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B.P.M.: Beats Per Minute

3.3 of 5 stars 3.30  ·  rating details  ·  40 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Roxy spins records in dark clubs and small bars, hoping to make a name for herself as a DJ in the complex and demanding club culture of New York City. She stumbles across Robie, a burned-out former superstar DJ, who shows her how to rise to the next level of her art. As Robie's mentoring begins to elevate Roxy's career, she must choose whether to follow her heart or the be ...more
Paperback, 93 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by Cafe Digital Studios
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I finally got around to bringing in the newest Paul Sizer book into the (ever growing) collection of books piling up. With Graphic Novels, I can always at least manage to fit them in between the epic bug-smashing books, and they're very seldom lacking in reward.

B.P.M. is a definite departure from a lot of the previous works that Sizer's released. There's no galaxy-spanning civilization, abandoned mining platworms or under-dwelling gangs. This one's backdrop is NYC, present day, present time. It
This book is crammed full of music. While reading it I felt fully emerged in the New York club scene. It follows a young female DJ as she struggles to make it as a DJ. I just felt drawn to this book the moment I picked it out of a second hand bin at the comic book shop and flicked through it and once again I am glad I followed my gut instinct.

The art is fantastic and fits the book so well. The colours pop, vibrantly mirroring the colours of the city's night life while the use of photographs to m
Betsie Bush
Mayh... I wanted to love this book; the artwork is pretty good, and it is clear that the author put a LOT of research and hard work into the project and that he is very passionate about the topic, but... the story itself is so thin and too philosophical. It could have been sooooo much more, but a single page or two for major turning points in the story just isn't enough. Again, I have to give the author credit for putting so much work into it, but I was kind of put off by the section at the end ...more
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Brandi Rae
I saw that another librarian had read this, and I just had to check it out. BPM (Beats Per Minute) tells the story of Roxy, a New York City DJ who is trying to work her way up through the clubs as she struggles to maintain her personal life. After a chance meeting with a recluse DJ legend, her sets start to improve until she finally has a chance to fill in for a friend at one of the hippest clubs in the city.

Overall, the story was good, but not great. What really made me love the book was the a
Paul Sizer spins a twist on the graphic novel with his BPM offering. Focusing on up-and-coming DJ Roxy, Sizer makes the world of mixing music entertaining, heartbreaking, and gorgeous. As Roxy seeks to establish herself as a full-fledged spinner, she neglects her relationship for the sake of her craft. Feeling destitute, she encounters a washed-up DJ known as Robie, who lost his way once climbing to the top. Aided by his musical selections, Roxy must dance to her own beat and discover what is tr ...more
Dawn Rutherford
Very fun, and catches the visual sensibility of the scene quite nicely. Wish it came with a cd!
I loved the characters & learned about the (foreign to me) DJ scene in NYC. Great art! Also, the descriptions of the author's work on character development was really interesting. It is cool to see what the author/illustrator goes through in developing the art & personality of each character in a graphic novel.

I just wish that I couldn't heard the music playing while reading the graphic novel. *Playlist is included at the end!
I first ran across this graphic novel when the creator used my Infinite Canvas web app to display the first chapter:

It's delightful to finally read the whole thing! Being a fan of electronic music and having been part of the DJ scene in San Francisco (the comic is set in New York), I felt it covered the territory nicely.
This is a wonderful story set in the NYC club scene where DJs compete to attract the crowds with their eclectic song lists. The illustrations and the story pulled me into the story right away and I became entirely immersed in their story. That said, it's very difficult to describe so all I can say is that you should definitely take a look at it.
Interesting and enjoyable fusion of music and art. The story is very tight and the realism was refreshing. This is merely a slice of Roxy's life, it is not the story of it. The unresolved issues at the end leave the reader with hope and a slight twinkle of mischief.
I guess this just wasn't my thing.
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