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Blue Monday the Kids Are Alright (Blue Monday #1)

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While trying to get tickets to an Adam Ant concert, Bleu Finnegan must deal with the trials of teen life, from prank-playing, porn-addicted boys, to sexist radio disc jockeys, to her unrequited crush on a dreamy substitute teacher.
Paperback, 136 pages
Published December 1st 2000 by Oni Press
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Jan
While the story is officially set in the high-school milieu of the early 1990s, its protagonists appear to be stuck in the early 1980s for some reason. The title "Blue Monday" is an homage to the New Order hit from 1983, main character Bleu is a huge fan of new wave icon Adam Ant, and the mod revival of the same period finds expression in almost everybody's wardrobe ("The Kids Are Alright" was also the title of the Who's original mid-60's mod anthem, of course). Why a teenager of the 1990's woul ...more
Liz
Another series I had high hopes for, though the gratuious panty shot on the cover should have warned me away. It's mostly just crude jokes (many of which trivialize sexual harassment or are homophobic) and throwaway pop culture references. I don't mind pop culture being featured in a story if it's integrated in a way that makes sense (Phonogram does it quite well) but when they're nothing more than fill-in-the-blank throwaway lines, it's hard to keep reading with how hard my eyes roll.

I was expe
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McKenzie Richardson
Garbage. Complete garbage.After reading the Hopeless Savages Volume 1 series, I figured I'd give more of Clugston's work a try. And oh my gosh was that a mistake. The artwork was fine when not depicting teenage girls in their undergarments or wearing shirts that show off their balloon-breasts. But the dialog and the story... what the hell?!?First of all, I could not figure out if Victor and Alan were friends or just guys who follow the main characters around and sexually harass them. The whole ...more
Mel
A friend recommended this when I was looking for graphic novels written or drawn by women. Unfortuantely I really didn't care for it at all. It was taking the 80s troupe of high school girls and making them into Brit pop and post punk 80s music. But it was just SO suburban American and the kids were so straight laced it hurt! The first three adventures were basically rock and roll high school retold and cleaned up! The young 15 year old, doesn't drink, doesn't smoke and definitely doesn't have s ...more
Peter
I've read and reread this one. I can't explain why I enjoy it, but I do. It's over-emotional, coarse, and hugs a lot of clichés, but for some reason I can sympathize with the characters and enjoy their hijinks.
Stacy Fetters
Stand And Deliva!
This was one of those books I stumbled upon on amazon late at nite. Clicked on the preview and fangirled the shit out of this. Ooohhh Loorrrdd! Adam Fookin' Ant!!!!!
Imagine having your idol in town and you tryin with all your might to win tickets. You fail... fail again and yet again fail... until Eureka its all yours. Squeal!!!
You make it and they wont let you in. No no no no no!!!
But some how you wind up meeting him and then getting a ride home. You have special weird luck. Sc
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Mina Addams
The most perfect series in existence.
Bryce Wilson
Look I'm going to be the first to admit that I'm not the target audience for this thing, and I'll also be the first to admit that it probably would have been alot cooler when Manga art in American comics was an incredible novelty rather then a horrible horrible cliche. (Truth in criticism it's done better here then it is by most)

Still Even if I was a sixteen year old punk girl with blue hair who was the first on her block to read Ranma 1/2 I still can't see myself being two incredibly impressed
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Lindsay
Archie if Archie was the way kids really were (in the late eighties/mid nineties).
Honestly one of my favorite comics of this genre.
Ace.
Stephanie
This graphic novel was too realistic for me, which for some might be a selling point but I just couldn’t relate. The gist of the plot is that a teenage girl named Bleu is trying to win Adam Ant tickets off the radio. I had a twitch of nostalgia with the 80s setting - Bleu actually has to use a land line or a pay phone when she calls the radio. Bleu’s trio of girlfriends play pranks on their trio of friends who are boys. I feel like I should like it – it’s got some great girl power moments in it, ...more
Sara
A really great comic about teens in late '90s running about and causing trouble. Loved it mmm
Ashke
If you took one part 80's nostalgia, one part britpop, and mixed it with equals parts John Hughes, you'd come up with something like Blue Monday. This is one third of what makes Chynna Clugston's take on the typical coming of age tale unique, the other part being her cartoonish/mangaish yet detailed art, and the finishing touch crowned as it being downright bizarre and raunchy 90 percent of the time. Which makes it hilarious. This first volume has some growing pains, but the characters are stron ...more
Murray Fox
Love this book so so soooooo much!
Tiamatty
While this isn't a particularly outstanding book, it's still fun. The art is very manga-esque, so if that turns you off, it'll be a problem. The characters are fairly plain, but still have a sense of realness to them. All in all, it's an enjoyable, if forgettable, read.
Debbie
Book one in the Blue Monday series.

Bleu Finnegan is obsessed with Adam Ant. When she hears that he will be performing in the city, she vows to do whatever it takes to win tickets. In the meantime, she and her friends play some nasty pranks on each other and Blue crushes on a hip substitute teacher. Will Blue succeed in meeting her idol or will all her efforts come to nothing after all?

Recommended for mature readers.
Terri
Oct 31, 2007 Terri rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people with good eyesight
I didn't realize this graphic novel was going to be done in the Japanese/anime style. I don't like that style of artwork, and the text in this book was super tiny that it gave me a headache. I read a few chapters into it and while the music references were fun, the story was really boring and pretty juevenile. Didn't finish this and giving up on it. Definitely won't be reading the other volumes.
M.
I decided that it was time to get rid of these for lack of space, so I re-read them in preparation.

I was fairly obsessed with Blue Monday in high school, and it's fairly easy to see why: clever, attractive counter culture kids who have major obsessions & are into 30 y/o's instead of highschoolers. Pretty much pure escapism, but as such, it's not entirely vapid and highly enjoyable.
Matt Chic
this was pretty fun. at first i only kind of dug it, but the more i got to know the characters the more i enjoyed it. and i liked the older short stories reprinted in the back too.

my main beef is the manga style-- which just isn't my thing. chynna's good at it, so that's no big deal, my eyes just wish they was looking at something else.
Akemi
If I have to choose a story to make a film about it where is music and people and a naive teenager who wants to begin life... I will choose Blue Monday, 90's Britpop a naive character that somehow remind me to myself when I was 17 or so and group of characters that makes you laugh and sometimes, cry
Kris
This was a graphic novel about a teenage girl obsessed with Adam Ant, drawn in an anime style. It was cute enough, but I didn't like it enough to pick up any of the others. I don't think I'm the target audience.
City of Villages
I was hooked on this series the moment Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Paul Weller and Adam Ant all wandered into a panel. I wish high school had been this good.
Kimikimi
I actually enjoyed this first volume, but the second volume was so problematic that it ruined my enjoyment of this one too.
scarlettraces
very cool and funny, and clearly something i should have read long ago.
Jacob
awesome comic about punks and rudies in the 80s
Joy Barr
Archie for indie rock kids
Kerry
I laughed out loud!
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