I’m just breaking in my boots, but this still must count for something.
Generally I’m not a short story kind of gal, but I do make the exception for comics. I found a few of the stories to have superb writing and I loved the drawing throughout the book.
The characters were all well developed and true to life, especially considering that they only exist for a few pages each. A couple of the stories were a little lacking, but still worth the read.
The author loses his job, his girlfriend, his apartment, his grandma and then the twin towers in New York. He gets a bus pass and heads out for a loop around the country.
I liked the somewhat heavy artwork and the continuous story was compelling. The author turned into somewhat of an annoying jerk while drinking and I found myself enjoying the book a little less because of it. Everyone he met on the trip was pretty likeable, though, so I ended up with mostly positive feelings about this one.
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Right now the cat’s favorite thing to do is bring his ‘snake’ (pull strings from cardboard envelopes) to be thrown in the air so he can leap up and catch it, while twisting and turning as much as he can.
He grabs it, lands and then brings it right back for another go.
This memoir had an interesting structure, with some chapters written in comic form and authored by one sibling while the other chapters were straight up text and written by another sibling. The execution was lacking and I ended up just feeling disappointed. I didn’t care for the old-school comic art from the brother and the sister’s writing was too sentimental to be original or engaging.
Hopefully this book writing approach will be attempted by more talented authors because I still think a hybrid comic/traditional work has great potential.