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Gingerbread Girl

3.13  ·  Rating Details  ·  363 Ratings  ·  84 Reviews
There are plenty of established facts concerning 26-year-old Annah Billips. She likes sushi and mountains, but hates paper cuts and beer breath. She dates girls and boys, and loves to travel. She may have a missing sister, or she might be insane. Did Annah invent an imaginary sister named Ginger during her parents' ferocious divorce, or did her mad scientist father extract ...more
Deluxe Flexicover, 112 pages
Published July 5th 2011 by Top Shelf Productions (first published June 7th 2011)
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Feb 20, 2015 Patrick rated it it was amazing
A truly unique sort of comic. I've never read anything like it before.

Fair warning: it's not a conventional story. But I found it a delightful departure from standard storytelling.

Highly recommended: But only for a certain audience.

Odds are you won't like it if:

You're only into superhero comics
You only read D&D novels or thrillers or horror....
(Which indicates you're mostly into action-centered stories)
If you only read the works of a few authors over and over
(Which indicates you're not t
Jan 11, 2012 Melki rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Great artwork!
This book perfectly captures the frustration of liking someone, but knowing you'll never be able to get any closer to that person.
I liked the storyline being passed like a hot potato among different narrators. Who knew pigeons had such a grasp of the human psyche!
The ending was unsatisfying...perhaps Part Two is in the works?
Cintya Larasinta
Ada beberapa hal yang diketahui secara pasti tentang Gadis berumur 27 tahun bernama Annah Billips. Dia suka pijat dan menatap kontes dan bepergian, selain itu, ia membenci gaya mode tahun 80-an, kamar mandi umum, dan sinar matahari. bahkan, Dia memacari laki-laki dan juga perempuan, orang tuanya telah bercerai sejak ia masih muda, dan dia memiliki adik bernama Ginger yang saat ini hilang. Atau mungkin dia tidak memiliki saudara perempuan, dan dia juga kadang bersikap gila. Mungkin dia bahkan tid ...more
David Schaafsma
Feb 27, 2015 David Schaafsma rated it it was ok
Shelves: gn-sex, gn-women
Eh. I really kind of wanted to like this book with its lighthearted artistic feel and kooky, crazy bisexual main girl character but I just mostly did not. The art is good as it sort of helps undermine the overly talky and expositional text, where little happens in the actual plot… but it feels a little too cartoony or childish for its story…. which involves a framework of…. neurobiology where the separation of the girl's Penfield Homunculus (that's in our brains, duh) from her body creates a sha ...more
Gingerbread Girl is a graphic novel whose story is both interesting and uninteresting. Whose main character is both lovable, yet frustrating.

Over the chorus of a single night we are introduced to a plethora of characters each taking their turn to narrate the story of Annah Billips and her "sister" Ginger. With each hand-off, from character to character, we're given more bread-crumbs of what is really going on inside of Annah's brain. As outside observers we're asked to question Annah's sanity a
Mar 07, 2013 Cassandra rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one
I'm giving this one star because the artwork is good. Otherwise, the story is terrible. It follows a manic-pixie dream girl who is bi-sexual. However, it depicts every bad stereotype about people who are bi-sexual and women in particular: undecided/confused about their sexuality, attention seekers, teases, and, overall, crazy. The protagonist is obsessed with the afro of a woman of color. Not the woman, just her afro. I found it hard to care about her or her story.

This could have been a really
Clare Mitchell
Feb 04, 2014 Clare Mitchell rated it did not like it
I reeeeeeally don't know how I feel about this book.

More accurately, I feel like I should have liked this book - quirky queer girls, vague sci-fi medicine plots - but in reality it made me feel super uncomfortable. I'm not usually a person who gets bothered about use of the word "crazy" but the sheer number of times it appears in this book is overwhelming. The more I read the more I felt like the book was shrugging at me & saying "chicks be cray cray". The fetishisation of natural African h
Seth T.
Jan 12, 2012 Seth T. rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Gingerbread Girl by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover

