Davis, Eleanor You & a Bike & a Road

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You & a Bike & a Road

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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. In 2009, Davis won the Eisner's Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award and was named one of Print magazine's New Visual Artists. In 2015, her book How To Be Happy won the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Anthology or Collection.


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You & a Bike & a Road works incredibly well both as a travelogue revealing something of the state of the country Davis moves through and a personal reflection on quests, travelling and goals in general.” ― Woodrow Phoenix, The Slings & Arrows Graphic Novel Guide

“This is the perfect graphic memoir to give to budding artists. And those who like riding bicycles.” ― Louise Capizzo, The Nonfiction Detectives

“Davis’ diary is also about the physical side of emotional healing and the factor of endurance―really challenging yourself to do things that border on impossible―in that healing.” ― John Seven, The Comics Beat

"Davis’s comics have an immediacy that pulls the reader in. That even these on-the-go comics demonstrate her mastery of line and shape is testament to how superb a cartoonist she is." ― Zainab Akhtar, The Guardian

“Cartoonist Eleanor Davis’s excellent illustrated diary of her journey from Tucson, Ariz. to Athens, Ga. captures the long silences, strange run-ins and constant battles against oneself that marathon cyclists endure.” ― Michael Melgaard, National Post

“Not quite a year ago, cartoonist Eleanor Davis set out on a giant road-trip via bicycle from her childhood home in Arizona to her current home in Athens, Georgia. As cartoonists do, she documented her journey along the way, posting pages to Instagram that chronicled her individual, up-close experience of flyover country." ― Hillary Brown, Paste

You & a Bike & a Road is a lovely, slow book about going a journey―not an epic, world-dominating circumnavigation, but something quieter and more intimate.“ ― Jon Day, The New York Review of Books

“Davis gives us an insight into a wonderful experience of traveling part of the United States in a way that few of us are ever going to.” ― Scott Cederlund, Panel Patter

“At the end of the day it’s just a great story, and I wouldn’t be surprised if this inspired more than a few people to try something like this for themselves.” ― Kevin Bramer, Optical Sloth

“As often as Davis punctuates her view with picturesque bunches of shrub mesquite and hardy flora, she’s also sure to record the constant incursions from the border patrol, subjecting the landscape to invasive surveillance, rather than tourist soul-searching.” ― Sean Rogers, The Globe and Mail

You & a Bike & a Road is a remarkable achievement for both the cartoonist and the amateur cyclist behind it.” ― Ally Russell, Broken Frontier

You & A Bike & A Road is Eleanor Davis’ personal exploration of roadside America, US immigration politics, and the autobiographical comics form.” ― Chris Gavaler, PopMatters

“I’m kind of in awe of Eleanor Davis’s drawings. Her color work creates whole new worlds, but her black-and-white art is really eye-popping.” ― Nicole Rudick, The Paris Review

“The tale is straightforward, but it is also a compelling exploration of the ways we run (or ride) from our problems, only to find them magically appearing on the road before us.” ― Abraham Riesman, Vulture

“Davis’ reflective voice raises thoughtful questions about what our border looks like.” ― Mallory Yu, NPR

“[W]hat makes You & A Bike & A Road work as well as it does: it’s subtle, it doesn’t try to oversell itself. It treats you, the reader, with respect, treats you, the reader, like a friend Davis is sharing her trip with.” ― Feargal McKay, Podium Café

“[You & A Bike & A Road is] done in beautiful and simple graphite illustration, and captures day-to-day moments touching on border patrol & racism, mental & physical health, and the kindness of strangers.” ― Colleen Kolba, Entropy

“It is, from its thrilling high points to its devastating observations of border-town racism, an exhilarating chronicle of achievement, solitude, and sacrifice.” ― Juliet Kahn, The Verge

“Sometimes, it’s the small things that count, and Davis’ travelogue of a cycle trip between states ― from her parents house back home, off-road and by bicycle ― is a celebration of that impulse, focusing on the tiny triumphs (The kindness of strangers, the surprise of riding further than expected on a given day) and the frailties of us all in such a way as to turn a specific experience into something universal, and charmingly heartwarming.” ― Graeme McMillan, The Hollywood Reporter

“This book sneaks up on you.” ― Chris Mautner, The Smart Set

“[Davis’] comics journal of the experience vacillates between density (in art, and in the variety of her emotions) and breathy openness.” ― Walter Biggins, The Comics Journal

“Pretty much every year for the past few years, one of Eleanor Davis’ comics has been one of the year’s best.” ― Brian Nicholson, The Comics Journal

“I don’t know what it is in that book. It hurls you into the road, batters you with moments and emotions and time, most of all, it batters you with a constant reminder of the passage of time, and then it slaughters you with love, and then it ends too soon. It’s such a lovely book.” ― Tucker Stone, The Comics Journal

“Rendered in exuberant pencil and pen drawings that feel like motion itself, Davis’s book reverberates with a real sense of wonder that builds as she gets closer to home.” ― Hayden Bennett, Art in America

“Ultimately, Eleanor Davis gives us a quiet reminder that women can execute big plans for themselves, push their physical limits, and come back home to their perfectly unconventional lives. This feels like a big deal in the midst of the exhausting, continuing political debates that afford us less agency than most children.” ― Jennie Law, Women Write About Comics
“It’s gritty, funny, and triumphant in surprising ways.” ― Heather Hansman, Outside

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Eleanor Davis is a cartoonist and illustrator. She lives in Athens, GA. She was born in Tucson, Arizona. In 2009, Davis won the Eisner's Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award and was named one of Print magazine's New Visual Artists. In 2013, her short story In Our Eden received a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators. In 2015, her book How To Be Happy won the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Anthology or Collection.

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