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Snake Pit: My Life in a Jugular Vein

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Collects years 4-6 of Snakepit; the 3 panel daily autobiographical comic by Ben Snakepit. A partying, record store clerk, rock and roller, and big sweet softy, Ben tours the world with his band, J CHURCH, drinks like a fish, goes to parties, and gets his heart broken over and over when he’s not breaking hearts. The more you read, the more addictive it gets. Includes compil ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Microcosm Publishing (first published June 15th 2007)
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Carrie
Jan 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Ben Snakepit crafts 3-panel days that range from banal to blissful,soul crushing to sublime. Taken individually they are nearly meaningless - a momentary representation of working at a video store, barbecuing with friends, riding bikes or taking a monster bong hit. However, when read as a series the subtle plot arcs emerge from his days and you find patterns in Ben's struggles with his music, his lovers, his city and his many vices. The stories are nearly universal, at least to my demographic - ...more
Meg
Jun 15, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2009
Dull beyond. So repetitious, so plain. I know that's life, but I don't need to read about it for 200 pages.
Lars
Jul 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Came across Snakepit entirely by accident. Well, not entirely. I was feeling nostalgic for the punk rock and punk comix that I was involved in college. While I was never hardcore about the underground comic scene, I loved the annual Fluke Festival in Athens, which turned me onto xeroxed autobiographies, anthropomorphic vegetables, and surreal ink creations.

Snakepit isn't particularly well drawn (its creator and main subject regularly admits as much) nor is it literary piece of genius. What it i
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Shaun
Aug 02, 2008 added it
Recommends it for: people who don't know if they should get all those tattoos they always think about getting
Recommended to Shaun by: Mary Mack!
There's something about these comics that is both fun and unsettling. Ben documents every day of his life with a three panel drawing, so you've already got a guaranteed zine-world classic - what's not to love? Maybe it's too much to take when compiled into a full book. Stripping life down into three panels per day doesn't allow for getting too deep into any one drama or situation, which is, of course, the point. But it's a little much when you start to realize that the last panel of the majority ...more
Peacegal
Oct 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
Imagine finding someone’s daily journal and reading it. That’s exactly the impression of My Life in a Jugular Vein. Sure, there are juicy moments here and there, but the majority is mundane and boring—just like reading a stranger’s journal.

I must say I’m shocked by the author’s stamina and tolerance. This guy is my age –early 30s—and he’s somehow able to attend parties several times a week and get drunk and/or high on a daily basis—even, on occasion, at work. If I lived like that I’d drop dead
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Emilia P
Jun 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-books
Awesome. Snakepit is hardcore addictive. Then I went to a party, then I got drunk, then I looked at the internet, then I went to work, then I ate a tamale, then I went to Minneapolis and I love Minneapolis and then I moved to Montreal really briefly is the basic gist of this. There were a number of girl problems and girls kissed at parties in this book, at one point he was like "I need to stop being so slutty" and I was like YEAH YA DO. But deep down, Ben's a romantic, and a sweetheart, and Flip ...more
Deron
May 16, 2008 rated it liked it
This appealed to the voyeur in me, as well as my inner comic book geek, fan of Jim's Journal, high school skate rat, and twenty-year old self. There's a little bit of something for every facet of my fragmented self.

It's also a great example of how beautiful it can be to follow something simple like three things that you did that day if you do it for an extended period of time. (This dude has drawn this comic daily for at least six years which is impressive given the amount of drugs and booze he
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Chestnut
In these biographical comics, Ben Snakepit documents 3 panels each day from his life as a video clerk/touring musician/bike rider/beer drinker, and many other things. The art, while very simple drawings, in strangely compelling.

One of my favorite accents in this book is the personal soundtrack song listed above each day's strip. The copy I bought from a DIY distro set up at a show also included a comp CD that Ben put together. I'd love to have the rest of the volumes of this comic. This book co
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Mark
Aug 28, 2007 rated it really liked it
Three more years worth of Ben Snakepit's daily journal zine, in the form of a 3-panel comic. He always prefaces Snakepit with the disclaimer that he has always meant for his zines to be read on the toilet, but I think it's best read a year at a time, which would leave a hell of a ring around my bottom... oh yeah, and it comes with a mix CD of his favorite bands.
Rkutler
Oct 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I find Ben Snakepit oddly loveable. I did work at a record store in another era, and did some of the things he did in Jugular, but never toured with a band, which I find brave. Others who admire him have already said what's so addictive about his three panel format: He boldly tells the truth about his life. Authentic to the places been I've (Austin, NM, San Francisco, Portland.)
Kat
Sep 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
On the surface, a charming but repetitive daily comic journal of a punk's life. Dig deeper and it's a (likely unintentional) statement of the basic banality of life despite attempts to alleviate with constant bands, shows, and partying.
Rosetta Rubino
Oct 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Three more years of Snakepit comics. I must say, awesome. It's great to see into the daily life of someone who is leading a life so much different from mine, and one that I find much more interesting.
E. Chris
Sep 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
I like to live vicariously through Ben. I don't get drunk or high almost every night, but Ben does. I don't play in an awesome band, but Ben does. However, we do both fall for people a little too quickly.
Ivan grass
Sep 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is the first comic book I read as an adult. This comic opened my eyes to a whole new world of wonderful, beautiful, violent, hilarious, incredible, fulfilling, and offensive alternative comics! excellent.
Filmnut1983
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A great comic that's honest, funny, and the drawing is kind of crappy but endearing and charming but funny. What I like most is the lack of pretension in Ben's work.
Corey
Jul 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Its hard not to want Ben's life after reading his book.
BRAIN_QUEEN
Jan 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
Funny stuff but kinda sad too.
Timothy
May 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I wish more people documented their lives in comics. Also, I get to eat a burrito and you can see my creative writing class on pp. 216 and 217 respectively.
Mikey Reidling
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the book that started my addiction to Ben's work.
Ryan
Sep 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
it has a really bad drawing of me in it.
amber
Feb 21, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people on the toilet
I learned to finally watch TV Carnage and I am forever grateful to Ben Snakepit for that. Other than that fuck proposing, dude.
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Ben is best known as the creator of Snakepit zine. Snakepit is a comic zine that features a three panel comic about each day of Ben's life. In interviews Ben has cited Jim's Journal by Scott Dikkers, a comic that appeared in The Onion, as his initial inspiration, although Dikker's comic was fictional, while Ben's is factual. Some issues of Snakepit have appeared as a split with zines such as Clutc ...more
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