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Life With Mr. Dangerous

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  1,200 ratings  ·  150 reviews
Somewhere in the Midwest, Amy Breis is going nowhere.
Amy has a job she hates, a creep boyfriend she’s just dumped, and a best friend she can’t reach on the phone. But at least her (often painfully passive-aggressive) mother bought her a pink unicorn sweatshirt for her birthday. Pink. Unicorn. For her twenty-seventh birthday.

Gliding through the daydreams and realities of a
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published May 24th 2011 by Villard (first published 2011)
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Jun 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
another sad book from paul hornschemeier.

not nearly as sad as Mother, Come Home, the book that makes most people cry, but more of the gentle sorrow that just permeates all existence. no?? just me, then? kay.

this one is about a girl in her late twenties, drifting. unsuitable men, awkward relationship with her mother, which spans the spectrum of love to embarrassment, crappy job, and a faraway friend who owns her heart.

he does the small internal terrors so well: the judgmental "this guy doesn't li
Jun 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, angst
This is a bittersweet story about a 26-year-old woman named Amy who is stuck in a rut -- she doesn't like her job, her mom doesn't understand her and she just broke up with her jerk boyfriend. There are only two things she enjoys: watching a TV show called Mr. Dangerous and talking on the phone with her friend Michael, who moved away to San Francisco. The few times she goes out on a date she is overcome with anxiety and obsesses over mistakes she's made with men.

The cartoonist drew Amy's angst w
Sam Quixote
Jul 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Amy is a soon-to-be 26 year old retail clerk in a clothes store. She just broke up with yet another bad boyfriend, hates her job, doesn’t really know what she wants to do with her life, and pines for Michael, a friend whom she calls every night because he lives far away in San Francisco. Her only friends are her cat and the TV show Mr Dangerous. That’s right, it’s another instalment of: Sad Bastard Comics!

Life with Mr Dangerous appeared in 2011 at the tail end of the indie-comics boom of the lat
Dov Zeller
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphics-comics
Apparently it is not a day for generous reviews. I worry I'm being a bit harsh, giving more than one two-star rating in one morning. Especially after a beautiful (much needed) rain storm (always lightens my mood.) But here I am, feeling frustrated with the comics I've been reading and for now, giving out some twos.

"Life With Mr. Dangerous" is a bleak, vague, and and not terribly delightful book. It's one of those works that is trying to represent "regular" or "plain" folks, whatever that means,
Aug 05, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommended to Mza by: Nobody
Shelves: 2011
Having enjoyed some of Mr Hornschemeier's previous comix, I was unpleasantly surprised by this timid show'n'tell concerning several weeks in the life of a depressed slacker. Amy, 26, lives with her cat in a one-bedroom apartment in an unnamed city (in the Midwest, says the book's back cover); works in a retail clothing shop in a mall; has broken up with a boyfriend who just wasn't that into her; spends Friday nights watching an Adult Swim-esque cartoon called Mr Dangerous; and is inconveniently ...more
Federica  Guglietta -
L’ultimo graphic novel di Hornschemeier infonde massicce dosi di empatia endovena, da assumere tutte e subito: solo così possiamo capire meglio la nostra vita, specchiandoci in quella di Amy, insicura ragazza del Midwest.
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Jan 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult, graphicnovel
A dead end retail job.
Lunches with a mother who also has a dead end retail job - in the same mall.
Riding the bus.
Obsession with a snarky cartoon.

This comic captures a moment in the life of a latetwenties woman with no real direction to her life. She crushes on a guy who recently moved away, and occasionally tries to fill the void with casual encounters with strangers.

I liked how the story captured geekiness - though it's depicted with a heavy dose of snark/pity. It also encapsulated how hopeles
Joey Alison Sayers
Aug 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
Ugh. This was my second shot at reading a Paul Hornchemeier graphic novel and once again I was pretty disappointed. I guess I just don't see the point. Another comics dude writing about younger woman coming into her own. It feels flat and unbelievable. There was no plot to speak of, the characters were wooden and lifeless, and overall I felt like I was reading something intended to be "thoughtful" and "real" without any emotion or depth to back it up. Somehow graphic novels are given a pass for ...more
Miguel Jiménez
RECOMENDACIÓN: Si deseas saber en sí lo que me pareció el libro y omitir la experiencia memorable que he pasado con él, puedes irte hasta el segundo párrafo.

