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Too Cool to Be Forgotten

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  1,604 Ratings  ·  163 Reviews

From the critically-acclaimed cartoonist behind Box Office Poison and Tricked comes the delightful 2 Cool 2 B 4Gotten, a story of second chances.

Andy Wicks is a forty-something father of two who's making one final attempt to quit smoking: hypnosis. He's skeptical it will work, but is stunned to find that when he emerges from his trance, he's fifteen years old - and it's 19

Hardcover, 125 pages
Published August 4th 2008 by Top Shelf Productions (first published 2008)
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Ryan Werner
Feb 19, 2017 Ryan Werner rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
A middle-aged man goes back in time (mentally, due to hypnosis--none of that comic trope time travel horseshit) to high school so he absolve himself of smoking. The presentation made it seem like a sort of 80's high school movie, but there's a feeling of stress and tragedy underneath the whole thing that gives it a bit of depth.

Robinson risks sentimentality very nicely here, swinging back around to the real issue at hand at a crucial point. Some of the longer bits of dialogue get to be a bit su
Melanie Page
Dec 15, 2014 Melanie Page rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel
You ever notice that 2 stars look really pitiful? According to Goodreads, 2 stars means "it was okay," and that's exactly how I feel about this book. I've never read any of the author's other works, but based on what everyone is saying, I should read those. Too Cool to be Forgotten is a misleading title. Middle-aged Andy Whit heads to a holistic health center to quit smoking. He is hypnotized only to awaken in his old high school. He is again 15--which means that no one forgot him. How could the ...more
Kristen Northrup
Sep 06, 2008 Kristen Northrup rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, comics
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A pleasant way to spend a couple hours. The art is more refined, less hurried, than Box Office Poison. There are fewer typos (man, this guy needs to practice his spelling). The story is a bit silly, especially compared to his other realist comics. It's about some guy who goes to a hypnotist to help him stop smoking, which send him back in time to his sophomore year of high school. So, you know... if you're aware of what you're getting into and don't take it too seriously, it can be fun.
Derek Parker
Dec 13, 2015 Derek Parker rated it really liked it
I mean to read this when it came out, but I just never got around to it. Finally did so in preparation for my interview with Alex Robinson, A significantly shorter work from Robinson -- especially when you compare it to Box Office Poison and Tricked -- but it demonstrates that the artist can master the shorter story form, as well.
Feb 02, 2016 Krystal rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Getting graphic novel recommendations from John—yes John Daniello—is essentially your feelings getting a swift kick to their balls.

No warning.

Just, right in the balls.

Thanks, John.
Aug 18, 2010 Christine rated it it was ok
God, it's a terrible irony of life that the deepest truths can't be expressed without lapsing into cliché.
Jun 22, 2008 Jeffrey rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
A true graphic novella, and probably Alex's best book yet. Well paced mix of high school angst and examination of coming to peace with the past
Gary Butler
Feb 23, 2016 Gary Butler rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
13th book read in 2016.

Number 364 out of 506 on my all time book list.

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Lani M
Mar 08, 2017 Lani M rated it liked it
So, If you ever had a chance to go back to your past and relive it, would you take it? Would you change several decisions that shaped the current you?
Nov 19, 2015 Batmark rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, sci-fi

Andy Wicks is trying to quit smoking. He's tried all the standard methods: cold turkey, nicotine gum, the patch--everything. None of them worked, but for the sake of his wife and kids Andy relents to trying a professional hypnotist. Although he doesn't believe it will work, Andy is shocked to find himself transported from the hypnotist's chair to his high school's library, circa 1985. He finds himself reliving his sophomore year, a man trapped in a 15-year
Chad Bearden
Aug 23, 2008 Chad Bearden rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
When reading Alex Robinson, I've found that its hard not to feel something positive toward his characters. They're always remarkably human, and he's never afraid to show you their ugly sides. Andy Wicks, the protagonist of "Too Cool To Be Forgotten" is no different on this fundamental level.

