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Kiss and Tell by MariNaomi
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Nov 28, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: autobio-memoir-diary, graphic-novels-comics
Read from November 24 to 28, 2010

Artist MariNaomi, one of the bright lights of the Bay Area cartooning scene, lays bare her checkered romantic, sexual, and relationship past in this delightful 330 page graphic novel/coming-of-age memoir that reads as quite intensely personal but also universally true and relatable. The author starts out detailing such formative experiences as "The Most Beautiful Penis I've Ever Seen" and on through childhood crushes, her deflowering and other teenage sexual and drug experimentation (all of which reads as a saga in itself), moving on through her early wild twentysomething years before reaching that sense of peace & contentment that only comes through hard-won, live-and-learn experience. MariNaomi's Manga-influenced drawings are full of charm and wit, and she especially shows off her cartooning chops in the longer pieces, such as the dark, psychedelic "The Blackout" (a real highlight) and the bittersweet "Jason" (her first real love). I read Kiss & Tell slowly to make it last but when it eventually concluded, as all thing must, it was in such a way that I was left with a big smile on my face. Brava, 5 stars.
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Robert It is fabulous - loving it! But I have to put it down now to get to Thanksgiving dinner, oh poo!

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