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LIANA FINCK discusses her new book of cartoons EXCUSE ME with CHARLIE HANKIN

Excuse Me: Cartoons, Complaints and Notes to Self (Random House)

If you’re one of the 310,000 people who follow author Liana Finck on Instagram, you’ve probably seen a few of the following comments before: “Freaking Perfect”; “this rings so true for me I can’t even describe it”; “I'm putting this one on my bathroom mirror”; “WHY IS THIS LITERALLY ME”; “Can I get this tattooed on my body 100 times?” No matter what topic she’s covering—love and intimacy, politics, art, social anxiety,  humanity—Liana’s work contains a precision and thoughtfulness that resonates deeply with those who encounter her work. This fall, Random House is thrilled to share a new book of over 500 of Liana’s most relatable and heartfelt drawings, EXCUSE ME: Cartoons, Complaints, and Notes to Self.

Liana’s thin-penned line drawings have an uncanny ability to communicate life’s absurdities, in a way that feels not only timely and sharp, but accessible and wondrously insightful. Her fans flock to her because they feel seen in her art—she never shies away from showing us life at its most hilarious, uncomfortable, and surreal. EXCUSE ME is divided into a series of distinctive chapters on: Love & Dating; Gender & Other Politics; Animals; Art & Myth-Making; Humanity; Time, Space, and How to Navigate Them; Strangeness, Shyness, Sadness; and Notes to Self. Each chapter is packed with Liana’s signature humor and wit, but also a deep sense of compassion and a profound curiosity in what it means to be a human in this world.

Recently called “a remarkable young talent” by Vulture, Liana is a regular contributor to the New Yorker, and her work has been featured in New York Times T Magazine, Slate, the New York Times Book Review, and Vogue Magazine. Her visually arresting graphic memoir Passing for Human was called “wonderfully intimate” (New York Times Book Review) and was said to “raise the bar for graphic narrative” (Kirkus, STARRED Review). EXCUSE ME brings the community Liana has built around her to the page and with it the knowledge that we are not alone in our idiosyncrasies and existential dread.

Praise for EXCUSE ME:

“Finck is at her best when grappling with personal turmoil...and her higher-stakes soul-searching bits are chilling. Finck’s brick of a gag collection will bring readers down with a grin”—Publishers Weekly

“Finck is incisive in her observations of modern life… [EXCUSE ME is] droll humor delivered in bite-size chunks”—Kirkus

“Adult readers from most walks of life will admire Finck’s poignant observations and find something to laugh (or laugh-cry) at, but the author’s fellow Millennials will find her treatment of modern woes especially relatable.”—Library Journal

Liana Finck is the author of Passing for Human and a regular contributor to The New Yorker. She is a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, and a Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artists. She has had artist residencies with MacDowell, Yaddo, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Center, Headlands Center for the Arts, and Willapa Bay AiR.

Author Photo by Jorge Colombo

Charlie Hankin is a writer/performer, cartoonist, and animator. As an illustrator, Charlie is published regularly in The New Yorker and the UK's Private Eye; you can see his equally clever rejected cartoons on his Instagram feed: @mecharliehankin. As an actor, he recurred on Jill Soloway’s Amazon series I LOVE DICK; other credits include THE LAST OG, THE UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT, and YOUNG SHELDON. Charlie is also half of the sketch duo and filmmaking team Good Cop Great Cop. Together, they have developed pilots with both TBS and Comedy Central, in addition to writing, producing, directing and starring in the Comedy Central digital series New Timers and their self-titled web series Good Cop Great Cop. The group was also honored as one of the inaugural New Faces: Creators at Just for Laughs.

Event date: 
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
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