I love a good, challenging novel (or graphic novel) as much as the next guy. Maybe even more. I've spent my fair share plumbing the depths of Kafka on the Shore, The Unconsoled, Savage Detectives, and Duncan the Wonder Dog. Those books are treasured to me and I'll always remember to think of them fondly. There's a certain invigouration that occurs when one puzzles through a tough work and comes out the other end with something that resembles a solution—or even just a partial solution. There is l
Jan 23, 2016 Carra rated it it was amazing
Shelves: glbt, comics
Weirdly wonderful and intriguing. I took Annah to my heart, and would like to learn more about her (if that is possible) and what happens to her.
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The whole time reading The Gingerbread Girl, I couldn't help but be frustrated. It felt so much like a book written by a guy as a flippant, "girls are crayzee but we love 'em anyway" ode to women. As such, it takes all kinds of generalizations about female nature, ramps them up to 200%, then gives us all kinds of winks and nods that even the girls themselves know they are crazy. So we have a cute, bisexual, frequently un
Steve Castner
Nov 14, 2012 Steve Castner rated it liked it
This mostly comes down to a matter of taste. I can't cite any objective reasons for not liking this book. I thought the drawings themselves were pretty beautiful, and the line quality is just incredible, but it didn't fit the story, in my opinion. It's also not the kind of style I want to look at for the duration of something as long as Gingerbread girl. It's a better fit for shorter strips and lighter subject matter, not a character sketch of a girl with deep emotional scars and psychological i ...more
Dec 18, 2014 Tiamatty rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, indie-comics
This is a very strange book, but a very fun one. The question of whether Annah is missing a piece of her brain or is just delusional is an interesting one. Regardless, she's an entertaining character. The various narrators are all cool, too. Coover's cartoonish art is always excellent, with a real sense of fun and whimsy to it.
Jun 25, 2011 Emeloche rated it it was ok
Gingerbread Girl is a graphic novel with a creative premise that, unfortunately doesn't quite get there. Annah, a twentysomething, may or may not have a sister who was created when her father removed a part of Annah's brain (again, something that may or may not have happened). Annah's quest to find Ginger, her sister, seems mismatched with the casual date the story relays. Though Gingerbread Girl's multiple storytellers give the book a fun feel, the story never really connects, and leaves the r ...more
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
Jul 05, 2013 Jayaprakash Satyamurthy rated it it was amazing
This was so wonderfully well written and illustrated. A girl named Annah imagines that her father has extracted the Penfield homunculus - actually a conceptual representations of the sensory centres in the brain rather than a separate entity - from her brain and given it life. The resulting girl, 'Ginger' feels all the things the girl cannot. The sisters have lost track of each other and a series of narrators including the girl, a pigeon and many others talk about Annah's quest for Ginger and wh ...more
Dec 29, 2011 Suzanne rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
Such a wonderful premise, but such a short book! I'd just started to get invested and it was over.

And more to the point - nothing happens. Its a book purely done in exposition, and you get the the end and realise that pretty much an hour has passed in real time and nothing has happened to advance the story at all. An interesting device, but it needed to be done in tandem with some solid action/conflict/happenings.

Also find it an odd choice of artist. The strange story could have done with less
Ryan Hupp
Dec 10, 2015 Ryan Hupp rated it liked it
This is really more of a two-and-a-half-star review. Or three minus, or whatever. Anyway, I picked this up on impulse from the library shelf and conveniently forgot I had already read it years ago.

It's cute for a while, but Tobin's writing is...not great. It's overly self-conscious and cutesy, has trouble establishing characters' voices in a limited amount of space and defaults to excessive dialogue (never a good look for comics), and I have to give Tobin some serious side-eye for including a me
Javier Villaseñor
Jun 24, 2015 Javier Villaseñor rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
What we really, really do know, is not a certainty but rather what we want to see in others, what we want to know. Along different eyes come different personas, meaning that we make-up the others as much as we make-up our own world.
I've been told that humans are not meant to make promises because they are mere illusions, and illusions are what have caused so much damage on the human spirit. I rather think that illusions are a matter of choice, though they may scar, we get to choose the tie that
Nov 16, 2015 Meli rated it liked it
I kind of end up choosing graphic novels based on art style rather than story content. Possibly because of this, somehow I always end up choosing graphic novels with very unrelatable characters. I guess the typical short form and third person point of view of the graphic novel compound this: in a traditional novel, even if the character is initially unrelatable, you have much more time to become attached to them and understand them complexly, especially if the book is narrated by the character i ...more
A. M.
Mar 29, 2012 A. M. rated it really liked it
Tobin and Coover - undoubtedly the most adorable couple in comics - are at their finest here. A non-judgmental piece courting themes of sexual and personal identity, as well as perspective and tolerance. No clear answers are provided, nor do they need to be; the heart of the work lies in its ability to produce questions, not resolution.
Katie Jane Smyza
Jan 19, 2015 Katie Jane Smyza rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, books-i-own
What a peculiar little book. On one hand, it's an interesting story told through a delightfully unique narrative structure. On the other, not much 'happens' and the ending doesn't wrap anything up. I can understand why that would frustrate some readers, but others might find it intriguing.

