I took a long break between reading Vols. 1 & 2 of SexCrimz, thinking it would continue in roughly the same tone. It turns out I forgot most of thI took a long break between reading Vols. 1 & 2 of SexCrimz, thinking it would continue in roughly the same tone. It turns out I forgot most of the antagonists presence, roles, names, etc., and there wasn't really a recap in this volume. But the details of "Two Worlds, One Cop" arc are nearly inconsequential in this book compared to the focus on mental health struggles.
Personal disclosure: I finally started seeing a therapist a couple months ago. After 8 or so session hours, they had listened to me open up a lot, but hadn't given me any direct prompts/suggestions/homework, as that isn't their preferred method. I was struck hard by how, in just a few panels of this comic book, we see an obscenity-screaming protagonist fire his long-term therapist, meet a new one in the food court of a mall, and is given good, helpful reminders and assignments before their first official appointment. I felt my expression mirror that of Jon's in that scene: jaw dropped, reminded of wisdom already known (that our brains are organs in need of flowing red blood cells and our bodies' health are integral to psychological issues, so getting regular exercise is damn important), and the welcome shock of getting productive feedback in addition to an open ear, and in a way that doesn't overextend itself to projecting, diagnosing, or prescribing things willy-nilly. The next day, I shared this comic book scene with my own therapist and it helped me ask for some structure and similar prompts that I feel I need in order to remain accountable to my desires for myself. Phew. That's some real heart-opening in this hurr comic book review, but it's appropriate because Sex Criminals demands authentic examination of common struggles that "civilisation" has deemed impolite or taboo.
Fraction and Zdarsky's Sex Criminals is one of the most *important* comics being made, even though it's not full of great diverse representation or fast-moving, compelling action....more
The two strengths of this book that stood out to me the entire way through were its brutal honesty and its use of visually busy fantastic (in the sensThe two strengths of this book that stood out to me the entire way through were its brutal honesty and its use of visually busy fantastic (in the sense of fantasy or magic[al realism]) enhancements to complement the autobiographical narrative.
Growing up in a family so consumed and exhausted by the countless attempts to cure their eldest child's illness causes many complex and hard-to-admit emotions and side effects. David B. shares his memories and feelings of contempt, empathy, pity, love, and hate beautifully.
His manner of explaining his own art and story-telling methods by way of self-psychoanalysis is brilliant. The various ghosts, monsters, and warriors that border and populate every panel make sense within the context of his trials and coping mechanisms....more
The second of Bechdel's memoirs is not nearly as engaging or entertaining as Fun Home, and I'm sure it wouldn't have been given such a grand release iThe second of Bechdel's memoirs is not nearly as engaging or entertaining as Fun Home, and I'm sure it wouldn't have been given such a grand release if it had come out first. There are so many things about Bechdel's life that mirror my own, and I happen to be quite interested in accessible but academic essays on child development, dream interpretation, therapy, and psychoanalysis, all of which are included in this book. I believe Bechdel wrote this book (and Fun Home, really) more for her own personal growth than for the aim of satisfying an audience, and I'm ok with that. I would like to give this 4 stars but based on the number of times I felt bored with it and put it down for a few days to read other, lighter and more action-filled comics, I think it's a 3-star read for me. That said, I'm hoping to get my own mother to read both Are You My Mother? and Fun Home, and I'm not sure which order I should prioritize them into....more