The further, hilarious adventures of 1980s teen Tammy Pierce, told in comics based on a diary found in a gas station bathroom.
Summer vacation is here and Tammy Pierce is back with more sometimes ordinary, often humiliating, occasionally poignant and usually hilarious exploits! Her hopes, dreams, agonies and defeats are brought to vivid, comedic life by Watson’s lovingly grotesque drawings, filled with all the '80s essentials — too much mascara, leg warmers with heels and huge hair, etc. — as well as timeless teen concerns like acne, dandruff, and the opposite sex (or same sex, in some cases). Unlovable addresses the mysteries of high school through Tammy’s naivete; girls and women in particular will find much that resonates, but men will also relate to Unlovable’s universal humor and loser cast of characters. Tammy’s life isn’t pretty, but it is endlessly endearing and funny.
About the Author
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?
Esther Pearl Watson is a remarkable artist, cartoonist, illustrator, and visual storyteller. Her ongoing popular Unlovable comic strip… is memorable, artful, and highly original… never fails to delight and surprise.
— Robert Newman - AI-AP
In the mode of Lynda Barry and Aline Kominsky, Esther Pearl Watson has gifted us with an adolescent heroine whose nightmare life is touching and alienating, sad and hilarious, naive and knowing. Think of the hypothetical 1980s high school days of the Onion’s Jean Teasdale, and you might start to have a notion of what the life of Tammy Pierce is all about. ... Her lugubrious, hopeful incompetence is both excruciating to witness and impossible not to laugh at.
— Paul DiFilippo - Barnes & Noble Review
Tammy shows us how much she seems to be unlovable, but after a romp
through the story inside, just as when meeting real people, we see there
is so much to pity, admire, love, and root for. The scratchy artwork
perfectly displays the awkward teen years; nothing goes right.
Everything and everyone is on edge. Through the narrative, you can
quickly switch between cheering on, yelling at, and dissing the ever
optimistic Tammy. — Angela Boyle - Schulz Library Blog