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Funny Misshapen Body

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  1,223 ratings  ·  86 reviews

Funny Misshapen Body is the story of Jeffrey Brown's evolution as a cartoonist, from his youthful obsession with superhero comics to his disillusionment with fine art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Drawn with Brown's scratchy, spare, trademark style, Funny Misshapen Body resonates with true-to-life observations on love, fear, and ambition. Through his bare

Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 7th 2009 by Touchstone (first published 2009)
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well well well...jeffrey brown is all growed up now! this book is all glossy and fancy... and very little about saddish relationships! this one is more about art and "finding oneself" as an artist , but in a way that isnt melodramatic and self-aggrandizing, which is refreshing. (from an artist, not from jeffrey brown - i dont think he has ever been self-aggrandizing in his life)so a big thumbs-up, especially to the little wooden shoe store, and the artist with the pinata. and paul hornschemeier! ...more
Sam Quixote
I've known about Jeffrey Brown's comics for a while now and while I've read his more recent stuff like the Cat books and the excellent Star Wars stuff, I stayed away from his autobio comics for some reason - I suppose reading about failed relationships isn't really my thing. But I decided to pick up Funny, Misshapen Body as it was about other things in Brown's life. It's a memoir about his childhood, Crohn's disease, about his job working in a crafts store, about university life and the associat ...more
My brother gave this to me for Christmas. Yeah my brother.

One of the many things I like about Jeffrey Brown's biographical stuff is that it is not chronologically re-called. He divides it into categories like, "my job at the shoe factory" or "girlfriends" or "college". It matches my brain.

Yeah Jeffrey Brown.

Also he doesn't over play things that could easily be over played. He doesn't play the ironic nerd or dwell on things that could be elaborated to pathetic. He just recalls them.

Yeah for bei
Funny Misshapen Body delivered not just the Brown I love, but a more mature and reflective Brown. A balance of stories, in his usual anti-chronological way that swirl together to create a full novelistic image of people, places and developments, working with new themes, and yet tied to the old and magnifying the scope of his storytelling.

There’s also a greater range in the artwork, combining the early simple scrawl with the burdened later ink. We see the rest of Brown’s protagonist’s life (I re
I’m so glad there are books like Funny Misshapen Body! Jeffrey Brown takes what normally would be tragic (chronic diseases, poor confidence around the other sex and pretentious art grad smugness) and makes these comic. Anyone, for example, who has or has had a chronic illness/disease knows they can be embarrassing, uncomfortable and require a lot of medical attention. Brown focuses on scenarios that are as much laughable or comic as they are tragic. He shows us that it is okay that we laugh for ...more
It is certainly to Jeffrey Brown's credit that he can critically examine the most embarrassing details of his life and share them on paper in what appears to be a refreshingly honest way. And the fact that those details are about his anxieties creating art and finding his artistic path seem to speak almost to an older and wiser Brown than his stories about early relationships.

I really enjoyed seeing Brown's evolution as an artist, his challenges with binge drinking and Crohn's Disease, and his a
"Piltrafilla", una traducción penosa del título original "Funny Misshapen Body", recopila distintas historias cortas que abundan en la vertiente autobiográfica de Jeffrey Brown. En este caso, además de exponer distintos momentos de su vida relacionados con la salud, la escuela, las drogas, etc., el valor del volumen radica, bajo mi punto de vista, en la narración de las diversas etapas de su evolución como artista, o, mejor dicho, la larga marcha para, por fin, alcanzar esa denominación. Sus dud ...more
(useless thought): maybe i saw jeffrey brown at the wooden shoe factory when i was growing up/ klompen dancing and DIDN'T EVEN KNOW IT.
I'm a big fan of Jeffrey Brown's conversational comic style. He addresses his relationship with art, love, friendship, body, in a way that is meandering and yet circles back again and again to the things that are most important to him: authentic self-expression, authentic connection, self-understanding with a great helping of compassionate humor. I especially enjoyed the stories in here about art school, comics, and his work giving shoes crafty tattoos. But as per usual, I appreciated all of the ...more
15 or more years younger than many of the people from the tradition in which he works (Dan Clowes et al), Brown is not quite a whole new generation but brings a bit of a millenial stance. This collection of autobiographical segments, in his characteristic "disarmingly honest" style, is probably at its most illuminating as he describes his undergraduate and graduate art education (the latter at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago). His account of his shift from being focused on more conven ...more
Zack! Empire
As someone who draws comics sometimes, I thought this was a really interesting idea for a comic: What life events have shaped you into being a cartoonist? I've liked Jeffery Brown's work since I first discovered it, but to be honest I was getting a bit tired of reading about his relationships. There are a lot of interesting things that happy to a person besides just interacting I with the opposite sex and I'm glad that Jeffrey is moving away from that.
I like his direct and honest approach of st
I don't know if I've ever read a thoughtful book that was this "easy." This graphic novel memoir reads like you're catching up with an old friend. The story isn't linear. It's broken up by themes of disease, apartment, pot and varying levels and tales about art. It's very honest without being revealing. It's the memoir of a nice guy who wanted to be a cartoonist. He has supportive parents, he has nice friends, and he never battles any demons. It was just a swell story about a swell dude. There w ...more
Ian Hrabe
I didn't even know this existed until I stumbled upon a copy of it at Half Price Books. Like Little Things, Jeffrey Brown has realized that he can't write relationship books for the rest of his life and he's better for it. Well, I'm not sure about that, but it's a refreshing read and a great portrait of Jeffrey Brown as artist, his beginnings, and everything that led him to publishing excellent graphic novels (with just a couple exceptions). His art has improved a bunch, drawing influence from Y ...more
Jennifer Harper
So I devoured this book in one sitting essentially. I couldn't put it down. I initially got this because I knew there would be something about Crohn's in it, but it really drew me in. This memoir was done flawlessly. I'm not a person who reads tons of comics and comic type books, but when I do, it's gotta grab me. It was a sort of coming of age and finding your place and purpose in the world type of book. Highly recommended for a quick and engaging read.
Luis Saavedra
I'd only read a few pages of Jeffrey Brown's page in anthologies like the Best American series. Reading his memoir Funny Misshapen Body, which is mainly focused on his love for comics and how he came to work in them, was truly a moving experience.

