Monday, November 2, 2009

LITERATURE: the blow off and the graphic novel

What's with graphic novels and their tortured and artsy male leads? Shortcomings by Adrian Tomine and Clumsy by Jeffrey Brown may as well come with their very own emo soundtrack, but both books perfectly capture that empty hopeless feeling you get after you've been dumped.

Shortcomings tells the tale of Ben Tanaka as he navigates life, heartache, and sheer cynisim post break up with his gf Miko who ditches the bay area for brooklyn. Clumsy gives us a glimpse into the highs and lows of a long distance relationship between Jeff and Theresa. Jeff, the more devoted of the pair, learns the hard way that passion has a much shorter shelf life than bitterness. (Note: This book was actually given to me by an ex-boyfriend). Check out Every Girl is the End of the World For Me, also by Jeffrey Brown.

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