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Life With Mr. Dangerous

3.51 of 5 stars 3.51  ·  rating details  ·  818 ratings  ·  109 reviews
Somewhere in the Midwest, Amy Breis is going nowhere.

Amy has a job she hates, a creep boyfriend she’s just dumped, and a best friend she can’t reach on the phone. But at least her (often painfully passive-aggressive) mother bought her a pink unicorn sweatshirt for her birthday. Pink. Unicorn. For her twenty-seventh birthday.

Gliding through the daydreams and realities of a
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published May 24th 2011 by Villard (first published 2011)
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another sad book from paul hornschemeier.

not nearly as sad as Mother, Come Home, the book that makes most people cry, but more of the gentle sorrow that just permeates all existence. no?? just me, then? kay.

this one is about a girl in her late twenties, drifting. unsuitable men, awkward relationship with her mother, which spans the spectrum of love to embarrassment, crappy job, and a faraway friend who owns her heart.

he does the small internal terrors so well: the judgmental "this guy doesn't li
Diane Librarian
This is a bittersweet story about a 26-year-old woman named Amy who is stuck in a rut -- she doesn't like her job, her mom doesn't understand her and she just broke up with her jerk boyfriend. There are only two things she enjoys: watching a TV show called Mr. Dangerous and talking on the phone with her friend Michael, who moved away to San Francisco. The few times she goes out on a date she is overcome with anxiety and obsesses over mistakes she's made with men.

The cartoonist drew Amy's angst w
Aug 07, 2011 Mza rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommended to Mza by: Nobody
Shelves: 2011
Having enjoyed some of Mr Hornschemeier's previous comix, I was unpleasantly surprised by this timid show'n'tell concerning several weeks in the life of a depressed slacker. Amy, 26, lives with her cat in a one-bedroom apartment in an unnamed city (in the Midwest, says the book's back cover); works in a retail clothing shop in a mall; has broken up with a boyfriend who just wasn't that into her; spends Friday nights watching an Adult Swim-esque cartoon called Mr Dangerous; and is inconveniently ...more
It's been awhile since I read any slice-of-life type comics and this reminded me how much I really love the genre. P-Horn's art is always pitch-perfect and is what really drives this story, which is super relatable. Spellcheck has just informed me that "relatable" isn't a word unless you hyphenate it, but eff that. I think this book is especially refreshing because of the over-representation of the same type of story from a male perspective where a character like Amy's is represented only by her ...more
Miguel Jiménez
RECOMENDACIÓN: Si deseas saber en sí lo que me pareció el libro y omitir la experiencia memorable que he pasado con él, puedes irte hasta el segundo párrafo.

—Esta es la primera novela gráfica que leo de manera física, en mis manos, dándole vuelta a la página, viendo cada viñeta. Puedo decir que me ha servido de mucho. He reconsiderado este medio de expresión apreciando un poco más lo que hacen estos artistas. Más viendo la obra como un objeto, el cual yo hice, una obra personal, con mis ideas y
A dead end retail job.
Lunches with a mother who also has a dead end retail job - in the same mall.
Riding the bus.
Obsession with a snarky cartoon.

This comic captures a moment in the life of a latetwenties woman with no real direction to her life. She crushes on a guy who recently moved away, and occasionally tries to fill the void with casual encounters with strangers.
I liked how the story captured geekiness - though it's depicted with a heavy dose of snark/pity. It also encapsulated how hopeles
Rebecca McNutt
I loved the art, it was brilliant, full-color and original.

