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The follow-up to Jeffrey Brown's self-published debut hit, Clumsy.
The bittersweet story of how Jeffrey Brown lost his virginity.
A full-length graphic novel drawn in a simple and elegantly awkward style that heightens the emotional impact of the work.
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Overview

The follow-up to Jeffrey Brown's self-published debut hit, Clumsy.
The bittersweet story of how Jeffrey Brown lost his virginity.
A full-length graphic novel drawn in a simple and elegantly awkward style that heightens the emotional impact of the work.
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Brown's second autobiographical graphic novel mines similar territory to his debut, Clumsy. It tells of Brown losing his virginity at age 24 and the relationship that precedes and follows the event. Brown meets Allisyn at a party and they begin a slow courtship, culminating in a confused and uncomfortable sexual relationship, which then begins to eat away at their relationship in general. As with Clumsy, Brown makes an otherwise straightforward tale compelling. Unlikely is composed of vignettes, each isolating a moment in their relationship-a conversation, a party, hanging out-that deliver essential bits of thematic and emotional information. This allows readers to see the relationship as Brown experienced it, without the false strictures of quotidian continuity. We see the pair only in the context of their togetherness; there are no subplots or narrative detours. Brown's dialogue is perfect, lending the proceedings an unerring sense of authenticity. His drawing, ragged at first glance, is minimal, nuanced cartooning, using a minimum of lines for maximum effect. And remarkably, the work avoids the usual pitfalls of autobiographical comics: Brown never asks readers for pity, nor does he offer up a confession. There are no lyrical interludes, and the unsparing documentation ensures that voyeurism never enters into the mix. Through careful editing and scene selection, he lets the story unfold as though, in a sense, it didn't happen to him. Readers are left with only the exterior facts, and must make up their own minds about the characters based solely on what Brown shows. (July) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781891830419
  • Publisher: Top Shelf Productions
  • Publication date: 7/23/2003
  • Edition description: Not Appropriate For Children
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 826,838
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2006

    Beautiful, Sweet & Tragic

    A staggeringly beautiful story that I will remember for the rest of my life. It's sad but leaves the reader with a sense of hope and contentment, somehow. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

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