—Esta es la primera novela gráfica que leo de manera física, en mis manos, dándole vuelta a la página, viendo cada viñeta. Puedo decir que me ha servido de mucho. He reconsiderado este medio de expresión apreciando un poco más lo que hacen estos artistas. Más viendo la obra como un objeto, el cual yo hice, una obra personal, con mis ideas y
Postcards from far away
La vita vissuta a lunga distanza da sè stessi.

Amy ha ventisei anni. La sua vita è è piena di negazioni che, a volte, si impone da sola: ha un lavoro che non la valorizza per il futuro, non le piace e le toglie energie per fare altro quando arriva a casa. Ha una mamma che la considera ancora bambina, la sprona a parlare ma, una volta approcciata al dialogo, è la stessa madre che evita i discorsi della figlia.
La vita amorosa di Amy è abbastanza disastrosa; c'è qualcosa che la blocca interiormente
Aug 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics-gn
It's been awhile since I read any slice-of-life type comics and this reminded me how much I really love the genre. P-Horn's art is always pitch-perfect and is what really drives this story, which is super relatable. Spellcheck has just informed me that "relatable" isn't a word unless you hyphenate it, but eff that. I think this book is especially refreshing because of the over-representation of the same type of story from a male perspective where a character like Amy's is represented only by her ...more
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Not NEARLY as sad as Mother, Come Home (a masterpiece!) but still pretty damn good. Sure, the Clowesian nature of it - the bitterly angsty drifting protagonist, the clean-cut lines and colors, and the realistic surrealism of life - makes it none too original, but I found it oddly relatable. Maybe it's because Amy is just turning 26 and is trying to figure out her life like me. Or maybe it's because she seems to hate people, often having inner torturous dialogue about people around her. Or maybe ...more
George Marshall
Jun 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Everyone has already said it- OK but not great and derivative. All I would add is that the twenty something girl/dreamer/insecure neurotic seeking love graphic novel has been done very much better (with gorgeous art) in the Nao of Brown. And that the retro kitsch story-inside-a-story of Mr Dangerous is now a tired cliche of comics-including Dan Clowes' David Boring, Hornshemeier's other book Three Paradoxes, Brian Fies disappointing Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow and lots of Matt Kin ...more
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ecco, La vita di Mr. Dangerous di Paul Hornschemeier è un Hopper lungo 160 pagine, dai colori accesi ma opachi, dalle pagine ruvide ma sincere, dalla copertina cartonata colorata che è una meraviglia guardarla fra gli scaffali sapendo poi che le sue tavole nascondono segreti e verità che sono noi.
Marc Weidenbaum
Oct 13, 2011 added it
Shelves: comic
One of the things that distinguishes comics from text-only fiction is how much more clearly influence bleeds through. You can read Jonathan Lethem's As She Crawled Across the Table and not necessarily note the imprimatur of Don DeLillo. You would be hard put, though, in work even as solid as comics artist Paul Hornschemeier's not to see in his drawings and settings the presence of Daniel Clowes, Adrian Tomine, Chris Ware, James Kochalka, perhaps even John Pham, and others. That's fine, as those ...more
May 20, 2013 rated it liked it
I read this because I really enjoyed Mother Come Home and wanted to see if this author/artist's other works were just as good. Although I didn't like this one as much as the previously mentioned sobfest, I was quite impressed with how poignant and dead-on accurate this dude is about young women. This graphic novel reminded me of the HBO show Girls, and if you're a 20-something chick with premium cable channels, you've probably watched it and thought holy crap, Lena Dunham kinda gets me. Chances ...more
Lisa W.
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There's an emotional payoff, but it happens late in the book. The boredom of working retail and late night tv, of standing up for an underdog who doesn't want to be helped, and dealing with dickish customers-- it's all numbing and meant to be, in order to throw an emotional payoff into higher relief. Fine. But the blanket numbness goes on too long. The main character periodically watches a TV show, but unfortunately this too is soporific and senseless, instead of a parallel narrative. Life with ...more
Aug 18, 2012 added it