What I just couldn't get into was the story - what was the point? It's a long rant from a melodramatic and frankly very spoiled character. From what the book seems to say, she suffering an identity crisis. I got the idea that she was just a twentysomething who didn't ever want to grow up. The constant sex innuendo and scenes in general were annoying; if I wanted to read some perverse sex comic I'm sure I could find a less costly way to d
Joey Alison Sayers
Ugh. This was my second shot at reading a Paul Hornchemeier graphic novel and once again I was pretty disappointed. I guess I just don't see the point. Another comics dude writing about younger woman coming into her own. It feels flat and unbelievable. There was no plot to speak of, the characters were wooden and lifeless, and overall I felt like I was reading something intended to be "thoughtful" and "real" without any emotion or depth to back it up. Somehow graphic novels are given a pass for ...more
Marc Weidenbaum
Oct 13, 2011 Marc Weidenbaum added it
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One of the things that distinguishes comics from text-only fiction is how much more clearly influence bleeds through. You can read Jonathan Lethem's As She Crawled Across the Table and not necessarily note the imprimatur of Don DeLillo. You would be hard put, though, in work even as solid as comics artist Paul Hornschemeier's not to see in his drawings and settings the presence of Daniel Clowes, Adrian Tomine, Chris Ware, James Kochalka, perhaps even John Pham, and others. That's fine, as those ...more
I read this because I really enjoyed Mother Come Home and wanted to see if this author/artist's other works were just as good. Although I didn't like this one as much as the previously mentioned sobfest, I was quite impressed with how poignant and dead-on accurate this dude is about young women. This graphic novel reminded me of the HBO show Girls, and if you're a 20-something chick with premium cable channels, you've probably watched it and thought holy crap, Lena Dunham kinda gets me. Chances ...more
Lisa W.
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There's an emotional payoff, but it happens late in the book. The boredom of working retail and late night tv, of standing up for an underdog who doesn't want to be helped, and dealing with dickish customers-- it's all numbing and meant to be, in order to throw an emotional payoff into higher relief. Fine. But the blanket numbness goes on too long. The main character periodically watches a TV show, but unfortunately this too is soporific and senseless, instead of a parallel narrative. Life with ...more
Aug 18, 2012 Lauren added it
This is at once reassuring and with some reluctance, but I found too many similarities between myself and this young lady. That sad feeling you get when looking at an empty playground, or witnessing another person's quiet embarrassment. Turning 26 and realizing it doesn't mean anything because birthdays are superfluous at this point. Good friends who are too far away. Forgetting how to make art (it's as simple as sitting down and doing it, idiot). This is a less clever, less affecting take on th ...more
Hornschemeier’s Life with Mr. Dangerous is such an accurate depiction of being 26 that I don’t have words for it: the sense of aimlessness and isolation, the desire to not be alone set against the pessimism of past failures, the desire to accomplish something more against the lethargy of daily meaninglessness. Every moment in the comic mattered, building towards something more without losing the sense of sadness and frustrating. I felt, reading this comic, as if I was reading about my life befor ...more
lucy by the sea
How does Paul Hornschemeier (a guy) capture the heart of a 27 year old woman so well? This is suburban malaise at its best. Too much junk food and t.v and conversations with cats is making Amy sad, along with the fact her mum treats her like an 11 yr old and she can’t get in touch with her best friend on the phone. I love the way Hornschemeier draws and I wish this graphic novel came with a soundtrack cos it would be a good one.
Unfortunately, this graphic novel did not impress me very much. The story is boring and the graphics dull. I am sure it will speak to some readers, but a story about a 27 year old woman who can't get her life going and who is constantly depressed is as DULL AS DISHWATER.
Another novel about an insecure, aimless 20-something who jumps from guy to guy while working a meaningless job, only this time she’s also obsessed with a cartoon called Mr. Dangerous. I guess that’s what passes for character development these days.
Amy's just turned 26 and she's just broken up with another boyfriend. After dinner with her mom, she feels worse about being a sales clerk, her best friend/crush having moved away from her, and she's worried she'll never get any further in life than where she is right now.

Woven into Amy's story is the plot of the television show "Life with Mr. Dangerous." In it, Farmer Greg is always after Mr. Dangerous, trying to defeat him. As readers, we're kind of on the outside of the show (as is one of th
Emilia P
Oh, I'M SORRY did I just read this book and was it called EMPIRE STATE. Ugh yo. Sorry -- look, twenty-somethings having trouble finding and holding on to love, I get it! I have been there, and sometimes in my head, I am still there, ok! Full of fear and dread about living and dying alone! But I guess I feel like the way in which it so defines what should be sweet and pleasant experiences, like say, going out for ice cream (oh no, I'm getting fat! no one will love meeee!), eh, no.

