Unlovable Vol. 1 (Unloveable) (Hardcover)

Unlovable Vol. 1 (Unloveable) By Esther Pearl Watson Cover Image

Unlovable Vol. 1 (Unloveable) (Hardcover)

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From the pages of Bust magazine, the sometimes ordinary, sometimes humiliating, often poignant and frequently hilarious exploits of '80s teen underdog Tammy Pierce: big hair, boogers, boys and other high school pitfalls.


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).

In the epic saga that is Unlovable, Tammy finds herself dealing with: tampons, teasing, crushes, The Smiths, tube socks, facial hair, lice, celibacy, fantasy dream proms, gym showers, skid marks, a secret admirer, prank calls, backstabbers, winter ball, barfing, narcs, breakdancing, hot wheels, glamour shots, roller coasters, Halloween costumes, boogers, boys, boy crazy feelings, biker babes, and even some butt cracks. Tammy’s life isn’t pretty, but it is endlessly charming and hilarious.


Originally serialized in Bust magazine, Unlovable includes over 100 new pages created just for this edition, which is handsomely packaged in a unique hot pink hardcover format with sparkly blue glitter that would make Tammy proud.



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?
Product Details ISBN: 9781560979555
ISBN-10: 1560979550
Publisher: Fantagraphics
Publication Date: February 23rd, 2009
Pages: 416
Language: English
Series: Unloveable
Unlovable is a fine example of how art and narrative can be combined to make a potentially trivial book compelling and insight-provoking.

— Francisca Goldsmith - Booklist

Unlovable by Esther Pearl Watson...was for me like discovering a nugget of gold in a sieve!...really original and fun.

— Lezinfo

All big hair, chunky mascara, and leg warmers paired with heels…what’s inside might remind you of a certain teenager you once knew.
— Mallory Rice - Nylon

Both hilarious and a little heartbreaking.
— Whitney Matheson - Pop Candy

Watson’s graphic style and messily scrawled confessions read like a genuine diary, filled with humor and despair.
— Erika Hobart - Seattle Weekly

An irrepressible loser stars in this year’s funniest—and sparkliest!—indie book…there’s no bottom to Tammy’s well of hilariously embarrassing anti-adventures.
— Rachel Molino - Wizard

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

Esther Pearl Watson’s Unlovable is a rude, crude and frequently hilarious portrait of suburban teenage life in the 1980s. The book’s narrator, Tammy Pierce, is probably the most hapless 15-year-old girl imaginable. ... Watson makes Tammy comedy gold.

— Robert Martin - The Comics Journal

[A]ll of the fun and chaos of being a sophomore is lovingly portrayed by the heroine, Tammy Pierce. …[T]he angst of dances, boys, makeup and big hair are portrayed with painful accuracy.
— Julia Eussen - AnnArbor.com