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Migraine Boy by Greg Fiering
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Dec 05, 09

bookshelves: graphic-novels, 1990s

It took me a couple comic strips to really "get" the deadpan non-jokes of Migraine Boy, but now I think he's amazing. Most of the time after I've finished a book, even if I thought it was a "five star" book, I take it to a used book store or give it to someone I think would like it. I have a constantly rotating set of books on my shelf, with only three or four permanent books remaining long after I finished reading them. For some inexplicable reason, "Migraine Boy" is one of those keepers. I've had it ever since high school, and I still laugh every time I pick it up.

They all consist of Migraine Boy talking to...umm...the other character, whatever his name is. Migraine Boy is curmudgeonly and unhappy because of his constant migraines. His friend is friendly, obesessively so, maybe in love with Migraine Boy. Sometimes, his friend dies in the comic strips. That's about as much as you need to know about the setup.

You can see a bajillion Migraine Boy comic strips just by googling it. But, in case you don't want to go to all that effort, here's a randomly selected but fairly representative strip:

First panel: The friend has a sling on his arm. He says, "Ow, I HURT my ARM, Migraine Boy!"

Second panel: Migraine Boy shouts, "It probably happened because you're an IDIOT!"

Third panel: The friend looks down. Migraine Boy grimmaces.

Fourth panel: Migraine Boy says, "I'm Sorry."

Fifth panel: Migraine Boy says, "I just had to add INSULT to INJURY."

Haha! Pretty hilarious, right? Right?
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