The final chapter of Jeffrey Brown's so-called "Girlfriend Trilogy." AEIOU continues to explore the subtleties of relationships examined in Clumsy and Unlikely, concentrating this time on the differences between knowing and loving someone, invoking the reader's relationship with the book as a parallel to being involved with someone. The story is ...
The final chapter of Jeffrey Brown's so-called "Girlfriend Trilogy." AEIOU continues to explore the subtleties of relationships examined in Clumsy and Unlikely, concentrating this time on the differences between knowing and loving someone, invoking the reader's relationship with the book as a parallel to being involved with someone. The story is told with Brown's trademark expressive drawings and juxtaposition of humor and heartache.
True first edition, pre-dating the Top Shelf edition. 24mo. Tape bound spine with stiff paper wrappers. Fine with one barely noticeable spot on the front wrap, possibly an ink smudge from Brown. A limited edition of 390 copies (one for each comic panel) with a hand drawn cover by Brown replicating one of the interior panels and tipped in is a small clipping from his notes. Also hand drawn is the text on the rear wrap and a star on the pages ends. The final book of The Girlfriend Trilogy by this Ignatz Award-winning independent comic artist who has been featured on National Public Radio's This American Life. Scarce. OCLC locates no copies of the limited edition.
Publishers Weekly, 2005-06-06 Apparently, one of the side effects of dating Brown is that he draws a comics memoir about you afterwards. This work, originally published in a limited edition, is Brown's follow-up to his previous dating books Clumsy and Unlikely, and documents the author's relationship with his third girlfriend (a co-worker at a video store) in detail, dredging up some emotionally loaded details. Like those other works, it's drawn in a deceptively low-key, dashed-off-looking way, with one or two little square panels on each page; and it again focuses on the banalities of predate small talk, mid-relationship kidding around and angsty postcoital chatter. Brown and Sophia hang out, have sex, break up, talk on the phone about their relationship, get back together, break up again, make out, argue, etc. There's no plot and no resolution, just a series of snapshots of the moments of intimacy that stick in a lover's memory. Brown draws beautifully-offhand-looking doodles have a magisterial sureness. There are a couple of fine set pieces, too, especially a section called "The Long Pause Before a First Kiss." Ultimately, though, Brown adds little to his previous observations on relationships. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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