If there’s anyone listening, hear this: don’t you ever, and I mean fucking ever, choose James Joyce’s Ulysses for a book report/class project/extra credit assignment. Skip that bastard, I warn you now.
This, folks, was my first graphic novel. Ever. And, honestly, I don’t think the experience could have been much better. The dialogue is snappy and clever, the plot is fun, and the characters are interesting. I was blown away.
Let me take you back in time for a moment.
When I was ten, I tried to like comic books. I even went to the length of buying one. I had my mom drive me to a gas station in order to peruse their collection. I ended up walking away with a copy of Rocket Man (?) or some such bullshit, all because it had the words “damn” and “hell” in the random pages I’d skipped through (building a legacy, I was). I must’ve read that dumbass comic thirty times before I finally gave up. I just couldn’t get it. Since then, I’ve maintained the firm stance that all comics suck.
Then yesterday, I had some down time. I was wandering through the library and checking out the teen section (as that’s my professional specialty these days). I stopped in front of the graphic novels and decided to take in the scenery. My eyes quickly found this one, as Kristin and I had enjoyed the movie quite a bit. It was quirky and fun and oh-so-Michael-Cera. So I picked it up, plopped down, and read it in a single sitting.
Here’s where I’m really surprised at myself. I expected to read the first couple of pages and walk away disappointed. Or disgusted. Or annoyed. I didn’t expect to compulsively turn the pages like I was reading Charles Bukowski or Nicole Krauss. I didn’t expect to have a really, really good time.
This is me giving graphic novels a chance. I checked out the second Scott Pilgrim volume to devour this weekend (instead of the Joyce(which fucking sucks(but I kind of already said that, didn’t I(though you do deserve adequate warning)))).
P.S. The author has the baddestass last name ever. You should read this book based on that alone.