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Handmade Portraits: Leslie Stein

Nov 14, 2008

by Tara Young

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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.

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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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35 comments

  • PearsonMaron

    PearsonMaron said 7 years ago

    Leslie is so talented. I love the comic book made out of construction paper. So good!

  • Leannegraeff

    Leannegraeff said 7 years ago

    Really great interview! Thank you !

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 7 years ago

    really interesting!

  • dogties

    dogties said 7 years ago

    Amazing!! Great Etsy Items too.

  • RADCOW

    RADCOW said 7 years ago

    I love you.

  • JustFeltHungry

    JustFeltHungry said 7 years ago

    It's so great to see comics on Etsy!!!! I love the little inanimate / animated creatures...

  • kinsellaart

    kinsellaart said 7 years ago

    this is great-great answers from Leslie stien and great work! thanks etsy

  • Lundberg

    Lundberg said 7 years ago

    Ok this is awesome.

  • TashaHussey

    TashaHussey said 7 years ago

    Very interesting and creative.

  • crankbunny

    crankbunny said 7 years ago

    woo! i have a bunch of her comics - no idea she was on etsy! yay!

  • mermaidclaire

    mermaidclaire said 7 years ago

    SO inspiring!

  • katiearms

    katiearms said 7 years ago

    She's the tops!

  • Slowshirts

    Slowshirts said 7 years ago

    I hope someone gives her good neck massages.

  • jascamille

    jascamille said 7 years ago

    I *instantly* knew that was Bushwick as soon as I saw the picture of the building!!!! I just had to watch to make sure.

  • weirdwolf Admin

    weirdwolf said 7 years ago

    Leslie Stein's autobiographical underground comic books are funny, insightful, vulnerable and brave! Leslie says you have to be fearless to make the best art you can. A wise woman indeed.

  • aisle3studio

    aisle3studio said 7 years ago

    I love it!

  • dearbirthday

    dearbirthday said 7 years ago

    super awesome!

  • lucie39

    lucie39 said 7 years ago

    I adore Leslie's work!I read 'Yeah,It Is' and thought it was wonderful:)

  • LaCometaLab

    LaCometaLab said 7 years ago

    God, I have just discovered this etsy (handmade) stories and love them! I am subscribing to them. They remind me a little of the "Magnum in Motion" at Magnum Photos.com, where photographers talk themselves about their work. Oh, and in the future I will but one of Leslie's comics, I just checked her shop and she doesn't have any available at the moment.

  • gaily

    gaily said 7 years ago

    You're very talented, Leslie. Nice video, too. ;)

  • faeryrach

    faeryrach said 7 years ago

    What an inspiring artist, comics rule!!!!!!!!!!

  • topsyturvydesign

    topsyturvydesign said 7 years ago

    I love this portrait Tara! Leslie is such a talent & it was so wonderful to see her at work. I too was obsessed with Daniel Clowes/Eightball as a brooding teen & this portrait took me back.

  • mostlyhuman

    mostlyhuman said 7 years ago

    That was wonderful and inspiring.

  • moddyboy80

    moddyboy80 said 7 years ago

    Love it.Great to see comics and zine related stuff getting their day on Etsy. More please!

  • oliveandbee

    oliveandbee said 7 years ago

    Great article. Thank you ! God bless !

  • alustgarten

    alustgarten said 7 years ago

    Weirdwolf, you're camerawork looks awesome!! Especially like the comic book/bakery shots. And a great interview too.

  • larrybear

    larrybear said 7 years ago

    Thanks so much to Tara (weirdwolf) who made this video, she's so talented!

  • iheartuforeal

    iheartuforeal said 7 years ago

    nice to know there are other loners :) awesome stuff!

  • vivikas

    vivikas said 7 years ago

    I really love to check This Handmade Life, it gives me such a inspiration, and I believe that we sellers can all related with everyones history. Congrats Etsy for the good work!

  • CRSisters

    CRSisters said 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your talent with all of us!

  • meluseena

    meluseena said 7 years ago

    oooh such an amazing talent.. Can't believe you cut out all those comic book pages that's INSANE!! ♥

  • 711laurakay

    711laurakay said 6 years ago

    love it

  • UniqueCatVintage

    UniqueCatVintage said 6 years ago

    I loved the video...I'm amazed about the construction paper one...so intensive!

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