But on the broader level, he's a bit disappointing, in that, he's a bit too steeped in a gee-whiz, golly-gosh attitude toward the plot he's dutifully trudging through. The first half of this work, which follo
Buddy Scalera
Oct 01, 2016 Buddy Scalera rated it it was amazing
An undiscovered gem. Funny and poignant.
Sam Quixote
Jul 29, 2011 Sam Quixote rated it really liked it

I'm a bit undecided with Alex Robinson. "Box Office Poison" was really too long and rubbish while "Tricked" had at least more of a story and was about 200 pages shorter. Anyway, I read that his latest "Too Cool To Be Forgotten" was the best graphic novel of the year (2008) and saw it in the library so picked it up. It's a small book, much more so than the gargantuan paperbacks with 400-600 pages in them. It's more like 100 pages in a small hardback book with a cigarette packet cover. It
Tom Waters
Oct 23, 2010 Tom Waters rated it really liked it
The Mulligan Life: Too Cool To Be Forgotten (Top Shelf Productions) by Alex Robinson

High school reunions have a way of bringing out a grand mal mid-life crisis that makes all of the other introspective bumps in the road seem laughable. With his own 20-year reunion looming in a year, Alex Robinson headed his teenage years off at the pass with a fictional blast to the past. Andy Wicks (the central character in Too Cool) finds himself trapped in his former 15 year old body after a visit to a hypno
Apr 14, 2014 Joreim rated it really liked it
This book is very insightful because of the way it pulls you into the main character’s life, it is very sophisticated and it makes you think like the character in an unusual way.
The story of middle-aged Andy Wicks’ addiction to cigarettes all started when he took one cigarrette from a group of guys after a party in high school. Although his past did affect what is now happening to him, he is determined to make things right when he is giving the chance to go back in time and realize his mistake
Marcelo Sanchez
Mar 13, 2016 Marcelo Sanchez rated it really liked it
Volver en el tiempo a la horrible época en la que estabas en el colegio es un cliché. Y es uno del cual debería estar cansado. El clásico hombre mayor dando consejos a los adolescentes, mejorando las vidas del resto al tiempo que descubre algo que hace su vida mejor. Es un cliché. Pero aquí hay algo un poco distinto. Este es un hombre reviviendo sus memorias, repoblando un colegio con lo que recuerda, incapaz de distinguir si todo está en su imaginación o si en verdad viajó en el tiempo.
Este es
Jun 12, 2013 Val rated it it was amazing
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Apr 06, 2010 Idleprimate rated it it was amazing
Robinson's latest was excellent and satisfying. It was also moving and i felt choked up and pained while reading it.

It's a tender tale of strife in adolescence, wrapped in reflection and healing rendered through the metaphor of time travel.

I really enjoy how with his art, most of the time he uses a straightforward and consistent style, so as to not make you conscious of story-telling, but then at key moments employs abstraction and surrealism, to raise a crescendo for emotional crises.

a perhaps
Dec 20, 2013 Kinsey_m rated it it was ok
It's a good thing I read "Too cool to be forgotten" after having read Box Office Poison and Tricked by the same author, as otherwise I'd think "Too Cool..." is as good as it gets with Alex Robinson and would not have looked for any other of his works.

While its intentions are good, the execution of "Too Cool..." is severely flawed. The premise is good: The forty year-old protagonist undergoes hypnosys as a last ditch attempt to quit smoking and is transported (to his horror) back to high school.
Jul 30, 2008 Erik rated it really liked it
I picked up this latest graphic novel by Robinson for 50% off during the last hours of the San Deigo Comic-Con this last Sunday. Considering that it was just released in time for the Con – as many a graphic novelist and artist do these days – that was a pretty purchase. (And in hardback, to boot.) Like Alan Moore and Frank Miller, Robinson’s infrequent output never ceases to amaze. Nor does his story-telling fail to astonish and remind you that he’s still in his prime after a decade in comics.

