A cautionary tale of eroticism, innocence and corruption, and trickery told in 137 drawings. Mr. Abobaziz & The Nancy began life as a storyboard for a film, was transformed into a graphic novel, and is presented here, finally, in paperback form.

Edward R. Beardsley was a California artist known for his sardonic, sometimes caustic imagery critiquing the human condition.

Beardsley enjoyed a long and varied career including teaching stints at several prominent universities, serving as a staff writer for a paper in Oregon, and designing theatrical posters, scenery, and promotions for stage productions. Beardsley held an MFA in painting and printmaking from the Claremont Graduate University. After serving three years in the U.S. Army in Europe he spent a year studying painting and drawing at Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles.

He served as Dean of the Division of Fine Arts at the University of California, Riverside where he was the founder and first director of the internationally renowned UCR/California Museum of Photography. In 1994 he was invited to join the working group for the digital image at George Eastman House in Rochester, New York, for which he produced two important white papers on the evolving social consequences of digital technologies.

He is the author of three books: Ecce Homo: the paintings of Edward Beardsley, Monsieur Souris, and Doings in the Department of Azusa. His short fiction has appeared in online and print publications. His paintings have been featured on albums by Alice Cooper, Kaleidoscope, and Chris Darrow. His work has been exhibited across the country in various institutions and galleries.

Beardsley passed away in 2017 after a long battle with cancer. He is missed.