Too Cool to Be Forgotten
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...more
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...more
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.
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...more
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...more
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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...more
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...more
I'd really recommend the people who like this book to check out We can fix it by Jess Fink which deals with similar themes, (time travelling back to fix something in your past), in a way that is both funny and moving.
On the surface this looks like a comedy time travel type story, but as with Robinson's other work it does have more going on under the surface than that. Though the comedy of a man in his forties getting another chance at enjoying being a teenager is funny as well.
Andy’s not so keen on this method, but goes for it anyway. Once the hypnosis is underway Andy finds himself transported back in time to 1985, a few days before he smoked his first cigarette. Andy, ever the smartie-pants decides that it’s hi...more
While this graphic novel was by no means a chore to read...more
He spent one year at SUNY Brockport and then transferred to an art school in New York City, where he majored...more