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05/24/2006 Archived Entry: "Comic review: Every Girl Is The End Of The World For Me"

Every Girl Is The End Of The World For Me
by Jeffrey Brown
Top Shelf Productions

Review by Tom Good

This comic is so openly autobiographical that in reviewing it, I feel like I am reviewing Jeffrey Brown's life. Here Brown portrays himself as a guy surrounded by women who are willing to hang out with him, but mainly as a way to pass the time while they wait for a more appealing man to come along. The main plot revolves around his attempts to get back together with an ex-girlfriend, with numerous detours into sub-plots about other women in his life. He always seems to have opportunities for happiness, but none of them pan out.

If he were a fictional character, he might possess some cleverly-constructed tragic flaw that would entertain readers and explain why fate treats him the way it does. But since this is a "mostly true story" told as a comic diary, it contains no easy answers. Maybe he should have paid more attention to a girl who might have indicated interest in him. Maybe it is just bad luck. He seems a bit bewildered by it all.

On the surface, a story like this does not sound like it would be very compelling, and it would be easy for it to turn into annoying whining and self-pity. But Brown takes this material and infuses it with innocence and curiosity through his primitive but expressive drawings. His talent is to be able to make a mundane slice-of-life like this feel like an adventure, full of convincing characters. I found the book hard to put down.

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