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Too Cool to Be Forgotten by Alex  Robinson
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Apr 06, 2010

it was amazing
Read from April 06 to 08, 2010

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.

a perhaps unnecessary warning: by the time I was 40 or 50 pages in, I was feeling like it was a bland story about a bland person having generic universal reflections on youth and wondered how something so trite could come from a master of graphic story-telling. a few dozen pages later I felt shamed for my lack of patience. I hadn't been patient to warm up to the character or let the reality of his experience sink in--which was necessary to be in place before the story became unique.

this is an essential read in graphic novels.

as an aside, I was happy to read it got optioned for a film. while i would be shocked if the film gets made or does any justice to the book, i was pleased to know he was getting a fat paycheck for the book. even terrible film adaptions are usually good for a writers career and bank account!
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