If you like inventive slice-of-life stories (Adrian Tomine, MariNaomi, etc.) and don't mind open endings, then you'd most likely enjoy the ride this short tale will take you on. There are chuckles to be had al
Mar 18, 2012 ananka rated it liked it
I have to say a little "meh" on this one. I wanted to like it--the art work is good--but the story left me cold.
Apr 22, 2014 Mirrordance rated it did not like it
E' molto difficile dare un giudizio a questa comic novel. Difficile raccontare una storia che non c'e' che a sua volta appare raccontata dalle voci fuori campo di personaggi accessori, emeriti sconosciuti ed animali vari. Una surreale ricerca di una sorella immaginaria probabilmente mai esistita che non si capisce se sia in realta' delusionale, una sessualita' ambigua e indefinita che non si capisce bene perche' sia nominata. Peccato peche' i disegni sono accattivanti ma e' tutto quello che rima ...more
Mar 21, 2015 Paris rated it liked it
Okay. I am not a 'graphic novel' person at all, so this was a little out of my box, however this book was not enough. Usually unanswered questions are supposed to leave you thinking but these questions left me frustrated. I feel like I can't say anything about the plot, because there is none, and everything is a big mish mash between all the different narrators which, by the way, is the only thing that drew me to this novel. That being said, it was a short, quick, somewhat not really enjoyable s ...more
Apr 04, 2012 J. rated it really liked it
Reading this graphic novel will perplex a good many of its readers. There is a narrative here, and that narrative is delightfully constructed and handles multiple points of view well enough that I would venture to say that the manner that the story progresses is one of the more inventive devices I’ve read in recent years. The only problem that most readers will find is that, much like everything in life, at the end of it all no real clear answers to the pertinent questions are really given. Ther ...more
Athira (Reading on a Rainy Day)
This is the most eccentric book I've ever read. I actually gave up on it halfway through, because it was stretching my imagination way too far, but then I checked out some reviews that this book received, and they've all been very strong and positive. So, then I suspended my disbelief real well and got back to reading it. Besides, being a graphic novel, it was easier to decide whether to continue with it or not. Once I was done with it, I wasn't in love with it, but I could see the point of the ...more
May 10, 2012 Mjhancock rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
In Gingerbread Girl, Tobin and Coover perform a character study of a girl who may or may not be crazy, searching for a twin responsible for feeling her sensations. The story follows her on a date, and observes her from a number of different narrators, including the girl she's on a date with, the boy she stood up to go on the date, and, my favorite, an English bulldog wandering by. Annah is, the kind of person you could lose yourself in. She has a perspective that's so different from the norm tha ...more
May 25, 2011 Paul rated it really liked it
What do you really know about a person? Gingerbread Girl (to be published in July, but all available to read online here) explores this question from all possible angles, as a multitude of people try to get a handle on the truth behind Annah Billips, a flirty, fun, yet infuriatingly capricious and quirky 27-year old girl.

Through the course of the evening, the story passes through the hands of a variety of narrators (from Annah's date for the evening to a pigeon they pass along the way), but it n
Jul 28, 2011 Amy rated it it was ok
Gingerbread Girl
Published by Top Shelf Productions
Released on July 12, 2011
ISBN: 9781603090803
112 pages
Paul Tobin (author), Colleen Coover (artist)

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There are plenty of established facts concerning 26-year-old Annah Billips. She likes sushi and mountains, but hates paper cuts and beer breath. She dates girls and boys, and loves to travel. She may have a missing sister, or she might be insane. Did Annah invent an imaginary sister named Ginger during her parents' ferocious div
LH Johnson
Jan 06, 2012 LH Johnson rated it it was amazing
Gingerbread Girl. I'd seen a few pages of it before and always meant to read this. I was, I admit, heavily attracted by the Vertigo-esque cover design. I remembered Gingerbread Girl existed when I saw that there'd been a review posted on Twitter by the excellent @sarangacomics. I love these moments where a book (and somewhat appropriately for this one) lurks in your head and you can't forget it. The moment I read the review, I remembered the dreamy richness of those preview pages and I went back ...more
Steph C
Feb 01, 2016 Steph C rated it really liked it
I actually saw this at the library, looked at the first couple of pages, which boil down to "tee, hee, I'm bisexual and I'm in my panties", and put it back. But then I happened to pick up again (what can I say, the title grabbed my attention) and actually read it and boy, is it ever a surreal combination of slice-of-life drama and complete mindfuck. Or maybe, considering the cute, friendly style, sort of a mind-cuddle with occasional mind-spanking. The closest thing I can compare it to is Calvin ...more
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Paul Tobin is the Eisner-award winning, New York Times-bestselling author of Bandette, Colder, and many other comic books and graphic series. His original graphic novel I Was the Cat was nominated for an Eisner in 2015.

The Genius Factor: How to Capture an Invisible Cat , first in his five-book series of middle-grade books, came out in 2016 from Bloomsbury Kids in the USA, the UK, Australia
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