Confessions of a Cereal Eater

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Run for your lives! Hide your daughters and lock up the liquor cabinet! Populist raconteur Rob Maisch is back with another rowdy collection of short stories. Moving from childhood and early years into college in the seventies at Michigan State where the grief he caused is still 'fondly' remembered, to his illustrious career as a... mall manager (the grief there cost him his job) during the -choke- disco era, Maisch recounts all with verve and a sly grin. Art by a bevy of rising talent including Brett (Couscous ...
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Overview

Run for your lives! Hide your daughters and lock up the liquor cabinet! Populist raconteur Rob Maisch is back with another rowdy collection of short stories. Moving from childhood and early years into college in the seventies at Michigan State where the grief he caused is still 'fondly' remembered, to his illustrious career as a... mall manager (the grief there cost him his job) during the -choke- disco era, Maisch recounts all with verve and a sly grin. Art by a bevy of rising talent including Brett (Couscous Express) Weldele and Xeric award-winner Robyn Chapman.
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Maisch's second volume of autobiographical stories is puerile and dull. The author clearly prides himself on the pranks he has pulled over the course of his life, but they neither amuse nor ring true. The stories are reasonably funny and well-observed when they concern Maisch's misspent youth, but obnoxious when they portray the protagonist in later years, since he doesn't seem to have progressed in wit or inventiveness. For example, "A Quiet Evening at Home" recollects how recent divorc Maisch spent a night in with his girlfriend, dumped a bucket of snow on her in the shower and made her do a striptease on his cabin's porch for the benefit of his neighbors. It's no surprise the next story begins immediately after she's left him. The perpetual frat-boy tone might have worked if Maisch had some distance or insight on these events, perhaps by presenting a narrative in which he learns from his experiences. Unfortunately, each story is simply another increasingly unfunny episode in his life. The volume's saving grace is the art, much of it by new talents from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Paul Hudson's polish and cheeky sense of fun almost salvages "A Quiet Evening at Home." Nick Rummel's angular style and heavy lines fit in perfectly with a story about a group of college guys looking for (and, of course, finding) trouble in the local nightlife. And Robyn Chapman's soft pencils and almost pointillist backgrounds give an air of sensitivity to a clumsily written tale of young romance. (Aug.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Gordon Flagg
The latest toiler in the autobiographical comics field comes to the genre as a raconteur rather than an artist. For years, Maisch has regaled friends with exceptionally well observed tales of his not particularly atypical life. Some of those friends are prominent comics artists, and they offered to illustrate the stories, resulting in this book. Maisch's earlier recollections range from the bittersweet remembrance of his first junior-high dance to the far less romantic retelling of how a friend lost his virginity to a prostitute (both stories are beautifully illustrated in a Frazetta-like style by Scott Hampton). Elsewhere, Maisch combines sentiment with adult realism in telling how he brought a washed-up cowboy star who'd been his childhood hero to the shopping mall where he toils as a publicist. Maisch lacks the philosophical insight of Harvey Pekar or the naked self-criticism of R. Crumb, but his gentler, nostalgia-steeped approach, reminiscent of monologuist-writer Jean Shepherd, ought to appeal to those looking for more warmth than bite in memoir-comics.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561631421
  • Publisher: N B M Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Two in a Canoe 5
Daniel's Den 11
Movin' In 23
Rat Tales 33
The Bells 41
Yule Be Sorry 47
Junkers 52
The Ramon Campaign 62
Scott's Jock 73
A Quiet Evening at Home 76
The Fog Lifts 85
Late One Night 96
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