More horror than parody, I had expected TBIFOS:SDDTI (Okay I'm never using that again) to run somewhat similar to John Dies at the End (or the wonderfMore horror than parody, I had expected TBIFOS:SDDTI (Okay I'm never using that again) to run somewhat similar to John Dies at the End (or the wonderful JDATE) in terms of its comedy and insanity. Instead, it's more the 28 Weeks Later to JDATE's 28 Days Later. That's not a condemnation mind you, it's just written more as a light zombie-like story rather than a whirlwind of literary chaos.
The humor is centered mainly in the narration than in the plot itself (aside from Benny Hill-style attempts by the characters to rescue one another), so jokes are delivered in a stream-of-consciousness way similar to many Cracked articles. Strangely, it remains that way until the ending, which drove me into laughing fits and concerning my landlord to my state of health. Anything that makes my landlord concerned gets extra points from me.
Even though it was a light read, it was gripping to the point where I lost sleep, so if you're looking for bags under your eyes or reading under your sheets with a flashlight like it's sleepover camp, well there's that....more
When I was young, I tried several times to read comic adaptations of my favorite cartoons. After being disappointed with the Simpsons aOh my goodness!
When I was young, I tried several times to read comic adaptations of my favorite cartoons. After being disappointed with the Simpsons and Animaniacs comics, I was a little hesitant getting into Adventure Time, even with ALL-TIME-FAVORITE-COMIC-MAN-AND-CLASSY-DOOD RYAN NORTH at the literary wheel of this COMIC BOAT.
The most impressive feat is the combination of sticking to the Adventure Time delivery and flow while maintaining a very Ryan Northian voice. Heck, there were panels (that worked!) where you could remove all the characters and replace them with T-Rex and Utahraptor. I think I should try that with post-it notes and see what happens. Also, the inclusion of Tony Millionaire-like tiny sub-comics at the bottom of pages felt like a SECOND ENTIRE COMIC BOOK THAT WAS JUST THREE PANELS LONG! What a value!
Do I have any reservations toward recommending this? If you haven't seen any of the show, I doubt much of it will make sense (sense in the Adventure Time context, you know what I meant), but then why are you even reading reviews based on the comic? Similarly, there are a few callbacks to specific episodes or very very minor characters, so missing a few episodes may mean 1 missed joke out of twenty billion. That is an estimated number of jokes in this volume. I lost count after 1.5 million....more
Summary: A collection of crazy stories from a top-notch comedian, told with a fascinating amount of emotions felt during the unfolding of the story anSummary: A collection of crazy stories from a top-notch comedian, told with a fascinating amount of emotions felt during the unfolding of the story and in retrospect.
I had heard of Chris Gethard and this book from a number of podcasts that he had appeared on (Bullseye with Jesse Thorn and maybe either Improv4Humans or Marc Maron's WTF?), but absolutely had to pick this up after seeing his appearances on IFC's fake game show Bunk and then finding his public access show The Chris Gethard Show. And I'm glad I did.
I've read a number of memoirs recently and have found that the better ones weave each story with the emotions felt during that time. This is an exceedingly difficult practice (at least for me) since I have enough trouble remembering the pieces and events of moments, let alone my likely shrouded and confused emotions at the time. Not only does Chris Gethard do this, he also includes reactions of the people present in a given story after sharing it with them, as a way to further demonstrate the people in his life.
There were silly moments of recollection since I currently live in New Jersey and can recognize a number of landmarks. I finished the book while getting my oil changed, hitting the section on road-tripping across the country and the soothing impact of driving down Route 202. I turned around in my Jiffy Lube seat and presto! There it was! I didn't even have to imagine anything! Similarly, a buddy of mine lives across the street from the Loew's Theater on Route 1 in New Brunswick, forcing me to read his passage to the locals about how working there is for people who (paraphrasing) hate themselves, but are too cowardly to commit suicide....more
At one point, someone explains to the main character, Milo, that he'd make a terrible protagonist for a novel. At this moment, I am unsure if this amoAt one point, someone explains to the main character, Milo, that he'd make a terrible protagonist for a novel. At this moment, I am unsure if this amount of self-awareness is enough to save the novel.
The Ask is a novel of frustration and anger. It flirts with the melancholy long enough to become modern-day noir, just to be harshly whipped back into pages of sheer rancor. Milo emulates the voice of many friends I have had where their anger and self-loathing tears them apart to a point where only they are blind to it. I've had to cut ties with my best friend from childhood because of this and I wasn't excited to revisit those tensions. Old friend, I tried. Milo, I tried. The Ask, I tried. There's something beautiful in the three of you, but the insanity in showing that beauty to the world is just too taxing....more