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I am Going to Be Small

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  514 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews

Everyone needs something funny to stick in their pocket to read on the train, or on a lunch break, or in line at the DMV. This is that something. Jeffrey Brown sets aside the sappy sentimentality of his autobiographical comics to bring you this subtle and subservise, laugh-out-loud, giant-size Small collection of gag cartoons. Enjoy.

Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 8th 2006 by Top Shelf Productions
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Sep 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Mutherfocking hillarious.
Oct 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I love this collection!
I love the size.
I love the cover.
I love the content.

Proof of it's greatness:
#1. I almost fell to my death when I stepped off a curb without noticing because I was so immersed in this book as I was walking home the oher day.

#2. Despite the fact that I covet sleep, My brother (who is staying with me) and I, keept saying "wait, wait...just one more!" as we re-read through this book the other night.

#3) the comic with the sperm. HA! SUCKA'S you'll have to bu
Dave Riley
Oct 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, humour-satire
This is one of the most consistently funny -- and therefore enjoyable -- comic collections I've read...ever. That is since Kliban died. The comparison is worthy because there's the same edge on offer from Jeffrey Brown.

More personable than Kliban but there is so much good stuff here that he has plenty of space to wander.

You gotta love it. I do of course.

Give me more, Jeffrey, give me more.
Aug 06, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who enjoy laughing
i learned that jeffrey brown and b. kliban have similar humor
also, i re-learned the joys of life through laughter
Maria Rowe
Dec 17, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked this more than Brown’s girlfriend trilogy. About half the comics were amusing, and half I either didn’t get or didn’t think were very funny. I liked the illustrations though and this is worth a look.
Emilia P
Feb 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic-books
I am feeling unnecessarily generous to Jeffrey Brown today. I read this book in the main Takoma Park restaurant, Mark's Kitchen, eating a Kimchee Omelette and drinking 3 cups of coffee. But man, I like Jeff Brown in bite-sized bits better than long mopey stories. One of the best things about him is his sense of humor, which shines through and is more the focus in page-long comics. His major topics: girls, nose picking, problems with religion, loving music, concern about baby-making, generally be ...more
Oct 11, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
I like Jeffrey Brown's stories about his failures with getting girls (although he must be doing better now that everyone he dates knows they will end up in a comic?)

Anyhow, this is just a bunch of little one-liner short shorts. Most of them made absolutely no sense. I made my friend read some to make sure it wasn't just me. He did not get them either. They are like inside jokes. I would recommend this only for people who knew Jeffrey Brown in the 8th grade.
Oct 04, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommended to Elizabeth by: Top Shelf's $1 Sale
Shelves: graphic-novels
I love Jeffrey Brown, so when I saw this in Top Shelf's $1 sale, I had to pick it up. I believe I described this to Shane as 25% laugh-out-loud funny, 50% amusing, and 25% "well, that's a comic". I definitely got my $1 worth of laughs - maybe even $5 worth of laughs? I definitely laughed enough that Shane said "I'm going to have to read this funny book!", though maybe not enough to advocate buying it.
Wes Young
Feb 14, 2009 rated it liked it
Really the rating should be like 2 1/2 stars. The back of the book says this is the definative laugh out loud collection of gag strips, though I found it neither defining of Brown considering other works or laugh out loud, in fact, I barely laughed at all! Some of the stuff is time-stop funny, like, it takes a little time to laugh about them; kind of like a Mitch Hedberg joke.
Apr 28, 2016 rated it liked it
For a collection of comics, many of which were one or two frames, this really kept my attention, made me think, and made me laugh more than I thought it would. I never really thought of a comic in the same way as I think of a stand-up comic until sitting with this collection. I'm intrigued by the creator's mind and wonder about some of his more full-length works.
Aug 11, 2007 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: people in the bathroom
I read this one whenever I was on the toilet. It's filled with one-liner comic strips, many dealing with obscurities and peculiarities, and little (if any) continuity between them. I found times when I laughed out loud, and times where I'd turn the page over and over and not come up with something to laugh about. In a word: quirky.
Apr 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
It's not that Jeffery Brown is a master artist, but I've really come to love his little thumbnail slice of life style. This is, as the cover states, a collection of gag comics, meaning they're flippant, weird, profane, and simply hard to categorize. Enjoying this as a little different side of the cartoonist, having read many, if not most, of his more serious titles.
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I've owned this book since 2007 and it has never not made me laugh. I've laughed so hard I cried. At a one-panel gag! In the last year, it has disappeared from my collection (no doubt stolen by joy-fearing fiends) and I miss it terribly. I suppose these aren't for everyone, but goddamn, these comics are for me.
Jan 17, 2008 rated it liked it
More like I Am Going To Be Cute.

This collection of sketches and one-panel comics is not my favorite Jeffrey Brown (I prefer his long-form comics) but on a cold, crummy day they hit the spot.
Dec 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
just picked this up . . . a quick read but satisfying. what i learned about jb was that he likes to draw things with nose-picking, chubsters, and religion. my favorite strips are those with him and his lady friends. very endearing.
Oct 25, 2013 rated it liked it
A mixed bag of mini comics- I would love to have this on hand to fit in some good laughs during 15 minute breaks at work :)
Jun 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
Meh. Don't know why I read this.
May 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
Only marginally funny and full of boy's club, misogynist-style humor. This one didn't work for me on multiple of levels.
Tim Franzen
Jan 07, 2008 rated it liked it
A fun collection of comics. "Hey kids! It's Roachy!"

Jan 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Too funny, my kind of humour.
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing

And funny!

Jeffrey Brown is entertaining, as always.

I think that's all that needs to be said about this collection.
Apr 02, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Not my favorite collection of Jeffrey Brown's work, but still quirky-funny, and made me giggle on numerous pages.
Apr 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
Just not a fan of gags and short humor i guess. There were a few laughs for me.
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great comic, if you enjoy James Kochalka you'll like this.
Nov 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Mildly amusing with Brown's trademark neuroticism. The collection is a bit all over the place, and I can't decide whether it's a good thing or not.
Apr 22, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: comix
prefer the autobiographies. some of the made me literally laugh out loud and want to tape them on my door. some just weren't that funny. over-all semi-enjoyable though
Jesica Steimer
not his shineyest book. more of a dull primered sort of a novel.
ash newton
Jun 23, 2016 rated it liked it
some of these comics really do not work but it gets by on a flying-by-the-seat-of-its-pants kind of charm.
Nov 13, 2007 rated it liked it
Reading Jeffrey Brown, this is all gags. Most are dumb, some are brilliant.
Feb 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
i hate jeffery brown but i certainly can't hate this book.
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Jeffrey Brown was born in 1975 in Grand Rapids, Michigan and grew up reading comic books with dreams of someday drawing them, only to abandon them and focus on becoming a 'fine artist.' While earning his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Brown abandoned painting and began drawing comics with his first autobiographical book 'Clumsy' in 2001. Since then he's drawn a dozen books fo ...more
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