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The Adventures of Barry Ween, Boy Genius 1

4.19  ·  Rating Details ·  355 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Meet Barry Ween, the smartest living human. What does a ten-year-old boy do with a 350 I.Q.? Any thing he wants. Cranky, egotistical, arrogant and foul-mouthed, Barry in general wants to conduct his experiments and be left alone, but it never seems to work out. Hurdles that Barry must outmaneuver range from time warps, to art thieves, to accidentally turning his best frien ...more
Paperback, 88 pages
Published February 13th 2007 by Oni Press (first published February 1st 2000)
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Jan Philipzig
Mar 10, 2016 Jan Philipzig rated it liked it
Shelves: comedy, oni-press
If Calvin (of Calvin & Hobbes) had a rude but brilliant older brother, he would probably look, talk, and behave much like Barry Ween, Boy Genius. Admittedly, Judd Winick's cartooning does not have Bill Watterson's style or depth, and it loses some of its momentum once the main characters have been established and pop culture references start to dominate. What it does have, though, is the timing and expressiveness needed to get the jokes across, occasionally to hilarious effect!
Jake Kern
Feb 01, 2008 Jake Kern rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor, favorites
To start, I feel that there needs to be a significant warning before anyone reads this series: it is one of the most vulgar things I have ever enjoyed. Yes. Enjoyed. Thoroughly.

Imagine Stewie Griffin at age 10. (I hate this comparison because Barry Ween came out before Family Guy and runs laps around it in terms of humor...but it gives you the idea for the character.) His best friend is a typical 10 year old who happens to be addicted to porn and the only one besides Barry that knows just how br
Aug 14, 2007 Peggy rated it it was amazing
I read some comics as a kid, but my hometown was so tiny and provincial that there was no regular place to get them. Consequently, although I enjoyed them, I never got caught up in them like others did. I'm a voracious reader, so I just concentrated on what I could find, which was a lot of sci-fi and horror novels and short stories. Comics were always a part of my consciousness -- all the other folks I met who read the same stuff I did loved comics and talked about them-I just never read them re ...more
Tippy Jackson
Sep 05, 2011 Tippy Jackson rated it it was amazing
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Feb 06, 2015 Sivyu rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2006, graphic-novels
I didn't even know this was written by the Judd from Real World San Francisco until like a month after I bought it. I was glancing at the back cover at the photo strip and recognized his wife Pam first and then it clicked. I thought that it was really funny, smart, and a little crude. Barry is like a combination of Dexter, Calvin, and ShinShin.
i spilt yoghurt over an issue of this that a boy lent me and he never forgave me. i'd forgotten what it was called and was delighted to re-encounter it, and yes, it was as funny as i remember, if you have a tolerance for running gags and reasonably sophisticated but still adolescent humour (that's my hand in the air, obviously). moar please!
Jan 14, 2008 Steven rated it it was amazing
Imagine a boy genius who far surpasses the geniuses of history in math, the sciences, lightsaber skills, and creative profanity — all before he's hit by puberty. This is Barry Ween. Before Winick was able to garner bigger jobs writing some of mainstream comics' iconic characters, he published his funnier works through Oni Press and we are all the better for it.
Nov 26, 2011 Peacegal rated it liked it
Imagine an extremely profane Jimmy Neutron. This graphic novel was pretty funny, even if the writer seemed to be stretching it in order to get his characters to curse as much as possible. Don't be surprised if this one ends up filed in the Juvenile section by some lazy librarian or bookstore worker; the cover makes it look like something for the Nickelodeon set without hinting at the contents.
Kim Reads
Mar 18, 2016 Kim Reads rated it liked it
rating: 3.75

This is funny and entertaining. The main reason it wasn't rated higher is because I felt like the last story just wasn't as strong as the first 2. I really wish this series was in colour!
May 28, 2012 Greymalkin rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga-comics
While I can appreciate the cleverness and the way that his genius is thwarted by mundane things, I don't think this is quite for me, I like a little less vulgarity in my comics I think. It is funny though.
Aug 26, 2012 Mel rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-as-an-adult
I wouldn't have thought I would find something with so much vulgarity so funny but Barry Ween is both amusing and clever. On to Book Two!
Jul 08, 2015 Nancy rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics-scifi
Epically funny mad science adventures. Also epically NSFW for strong language and Cards Against Humanity style dirty wordsmithing (waaay before CAH was even a thing).
Oct 09, 2013 Jdetrick rated it it was amazing
I've not always been a huge fan of all of Judd Winick's comic work, but I love his Barry Ween books. Crass, profane, but highly amusing, this first volume is simply a lot of fun.
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Shelves: comics-2014
Calvin and Hobbes meets Dexter's Lab
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Born February 12th, 1970 and raised on Long Island in New York, Judd began cartooning professionally at 16 with a single-paneled strip called Nuts & Bolts. This ran weekly through Anton Publications, a newspaper publisher that produced town papers in the Tri state area. He was paid 10 dollars a week.

In August of 1988, Judd began attending the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor bringing Nuts &am
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