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A Film About Billy

4.23 of 5 stars 4.23  ·  rating details  ·  22 ratings  ·  4 reviews
A Film About Billy is a hybrid novel that alternates between comics and prose to tell the story of Collin Heart—a 17-year-old editing a documentary about his dead friend during an international suicide epidemic. After high school, Collin leaves the military base where he grew up to work on his film. Collin grapples with personal tragedy, but fails to see his role in the la ...more
Paperback, 252 pages
Published October 7th 2012 by 6 Gallery Press

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Rick Claypool
Good stuff. Starts out seeming like a sort of disaffected artsy / slacker kid buddy story, and then it just gets weird. The hero is making a movie about his friend who committed suicide. Meanwhile, a suicide pandemic engulfs the world.

The idea of a suicide pandemic seems like a great metaphor for lots of terrible things happening in the world right now. Like, not giving a crap about how we're destroying the planet is kind of like a suicide pandemic. There was a part where lots and lots of suicid
It was really fun trying to give a synopsis of this to a friend. This is a hybrid novel. It had word chapters and graphic chapters. I got sort of stuck on the way the graphics were images of videos so they all had a little record in the top corner. Smart! I got sort of sucked in on how the book takes place on streets I have lived on. Sweet! I remember feeling really attached to the funeral chapters, and I really liked how the main character takes on a new best friend when the time comes.
This is a wonderfully creative book that deserves a wide readership! Alternating prose and graphic novel sections complement each other to tell a deeply felt story set in the near future when a suicide epidemic threatens the future of humanity. The plot is gripping, the characters and the youthful gestalt are genuine, and I was completely drawn into the narrator's world as he realizes he is uniquely positioned to play a critical role in the fate of the world. Just. Read. It!
I could not put this book down, and it’s been a long time since a book has engrossed me like this.

I loved the mix of comic/graphic interface and text. The plot was entertaining, and I thoroughly enjoyed the conspiracy elements.

It is a far superior “end of the world” novel then say “White Horse” or the “Age of Miracles” were, and much more enjoyable.

Do yourself a favour and ask for a copy today!
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