). "Own Who You Are: An Interview With Vanessa Davis". Rookie.
- "VANESSA DAVIS discusses and signs her graphic novel "MAKE ME A WOMAN"". Skylight Books. 2010-10-13. Retrieved 2016-07-30.
- Posted Aug 8th, 2011 at 12:00am (2011-08-08). "Recipe Comix: Cool & Crispy Noodle Melange by Vanessa Davis". SAVEUR. Retrieved 2016-07-30.
- "Vanessa Davis - Tablet Magazine – Jewish News and Politics, Jewish Arts and Culture, Jewish Life and Religion". Tabletmag.com. Retrieved 2016-07-30.
- "Alexia Arthurs Wins 2017 Plimpton Prize; Vanessa Davis Wins Terry Southern Prize". www.theparisreview.org. March 6, 2017. Retrieved 2017-03-11.
- Official Vanessa Davis website
- Vanessa Davis on Tablet Magazine
- Vanessa Davis on Etsy
- "Summer Hours" comics series by Vanessa Davis
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