ESTHER PEARL WATSON discusses and signs her graphic novel "UNLOVABLE"

Esther Watson

Unlovable Vol. 2 (Fantagraphics)

Esther Watson, co-author of Whatcha Mean, What's a Zine? and author of Unlovable will discuss and sign the second volume in her hilarious and heartbreaking series that's loosely based on the 1980s-era diary of a high school girl that she found in a gas station bathroom.

"Watson's graphic style and messily scrawled confessions read like a genuine diary, filled with humor and despair. Unlovable makes me grateful to be past that painful stage." --The Seattle Weekly

Esther Pearl Watson lives in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and fellow artist, Mark Todd. Together they authored the influential D.I.Y. tome, Whatcha Mean, What's A Zine? Learn more at

Event date: 
Friday, July 9, 2010 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Event address: 
Skylight Books
1818 N. Vermont Avenue
90027 Los Angeles
Unlovable Vol. 2 Cover Image
ISBN: 9781606993149
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Fantagraphics Books - March 1st, 2010

Loosely based on a teenager's diary from the 1980s found in a
gas-station bathroom, Unlovable is the remarkable story of Tammy Pierce,
as filtered through the pen of Los Angeles artist Esther Pearl Watson.
This second and concluding volume picks up where the first volume left
off (winter break) and finishes Tammy's tragicomic sophomore year of
high school in 1985. Tammy has built a devoted following over the last
several years in the pages of BUST magazine, where Unlovable continues
to be serialized on the magazine's back page, and this beautifully
produced, day-glo orange and sparkly pink hardcover presents over 400
pages of her sometimes ordinary, sometimes humiliating, often poignant
and always hilarious exploits.

Unlovable Vol. 1 Cover Image
ISBN: 9781560979555
Availability: Backordered
Published: Fantagraphics Books - February 23rd, 2009

A soon-to-be teen classic: loosely based on a teenager's diary from the 1980s found in a gas-station bathroom, Unlovable details the sometimes ordinary, sometimes humiliating, often poignant and frequently hilarious exploits of underdog Tammy Pierce. This remarkably touching and funny graphic novel tells the first-person account of Tammy's sophomore year in 1985, from the first day of school to winter break. Her hopes, dreams, agonies and defeats are brought to vivid, comedic life by Watson's lovingly grotesque drawings, filled with all the eighties essentials-too much mascara, leg warmers with heels and huge hair-as well as timeless teen concerns like acne, dandruff, and the opposite sex (or same sex, in some cases).

Whatcha Mean, What's a Zine?: The Art of Making Zines and Mini Comics Cover Image
By Esther Watson, Mark Todd (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780618563159
Availability: Not in stock. Available To Order.
Published: Houghton Mifflin - June 1st, 2006

A zine is a handmade magazine or mini-comic about anything you can imagine: favorite bands, personal stories, subcultures, or collections. They contain diary entries, rants, interviews, and stories. They can be by one person or many, found in stores, traded at comic conventions, exchanged with friends, or given away for free. Zines are not a new idea: they've been around for years under various names (chapbooks, flyers, pamphlets). People with independent ideas have been getting their word out since before there were printing presses.
This book is for anyone who wants to create their own zine. It's for learning tips and tricks from contributors who have been at the fore front of the zine movement. It's for getting inspired to put thoughts and ideas down on paper. It's for learning how to design and print your own zine so you can put it in others' hands. Whatcha Mean, What's a Zine? is for anyone who has something to say.