Looking back on
Andy Shuping
Amy is a 20-something year old in a dead end job, without many friends, and is suffering from some form of depression. She's just broken up with her latest bad boyfriend and there's seemingly nothing positive on the horizon. And her best friend lives in San Francisco. What's a girl to do? She drowns herself in reruns of a cartoon called "Mr. Dangerous" and trudges through the day to day job, takes care of her cat, and talks with her depressed, divorced mother. people enter her world an ...more
After the first four chapters I was not really into Life with Mr Dangerous. I was not sure what it was getting at, it felt a little too abstract and out of reach and I suspected that it was going to go nowhere. Initially I didn’t warm to the main character of Amy, finding her whiny and self sabotaging. However most people would probably come across like this if you were subject to their innermost dialogue and from chapter five onwards I warmed to Amy and her story. I found the presentation of th ...more
Jenn Estepp
Stumbled on this at the local library and picked it up because of Hornschemeier. What I remembered about him (based I think entirely on Mother Come Home) was: really good, really depressing. This isn't quite on the level of Mother, but it's good and melancholy and filled with the ennui that is appropriate to the story. A very relatable portrait of post-collegiate, What the Hell Am I Doing With My Self life.
Look at me..all reading graphic novels and stuff!

Okay I liked the tone of this one, I liked the way that Hornschemeier gets across the gloomy, depressed, slacker life of the main character Amy. To be honest I had to double check at the end that the author was in fact, not female. He hit so dead on some of the self defeating traps in which women often find themselves.

Amy is a 20-something, slightly depressed, kind of aimless girl who lives alone with her cat, has a friend/love interest who moved
This was in the teen section of the library but I don't know if many teens would like it. I put it back in the adult graphic novel section and the teens can find it there.
I read it in one sitting at work so it's pretty fast. It's also really depressing but that's how life can be at 27 and you work at the mall.
While reading this graphic novel, the thought occurred to me that the main character, Amy, is clinically depressed. Her attitude could be described as 'meh'. She is in a dead end job in retail. She recently broke up with a guy. For her birthday, she gets a gift from her caring mother which Amy doesn't really like. She always watches a certain TV show, even reruns she's seen before.

Amy went on a date with two different guys, and it is as if she deliberately sabotages the possiblity of a nice real
meredith ann
parts of this reminded me of my early/mid-20s, which helped me to enjoy it more than i might've otherwise. i understood the ending and why the author went that direction but it's frustrating that the cure for melancholy for a young woman always seems to be the love of a man.
Slacker girl with dead-end job lives alone with cat and television. I get the existential angst, but merciful heavens, it's deadly to read. More deadly to live, no doubt. But wow, what a depressing, sad, hopeless little book this is. Even the ending doesn't redeem it.
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Amy works in hateful retail, has a jerk for a boyfriend, a sad mother, and an addiction to a TV show in this graphic novel about being a bored 20-something.

Sigh. Amy is in love with a friend but can't seem to tell him. She has a nice cat. She watches a cartoon religiously to distract her from life. Her aging mother struggles to make ends meet. She makes poor choices when it comes to boyfriends, sex, and relationships in general.

Seriously, when I was reading this,"Go cry emo kid!" came on inside
With a similar clean cut to Clowes, Hornschemeier presents small slices of the life of Amy as she searches for purpose and happiness. Occasional lapses into dreamland highlight the clear lens the artist focuses on the hapless protagonist who endures the confusion, frustration, humiliation and occasional glorious moments of her later twenties.

The last section of the book are worth the read.

Suggested for fans of realistic fiction.
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Paul Hornschemeier was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1977 and raised in nearby rural Georgetown, Ohio. As a child he liked to draw, dreaming that he might publish his own comic books one day. While majoring in philosophy and psychology at The Ohio State University, Hornschemeier was introduced to the graphic novel Ghost World by Daniel Clowes and began exploring underground and literary comics. He s ...more
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