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Handmade Portraits: Leslie Stein


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Leslie Stein, aka larrybear, spends most of her time drawing comics, listening to old time radio shows and playing records. Leslie started her first comic series, called simply Leslie, back in high school. It revolved around her wacky adventures with her magical bunny and bird that helped her out in gym class and other misadventures.


After discovering underground comic book artists like Dan Clowes and Peter Bagge when she was an angsty teenager, Leslie decided comic books would be the perfect medium for her to tell her stories. Both of her comics — Eye of the Majestic Creature and her more experimental construction paper comics — are hand drawn and printed at a small printing press. Unlike mainstream super hero comics, her stories are autobiographical and don’t have a typical plot. As Leslie says, “If you’re looking for thrills and drama, this might not be for you, but if you’re interested in seeing the world the way I see it, pick one up.”

Leslie decided long ago that rather than work professionally as an illustrator, that she would hold a regular job and save her creative energy for her own work. She dedicates all of her free time to her creative pursuits and she finds inspiration everywhere. From walking down the street in Brooklyn to looking at an empty field, humanity and curiosity light the way to new adventures and new tales to tell.

Leslie won a Xeric Grant to print her work “Yeah, It Is!” and was nominated for Best New Talent in 2004 by the Harvey Awards. Keep you eye on this one!

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