- Paperback: 608 pages
- Publisher: Top Shelf Productions; 3rd edition (May 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1891830198
- ISBN-13: 978-1891830198
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.6 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #661,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Box Office Poison Paperback – May 1, 2001
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I can understand why people compare it to 'Strangers in Paradise', but I will hastely add that it's not the same kinda book in its entirety. Where Strangers in Paradise almost exclusively focuses on relationships and what comes with them, Box Office Poison takes a wider view and handles everyday life of a certain group of people in it's entirety. WITH relationships, but also with (in)security issues, finding out what to do with your life, gaining perspective on it and REALLY see how a personal life evolves (where it is a little romanticized in most comics in this 'genre', even Strangers in Paradise). The main point is that nothing happening in it is in any way forced. It's what comes and goes. Very relatable.
A storywise introduction: Although the story is about an entire group of people there are two characters, the friends Sherman and 'Ed', around which everything evolves, the red line if you will. Sherman is just out of college, wants to be a writer, but for now works in a bookstore as a clerk. The shy and insecure Ed wants to become a cartoonist. Along the book you'll witness the ups and downs, recognizable joys and annoyments (funny if you're into sarcasm) and relationships being made and broken. Various things happen like for instance: Ed trying everything he can to gain some confidence, honesty and loyalty (or lack off it) in the comic industry, people assuming things they 'heard somewhere' and only seeing how somebody means something to you when he or she isn't there at the time.Read more ›
I read through this intimidating heap of pages pretty quickly. There's something funny on virtually every page, although there's also tragedy and drama. The book's strong points are the characters and their dialog. A few of the characters seem unlikable, when they're introduced; but by the end of the story, I liked all of them (except the psycho murderer, maybe). At the end, I felt relieved for some and sad for others. Those I liked best at the beginning weren't in all cases the ones I liked best near the end.
It's a book that makes you think hard about people you know or knew, and about how you yourself appear to other people. An impressive accomplishment, I think.
On the back cover of Box Office Poison by Alex Robinson, there's a quote that says this book is "completely voyeuristic. This is what it would be like to see your friends behind closed doors." If you're a young, twenty-something trying to figure out what you want to do with your life and whether or not you'll ever find true love (or just get laid), this is the book for you.
Did you ever hate one of your friend's girlfriends? Feel like killing neighbors in your apartment building who don't know how to be quiet? Ice skate with a Costa Rican Olympic figure skater? Then you'll totally relate to the stories in here. This is a hefty graphic novel, over 600 pages (and the only other graphic novel I've seen that had rivaled this length is Craig Thompson's wonderful Blankets), but the story is broken up into chapters. I think this may have been a serial comic that was collected into a novel... I'm not sure. The book does go by fast, though.
Some parts are lighter than others, but there's a serious thread that holds everything together. An aging comic book artist who got gypped out of the rights to a wildly popular character and his journey for justice. The epilogue to this book is a lot more sedate than the rest of the stories and made reading this book completely and totally worth it.
I know it costs a lot, but it is worth it. It'll make a great addition to your graphic novel library.
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