Jul 20, 2008 Peter rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Like all of Robinson's work this book is heart felt and brutally honest. However is so mired in it's Quantum Leap conceit that it fails to be interesting at all. I've seen Back to the Future and Peggy Sue Got Married... Robinson is above this kind of storytelling (you can see this in the party scene and the final scene with Andy's father), why can't this just be happening? I would have found the purpose, or content of the story more effective. Instead I'm still thinking about old Andy trying to ...more
Matti Karjalainen
Alex Robinsonin "Tricked" ja "Box Office Poison" ovat sanalla sanoen mestarilllisia sarjakuvaromaaneja, joten tartuin myös tekijän uusimpaan albumiin "Too Cool To Be Forgotte"" (Top Shelf, 2008) suurin odotuksin. Lisäksi juonikuvio herätti etukäteen runsaasti kiinnostusta ihan henkilökohtaisista syistä; niin tupakoinnin lopettamisen sietämätön vaikeus kuin hivenen traumaattiset muistot lukioajasta ovat aiheita, joiden kanssa on joutunut painiskelemaan.

Nelikymppinen Andy Wicks yrittää lopettaa po
Mark Desrosiers
Sep 01, 2008 Mark Desrosiers rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
A 40-year-old heavy smoker signs up for some couch therapy, and thereby gets hypnotized back to his high school days. The Back to the Future premise seemed promising, and occasionally Robinson goes somewhere new with it. When our protagonist views his "high school" mom as looking the same age in 1985 as in 2010, for example. Or the fact that his 15-year-old self is now preternaturally horny, yet totally freaked out by the jailbait all around him. Through it all, the idea that geek-time-traveling ...more
Apr 10, 2010 Hannah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
I bought this book today at the MoCCA Festival ( and read it on the train on the way home...and was BAWLING by the end. I'm a huge fan of Alex Robinson's other slice-of-life graphic novels (Box Office Poison, Tricked), so I knew this was gonna be a good read when I picked it up. But I wasn't prepared for how truly moving it would be. It has all the humor and humanity I've come to love in Robinson's work, and all the quirky pop culture-y smirks as well. An ...more
Aug 16, 2008 Brad rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, teenagers
A middle-aged guy named Andy tries to stop smoking by seeing a hypnotist, who sends his mind back to his high school days. So it's Big or 13 Going on 30 in reverse. Andy realizes that he's sent back to the very week he started smoking, so he resolves to alter that part of his past, as well as a few other peer pressure-induced behaviors.
It's a decent, not ridiculously original idea for a story, but Robinson relies a bit too much on adolescent cliches, thought balloons, and an unsurprising twist e
Julie Rylie
Jul 02, 2016 Julie Rylie rated it really liked it
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I came in not knowing what to expect and came away all emotional. The ending was something I can relate to, the loss. I was surprised by how strongly it hit. The overall arc was about a middle-aged man visiting a hypnotherapist to quit his smoking habit. But it quickly becomes obvious that that's not the main plot. I found the simple art style to be pleasing and effective. It was easy to follow the dialogue and monologue the protagonist had, as he goes through his high school years again. It was ...more
Feb 04, 2009 Arthur rated it it was ok
What a chore. The ending was moving, but that didn't make up for all those linked thought balloons I had to wade through. Sometimes up to six of them went into making one big thought cloud swirling around the protagonist's head. Getting those clouds behind me wouldn't have felt so much like work, if there was something in the depicted highschool (re-)experience that hadn't been told many times before. The reader gets bombarded with many names of school persons, as if it's the beginning of a gian ...more
I thought this was well-written and made sense, and was realistic (for certain values of realistic that take time travel into account) in that going back in time to high school and trying to make different choices didn't mean that those choices would work or be any better than the original choices. I did like that he didn't go back in time for the reason he thought he did, but I did kind of figure out what was going on from clues the writer dropped. Not sure if they were supposed to be easy to f ...more
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Alex Robinson was born in the Bronx on 8 August. He grew up in Yorktown Heights, New York where he graduated high school in 1987. His first job upon graduation was washing dishes in a gourmet deli and it was while working there he decided that maybe college was a pretty good idea afterall.

He spent one year at SUNY Brockport and then transferred to an art school in New York City, where he majored
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