In these pages Brown recounts his first encounter with the world of sequential art, his growing interest in the medium, the ritual of visiting comic book stores, meeting comic book authors, drawing and the art-school environment. Intertwined we also ge
Sydney More
The lack of story really threw me off - I've read some great auto-bio with strong story, and this doesn't fall into that category. I found this collection difficult to follow, a feeling exacerbated by sometimes incoherent text and samey-looking panels. I felt like I was constantly missing something while reading this.
This book was very realistic. I have thought about what it would be like to become a cartoonist. When I read this book I realized, omg its not easy to become a cartoonist. People have to actually like what you do in order for you to even get a chance. This book was my reality check
Jeffery Brown is one of my favorite cartoonists, and every time I've met him he's been really nice. His memoirs are witty, but also easy to connect to. In this one, he focuses on how he went from being an art grad who did "serious" paintings to a cartoonist. It's really interesting and made me realize that I don't take my writing as seriously as I should. I need to focus more on it, and work hard on it; he went through so many failures before he truly found his own craft and style. Finding your ...more
This was listed as a book about living with Crohns Disease. It briefly touched on that, but was more focused on the author's struggles through school. I'm not a fan of cartoons, but the format did put some interest into the story.
Short comics about Jeffrey Brown's health condition, but about so many other things. A great comic from after his comics where all he writes about is his relationships.
Emm Roy
This book is fantastic. The honesty mixed with the style and the format create something truly special.
The creators of most autobiographical comics try so hard to Say Something Meaningful. They navelgaze, they pontificate, but mostly they try too damn hard. Jeffrey Brown's autobio comics, on the other hand, just tell simple stories about his life. If he's Trying To Say Something, it certainly doesn't come across that way, and if there's any Capital-M Meaning to be found, he leaves it to us to find it on our own. I appreciate that approach. I find it truly distasteful when a creator of any type of ...more
I really enjoy these autobiographical cartoons....they are just really different and engaging.
Emilia P
Finally, Jeff!
A reasonably coherent collection of stories that are actually about your life and not just about dames and help us understand how you got to where you are so you could tell all those stories about dames. Crohn's disease, college, working at the wooden shoe store, dabbling in drugs just a little bit. This is actually probably a great place to start on Jeff, so you don't feel quite so unanchored reading earlier stuff. Which, I guess, at this point might be worth a re-read. I'm still
May 27, 2015 Noemi rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommended to Noemi by: Ben
I think there are enough graphic-memoirs out there about white boys who can't get girlfriends. I don't understand why an art school graduate chose to draw in an uninteresting cartoony style. I liked the bit about dealing with customers at the shoe store, but for most of it, it seemed like he wasn't putting in that much effort, neither with the art, nor with the writing.

If you want to read a good graphic-memoir about a white boy with self-esteem issues, read Blankets by Craig Thompson.
I personally didn't like it. I'm really into autobiographical comics, but this one was just not what I was looking for. The guy didn't seem to have a very interesting life but yet he still decided to make a comic of it. The story was uninteresting and, on top of that, the drawings weren't even very well done. I forced myself to finish it and actually couldn't. I read 3/4 of it. So if it has an amazing ending that would have made me understand and love the whole book, I've missed it.
It's a weird thing to read Jeffrey Brown talking about more than just his awkward or failed relationships. Don't get me wrong -- I love him for that. This feels more mature somehow, though. It was really interesting to read about how his life develops through the lens of different aspects of it: friends, health, living situations, school. It was encouraging while also bringing some sense of closure to everything (ie Jeffrey Brown is ok even though girls have hurt him).
Although I'm still not a huge fan of his tendency toward "apologizing" for his stories' lack of continuity, I enjoyed Funny Misshapen Body far more than the author's last graphic novel. It was nice to see Brown tell stories that seemingly exist on the edges of his previous books, and I thought the sections on his growth as an artist were really interesting. I wasn't the biggest fan of Little Things, so this was a fun return to form.
Aug 12, 2009 Earline rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Chris Ware fanatics, art students
Recommended to Earline by: Brian
wow. I can never get enough of horrible/hilarious stories about art school. I wish Jeffrey Brown was in my MFA program with me so we could hate art and worship Chris Ware together. yeah I'm super jealous of Jeff and his Chris Ware-ness.. I LOVED that jumping out of a window comment.

the only reason I'm not giving it a 5/5 is because I just wish it was a little more focused.. also I didn't like the cop-out ending.
I enjoyed this book as much as the previous Jeffrey Brown book (Little Things).

In this book there were a lot of stories about art school and his development into a graphic memoirist. He also discusses his battle with Chrone's Disease.

At the end of the book, he answers some frequently answered questions, which I found fun and interesting.

I will definitely being reading more by Jeffrey Brown.
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