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BOP! More Box Office Poison Paperback – December 14, 2003

2.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
Book 2 of 2 in the Box Office Poison Series

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Even the 608 pages of Box Office Poison (2001) couldn't contain all of Robinson's comics about a set of postcollege friends in New York City. Here are 60 pages more of them, along with "Flat Earth," an excerpt from a graphic novel forthcoming later this year, "assuming," says the credits copy, "Alex gets off his lazy ass." The comfortable, razzing tone of that plaint chimes with the humor of Robinson's stories, which would be at home on network, let alone cable, TV, or on the American big screen, except that it probably isn't gross enough. The characters being young and in relationships, sex and love loom large in the stories, with work and play filling in the rest of the script. The occasional flight of fancy--a Star Trek daydream, or one character's transformation into Satan when he is temporarily appointed floor manager at work--seasons a classic life-in-the-city sitcom continuum that Robinson draws in the manner of, say, Alison Bechdel's Dykes to Watch Out For. Ray Olson
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: IDW - TOP SHELF (December 14, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1891830465
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891830464
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,209,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alex Robinson was born in the Bronx on 8 August. He grew up in Yorktown Heights, New York where he graduated high school in 1987. His first job upon graduation was washing dishes in a gourmet deli and it was while working there he decided that maybe college was a pretty good idea afterall.

He spent one year at SUNY Brockport and then transferred to an art school in New York City, where he majored in cartooning. Among his teachers were Will Eisner, Andre LeBlanc, Sal Amendola and Gahan Wilson. In his sophomore year he got a job at a bookstore, where he continued to work for seven long years.

After graduating from art school, Alex began doing mini comics (small print run comics xeroxed and stapled by himself). He soon started working on the story that would become his first graphic novel, Box Office Poison.

In 1996, Antarctic Press started publishing the serialized version of Box Office Poison. The series ran for twenty-one issues, and once the story was complete, Top Shelf Productions published the entire thing in one 608 page book. Shortly after the book was published, Alex won the Eisner Award for Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition.

Although Box Office Poison was nominated for several awards (a Harvey, an Eisner, an Ignatz and the Firecracker book award) it failed to take home a single prize. Pathetic. Alex bitterly got to work on a second book.

2005 got off to a great start when the French translation of Box Office Poison won the prestigious Prix du Premier Album award in Angouleme, France. August finally saw the release of Tricked, which Top Shelf announced was going to a second printing in November.

In 2006, Tricked lost the Eisner Award for Best Graphic Novel, but managed to win a Harvey and Ignatz Award. This year also so Astiberri in Spain release both of his graphic novels in handsome, one volume editions.

Alex has expanded his storytelling to include fantasy, with the release of Alex Robinson's LOWER REGIONS (2007), the time travel/high school drama Too Cool to Be Forgotten (2008) and an adaptaion of L. Frank Baum's A Kidnapped Santa Claus (2009).

He currently lives in New York City with his wife Kristen and their pets, Krimpet and Wrigley.

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Format: Paperback
Two-star reviewer clearly didn't read the description. It's 60 pages. How can anyone expect this length to compete with the 600-page tome that is Box Office Poison? It's practically a brochure in comparison.

The Amazon copy makes clear what this is: little stories (like B sides) that didn't quite make it into the main book. I'm not sure why—maybe they were written later or maybe the editor decided they didn't work within the main book—but they're written with the same Alex-Robinson charm. Witty, flawed characters, goofy, and painful. They fit nicely into the BOP universe. I just wish they had been integrated into the main book, because I'd be curious for the timing in relation to BOP for some of them.

Don't expect the depth and heartbreak of BOP. It's too short for that. Just enjoy the chance to revisit.

Or join my campaign to ask Robinson to write another tome....
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"Box Office Poison" is a great, big, wonderful book with a strong story line and interesting characters. "BOP!" is a slim book of brief episodes with the same characters. As a book, qua book, it doesn't compare, but if you enjoyed "Box Office Poison", you'll like these stories, too. Don't you want to know what happens to them in a cybernetic future? Flashbacks to high school? Brief, terrifying brushes for Managerial Authority?
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i really loved Box Office Poison and Tricked. Alex Robinson was a genius.
now after reading this mess i am really disappointed.
the book takes place during the Box Office Poison plot but characters behave differently, you can see things that could not have happened, logic went bye bye.
if you loved Box Office Poison (like me) do yourself a favor and skip this book. this way you can remember Box Office Poison as a masterpiece.
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