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My Brain Hurts (Comix) Paperback – December 1, 2007

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Book 1 of 2 in the My Brain Hurts Series

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"My Brain Hurts Volume 1 is Baillie’s first collection of her mini-comic, and hopefully it won’t be her last. It’s great to watch her grow as a creator within these pages, but of course even more important is that My Brain Hurts is a solid, good comic. I think everyone at some point in their teen years has felt a little out of place with the rest of the world; it’s easy to empathize with this well written comic, even if your own personal situation might not be the same. I’ll definitely read more of My Brain Hurts."  — Read About Comics

" ... taken as a whole, My Brain Hurts is as a powerful and largely universal examination of what it means to be thrust, kicking and screaming, into the world of adulthood, and perhaps, most importantly of all, it’s a lesson to those in the throes of adolescence, that, no matter bad it gets, if you stick out, you’ll make it out alive."  —The Daily Cross Hatch

"This two book series is about some gay New York punks that are staying true to themselves. They party, go to shows, drink, create mischief and mayhem, and get into trouble. It’s an amazing story that has a heart felt satisfaction. It's a story for the queers, I'ts a story for the punks, It's a story for the outcast, and its a story that every one should cherish. Don't get me wrong this book is not just about being gay. I believe it has a deeper meaning to it. i think it says " Life has it's ups and downs but you got to make you own path to the point ware you're happy."  —Rebellion Pit

"My Brain Hurts is a fine first major work for a cartoonist, ambitious in its emotional scope and resonant in its themes."  —Poopsheet

"For all of the artistic emphasis that accompanies counter-cultural scenes, you’d think a subculture like the world of contemporary punk would have a lot more quality to show for itself. Sure, there have been some great works to emerge from the scene, many in the form of photocopied black and white zines, but when folks echo that long-uttered sentiment that punk is dead, it’s tough not to just nod your head and move on. What once was a vibrant scene generating great works of art has largely been reduced to watered-down whines of boring teen angst and recycled mall punk. This collection of Liz Baillie’s mini-comic, My Brain Hurts, manages to invoke some of the best moments of her “ziney” forebearers, following the stories of young punks in NYC. There are moments that boarder on melodrama, to be sure, but Baillie’s work manages to effectively tap into the ups and downs that are standard issue for the teenage world."  —New York Press

About the Author

Liz Baillie is a cartoonist, illustrator, and the author of the comic series Freewheel. Her work has been included in several anthologies, including The Fall of Autumn, MAULED!, and Other Magazine. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Product Details

  • Series: Comix
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Microcosm Publishing (November 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934620033
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934620038
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.7 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,236,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The first volume of My Brain Hurts tells the story of a group of queer, punk teenagers trying to make it through their formative years in New York City. The story revolves around a small group of characters and their complex, intertwined relationships: Kate, the main protagonist who is struggling with her sexuality, Joey, Kate's queer best friend who enjoys parties and drinking as well as skipping school as much as possible, Verona, Kate's first female romantic interest, and Desi, who becomes Kate's first real girlfriend by the end of the volume.

Using the backdrop of the local punk music scene in New York, Baillie explores the issues of bullying, substance abuse, promiscuity, homelessness, coming out, and the importance of education as we are shown Kate and Joey's lives. Both volumes in this series are quick reads, and Baillie's artwork is very well done. Though not offering much to readers outside of the queer theory or cultural studies backgrounds, these graphic novels do offer a rare glimpse into the psyche of GLBTQ teens during the coming out process while at the same time providing a fun, quirky read.
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I really liked the book and though it took a while to get it in the mail, I was fine with it, considering how far away it had shipped from. The book was in good condition and the price of the book was awesome. Thank you!
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