Too Cool to Be Forgotten
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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.
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???
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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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He spent one year at SUNY Brockport and then transferred to an art school in New York City, where he majored ...more