This is at once reassuring and with some reluctance, but I found too many similarities between myself and this young lady. That sad feeling you get when looking at an empty playground, or witnessing another person's quiet embarrassment. Turning 26 and realizing it doesn't mean anything because birthdays are superfluous at this point. Good friends who are too far away. Forgetting how to make art (it's as simple as sitting down and doing it, idiot). This is a less clever, less affecting take on th ...more
Dec 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Hornschemeier’s Life with Mr. Dangerous is such an accurate depiction of being 26 that I don’t have words for it: the sense of aimlessness and isolation, the desire to not be alone set against the pessimism of past failures, the desire to accomplish something more against the lethargy of daily meaninglessness. Every moment in the comic mattered, building towards something more without losing the sense of sadness and frustrating. I felt, reading this comic, as if I was reading about my life befor ...more
lucy  black
How does Paul Hornschemeier (a guy) capture the heart of a 27 year old woman so well? This is suburban malaise at its best. Too much junk food and t.v and conversations with cats is making Amy sad, along with the fact her mum treats her like an 11 yr old and she can’t get in touch with her best friend on the phone. I love the way Hornschemeier draws and I wish this graphic novel came with a soundtrack cos it would be a good one.
Jun 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
Another novel about an insecure, aimless 20-something who jumps from guy to guy while working a meaningless job, only this time she’s also obsessed with a cartoon called Mr. Dangerous. I guess that’s what passes for character development these days.
Sep 10, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel
Unfortunately, this graphic novel did not impress me very much. The story is boring and the graphics dull. I am sure it will speak to some readers, but a story about a 27 year old woman who can't get her life going and who is constantly depressed is as DULL AS DISHWATER.
Trey Piepmeier
Jun 13, 2016 rated it liked it
This was a somewhat fun, quite awkward, quick read. It reminds me a lot of the melancholy real life independent comics I used to be really into in my early 20s. Eightball, Optic Nerve, etc. The coloring was quite nice.
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
Slacker girl with dead-end job lives alone with cat and television. I get the existential angst, but merciful heavens, it's deadly to read. More deadly to live, no doubt. But wow, what a depressing, sad, hopeless little book this is. Even the ending doesn't redeem it.
Roderick Mcgillis
Feb 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Amy is a clerk in a department store. She struggles with life, but with the help of her cat and TV's Mr. Dangerous, she prevails. I like this work. Simple, yet heartfelt and clever.
Jul 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: of-comics
I can tolerate, even love, anti-heroes, but something about characters in Hornschemeier's stories does not sit well with me.

I don't think it's because they are weak-willed, or because they might expose flaws of my own self-denial, but because they seem unrealistic. I don't mind tragedy and surrealism so long as the characters remain pure. Amy loves the TV show Mr.Dangerous and pushes away many men, but she never qualifies to herself or to them, why. This leaves what I think is unintentionally s
Vittorio Rainone
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Rocío Mantis
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Entiendo las críticas de otros lectores, pero personalmente me pareció perfecto. En la versión en español todo cuadra bien. Los dibujos están bien narrados y es una historia entretenida de soledad y miras a un futuro difuso, esperanza de cambiar sin hacer nada y esperar que pase algo. Puede que pase... tienes que leerlo.
Nancy Torres-Guimarães
This was a pleasant read even though I felt like punching Amy a few times here and there to knock some sense into her. She’s not likable at first, but as I read further along, I became especially fond of her. Looking forward to reading more from this cartoonist.
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Paul Hornschemeier was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1977 and raised in nearby rural Georgetown, Ohio. As a child he liked to draw, dreaming that he might publish his own comic books one day. While majoring in philosophy and psychology at The Ohio State University, Hornschemeier was introduced to the graphic novel Ghost World by Daniel Clowes and began exploring underground and literary comics. He s ...more