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