Misery Loves Comedy

Overview

Nihilism and self-loathing scale unprecedented comic heights in this autobiographical collection.
A psychiatric case study masquerading a fancy-pants graphic novel, Misery Loves Comedy collects Ivan Brunetti's early issues (no pun intended) wait, let's rephrase that. Misery Loves Comedy collects the first three issues of the legendary comic book series Schizo in their entirety, as well as a host of miscellaneous flotsam and jetsam from various anthologies, c. 1992-2005. Readers ...

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Overview

Nihilism and self-loathing scale unprecedented comic heights in this autobiographical collection.
A psychiatric case study masquerading a fancy-pants graphic novel, Misery Loves Comedy collects Ivan Brunetti's early issues (no pun intended) wait, let's rephrase that. Misery Loves Comedy collects the first three issues of the legendary comic book series Schizo in their entirety, as well as a host of miscellaneous flotsam and jetsam from various anthologies, c. 1992-2005. Readers will find the author's unwitting self-caricature as a paranoid, deluded young man intriguingly repugnant and often chuckle-inducing. Besides Brunetti's trademark nihilism, self-loathing, relentless depression, and inchoate, spittle-soaked misanthropy, these earlier comics offer a dollop of scatology and blasphemy for that extra puerile, lowbrow tang. These are comics for those who enjoy witnessing one man's sanity in its final death rattle, swinging its tail from anhedonia to schadenfreude and back again. Also: lots and lots of filthy jokes.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

An introduction written by the author's therapist describes the process of creating these comics as "excruciatingly painful" and "painfully frightening." This puts Brunetti's minimal output-three issues of his cult favorite comic Schizo in 12 years-into psychological perspective. Brunetti's work does its malevolent work with an eye to the author's psychological underpinnings. Brunetti constantly offers up the worst possible image of himself alongside his portraits of a despised society. His festival of self-loathing, sexual depravity and brutal cynicism, is, however, amazingly clever and incisive. Whether from the point of view of a miserable comics artist and workaday hack, a nihilistic Jesus Christ or a raging "feminazi," these rants are fascinatingly convincing, readable and smart. Not all readers will be able to tolerate the scatologically violent sensibility that is so brilliantly manifested in these pages, but for those with a taste for the most jaded views of our society and its inhabitants, Brunetti has long been a hero. Sharply self-aware, Brunetti informs his readers, "I have a gift.... I can articulate what most people won't even face...." and it is this concise and energetic articulation that makes his work so great. (June)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560977926
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
  • Publication date: 6/25/2007
  • Pages: 172
  • Sales rank: 1,048,379
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Ivan Brunetti was born in Italy in 1967 and lives in Chicago, IL, where he teaches at Columbia College Chicago.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2007

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    Miserly loves comedy is beautifully printed and bound, and nicely drawn. The various shorts through the book have some funny dark humor to them, but the rest of the book was extremely pessimistic, whiny and hippocratical. There are only a few graphic novels that I couldn't at least force my way through, but this is one of them.

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