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Too Cool to Be Forgotten

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  1,834 ratings  ·  176 reviews

From the critically-acclaimed cartoonist behind Box Office Poison and Tricked comes the delightful 2 Cool 2 B 4Gotten, a story of second chances.

Andy Wicks is a forty-something father of two who's making one final attempt to quit smoking: hypnosis. He's skeptical it will work, but is stunned to find that when he emerges from his trance, he's fifteen years old - and it's 19

Hardcover, 125 pages
Published August 4th 2008 by Top Shelf Productions (first published 2008)
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Aug 18, 2010 rated it it was ok
God, it's a terrible irony of life that the deepest truths can't be expressed without lapsing into cliché.
Ryan Werner
Feb 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
A middle-aged man goes back in time (mentally, due to hypnosis--none of that comic trope time travel horseshit) to high school so he absolve himself of smoking. The presentation made it seem like a sort of 80's high school movie, but there's a feeling of stress and tragedy underneath the whole thing that gives it a bit of depth.

Robinson risks sentimentality very nicely here, swinging back around to the real issue at hand at a crucial point. Some of the longer bits of dialogue get to be a bit su
Derek Royal
Dec 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I mean to read this when it came out, but I just never got around to it. Finally did so in preparation for my interview with Alex Robinson, A significantly shorter work from Robinson -- especially when you compare it to Box Office Poison and Tricked -- but it demonstrates that the artist can master the shorter story form, as well.
Sam Quixote
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it

I'm a bit undecided with Alex Robinson. "Box Office Poison" was really too long and rubbish while "Tricked" had at least more of a story and was about 200 pages shorter. Anyway, I read that his latest "Too Cool To Be Forgotten" was the best graphic novel of the year (2008) and saw it in the library so picked it up. It's a small book, much more so than the gargantuan paperbacks with 400-600 pages in them. It's more like 100 pages in a small hardback book with a cigarette packet cover. It
Melanie Page
Dec 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
You ever notice that 2 stars look really pitiful? According to Goodreads, 2 stars means "it was okay," and that's exactly how I feel about this book. I've never read any of the author's other works, but based on what everyone is saying, I should read those. Too Cool to be Forgotten is a misleading title. Middle-aged Andy Whit heads to a holistic health center to quit smoking. He is hypnotized only to awaken in his old high school. He is again 15--which means that no one forgot him. How could the ...more
Kristen Northrup
Sep 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, own
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A pleasant way to spend a couple hours. The art is more refined, less hurried, than Box Office Poison. There are fewer typos (man, this guy needs to practice his spelling). The story is a bit silly, especially compared to his other realist comics. It's about some guy who goes to a hypnotist to help him stop smoking, which send him back in time to his sophomore year of high school. So, you know... if you're aware of what you're getting into and don't take it too seriously, it can be fun.
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Emilia P
Aug 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-books
I liked this, sorry some of my goodreads friends.
It reminded me of the David Bowie song "My Death Waits". Youth, sex, death, family, such and such.
With Alex Robinson's light/greasy touch.
It was nice to read him in a bite-sized more kid-friendly portion like this, also.
Gary Butler
Feb 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
13th book read in 2016.

Number 364 out of 506 on my all time book list.

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Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Getting graphic novel recommendations from John—yes John Daniello—is essentially your feelings getting a swift kick to their balls.

No warning.

Just, right in the balls.

Thanks, John.
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
Wow. Shut up, I got a speck of dirt in my eye.
Jun 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
A true graphic novella, and probably Alex's best book yet. Well paced mix of high school angst and examination of coming to peace with the past
Matt Graupman
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
For the life of me, I can’t remember if I’ve read Alex Robinson’s graphic novella, “Too Cool To Be Forgotten,” before. As I made my way through the book, I kept experiencing these little flashes of deja vu but I can’t say whether that’s because I had read these pages once before or if Robinson had just really nailed the feeling of being a fifteen-year-old in high school. Regardless, “Too Cool To Be Forgotten” is a smaller story than Robinson’s epic comics like “Box Office Poison” and “Tricked,” ...more
Josh Angel
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was not expecting this petite black and white hardcover to pack such an emotional punch! The book jumps right to the story with little preamble; a man in his 40’s trying to quit smoking goes to a hypnotist, and is somehow sent back to his high school years. Seen through the lens of his older (and wiser) self, his teenage years are both humorous and heart breaking. The last fifth of the book will catch you by surprise, and I was definitely choked up by the end. It does end slightly abruptly, bu ...more
Mar 29, 2018 rated it liked it
After about 100 pages of mediocrity, Robinson pushed the fathers and sons button in the last twenty or so pages of this book and literally had my eyes swelling with tears. Man, the guy certainly knows how to manipulate me.

