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Romance graphic novel about a bunch of Brooklyn teenagers at the turn of the 60s. A death, and the well-meaning interference of a fresh-faced young social worker, are the plot catalysts: heroine Rhonda’s conflicted desire to get out on her own terms is the underlying story. Charming and very readable stuff, with a solid sense of character underneath the pulp-romance melodrama. Occasionally skewed perspective and shifting character appearances (the dudes especially) are balanced by some great cro
You know those movies from the 1960s that are all pointed bosoms, covert ciggies and dirty dancing with boys who favor slicked hair and switchblades. Cautionary tales. Second base bookended by car races. Where a lesser-known character is sacrificed to present a life lesson:
“Hey, girls. Don’t get all whack from the flask and try nightswimming at Coney Island.”
So starts Ellen Lindner’s charmingly — I’m not sure “campy” is exactly the right word, but it’ll do in a pinch — campy graphic novel “U
It took me far too long to read this – I kept falling asleep. And I can’t figure out quite what the problem was. The story was a little wooden, but not terribly so.
Honestly, I think the main problem I had with this book was the quality of printing. This would have been SO much better printed in color — but more than that, the inside pages look like a bad Xerox job. It bugged me, but more than that, I think it aesthetically flattened the story.
It WAS really interesting to get a sense of what l