Premise: Andy Wicks is hypnotized to help him quit smoking, but goes back in time to high school, where he relives several experiences. He thinks he's there to refuse his first cigarette, but there's more to it. Thing is, the first 100 pages, it's fairly rote if you've seen one
Tanvir Muntasim
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
'it's a terrible irony of life that the deepest truths can't be expressed without lapsing into cliché'- quite sums up the emotionally loaded conclusion, though the conclusion is what lifts it above being another over-used 'back to school through mysterious time travel' story device. Robinson has an year for authentic, rambling but interesting dialogue, and that comes into play, but overall a book that rewarded my patience and made me contemplate my relationship with my parents and my children, w ...more
Jun 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
A graphic novel where the main character is hypnotized to help him quit smoking, and wakes up 15 years old again. It's a familiar time travel theme that has been done before. I almost always love time travel stories especially ones like this one, where they get a chance at redemption, or at least the opportunity to change things.

However this is a time travel story where the main character doesn't do anything cool or fun..and it quickly turns into a bunch of maudlin bullshit. Avoid this one.
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
First, I love the cover of this book. I don't often pick-up a book simply for a nice cover, but for this book I made an exception. The illustrations were good, and the story wasn't bad (although a little slow in some areas). It's a mix of teen-angst with middle-age regret... all through the power of hypnosis. I never took up smoking, but there are things in my youth I'd like to have explored alternatives for. And this book (almost) let me live vicariously through that fantasy. 4.3*
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is a quick read about a middle aged guy who can’t quite smoking. He gets hypnotized, sending him back to high school a la Keanu Reeves made for TV movie. This book beats out Keanu.

Enjoyable characters, plenty of humor. A great shot of looking back at your younger you. Quick read that I highly recommend. Can I go to the bathroom now???
Aug 28, 2017 rated it liked it
A tale of accidental time-travel back to high school for a do-over. Nice art. Trigger warning to anyone who has had a parent die of an incurable disease: you will encounter this subject in the third act.
Newly Wardell
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
You dead inside if you dont cry. The ending of this graphic novel will make you you squirt some!
Nov 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, sci-fi

Andy Wicks is trying to quit smoking. He's tried all the standard methods: cold turkey, nicotine gum, the patch--everything. None of them worked, but for the sake of his wife and kids Andy relents to trying a professional hypnotist. Although he doesn't believe it will work, Andy is shocked to find himself transported from the hypnotist's chair to his high school's library, circa 1985. He finds himself reliving his sophomore year, a man trapped in a 15-year
Chad Bearden
Aug 23, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
When reading Alex Robinson, I've found that its hard not to feel something positive toward his characters. They're always remarkably human, and he's never afraid to show you their ugly sides. Andy Wicks, the protagonist of "Too Cool To Be Forgotten" is no different on this fundamental level.

But on the broader level, he's a bit disappointing, in that, he's a bit too steeped in a gee-whiz, golly-gosh attitude toward the plot he's dutifully trudging through. The first half of this work, which follo
Lani M
Mar 08, 2017 rated it liked it
So, If you ever had a chance to go back to your past and relive it, would you take it? Would you change several decisions that shaped the current you?
Tom Waters
Oct 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
The Mulligan Life: Too Cool To Be Forgotten (Top Shelf Productions) by Alex Robinson

High school reunions have a way of bringing out a grand mal mid-life crisis that makes all of the other introspective bumps in the road seem laughable. With his own 20-year reunion looming in a year, Alex Robinson headed his teenage years off at the pass with a fictional blast to the past. Andy Wicks (the central character in Too Cool) finds himself trapped in his former 15 year old body after a visit to a hypno
Apr 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is very insightful because of the way it pulls you into the main character’s life, it is very sophisticated and it makes you think like the character in an unusual way.
The story of middle-aged Andy Wicks’ addiction to cigarettes all started when he took one cigarrette from a group of guys after a party in high school. Although his past did affect what is now happening to him, he is determined to make things right when he is giving the chance to go back in time and realize his mistake
Marcelo Sanchez
Mar 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Volver en el tiempo a la horrible época en la que estabas en el colegio es un cliché. Y es uno del cual debería estar cansado. El clásico hombre mayor dando consejos a los adolescentes, mejorando las vidas del resto al tiempo que descubre algo que hace su vida mejor. Es un cliché. Pero aquí hay algo un poco distinto. Este es un hombre reviviendo sus memorias, repoblando un colegio con lo que recuerda, incapaz de distinguir si todo está en su imaginación o si en verdad viajó en el tiempo.
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Jun 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Robinson's latest was excellent and satisfying. It was also moving and i felt choked up and pained while reading it.

It's a tender tale of strife in adolescence, wrapped in reflection and healing rendered through the metaphor of time travel.

I really enjoy how with his art, most of the time he uses a straightforward and consistent style, so as to not make you conscious of story-telling, but then at key moments employs abstraction and surrealism, to raise a crescendo for emotional crises.

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Alex Robinson was born in the Bronx on 8 August. He grew up in Yorktown Heights, New York where he graduated high school in 1987. His first job upon graduation was washing dishes in a gourmet deli and it was while working there he decided that maybe college was a pretty good idea afterall.

He spent one year at SUNY Brockport and then transferred to an art school in New York City, where he majored