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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Willamette Week:

"[A] lyrical elegy to lost youth, the death of modern rock, and the search for something authentic....Rich's novel is full of excellent, spare writing....He lingers over beautifully rendered character descriptions, making even the most ancillary figures vital and relevant....Rich's biggest accomplishment is in capturing an era that ended so softly that many are still wondering how it faded away."

Bookslut:

"It's beloved by those lucky enough to have heard about it... Very highly recommended."

Fourth Rail:

"This is a terrific "coming of age" story that reminds me of Nick Hornby's work. It's honest and raw and incredibly gripping, and well worth a read."

About the Author

Morse is the Eisner and Ignatz Award nominated comics creator responsible for Littlegreyman, Volcanic Revolver, and Soulwind, among others. In animation, Morse has worked as an art director for Universal Studios and Cartoon Network.

Andi Watson was born and raised in the north of England where he loved to draw and read books. It rained a lot. Upon graduating college he realised this was the perfect background for a cartoonist. He has created comics for grown ups and children and those somewhere in between. Occasionally he's been nominated for awards (three Eisners, a Harvey, and a British Comics Awards). He works from home where he should buy fewer books or more bookshelves. He lives in Worcester with his wife and daughter.

Renee French, b. 1963, is an acclaimed graphic novelist and Inkpot Award winner at San Diego's Comic-Con International.

Judd Winick is an award-winning cartoonist and the creator of the comic series "The Adventures of Barry Ween, Boy Genius". He also writes for "Batman", "Green Lantern", and "Exiles", and is the creator and producer of the animated series "The Life and Times of Juniper Lee". He lives in San Francisco.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Oni Press; Gph edition (July 7, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970038704
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970038708
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #813,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this book on a whim. As many of the people who have read it, I first heard of it through Oni Press. And I was not disappointed one bit.

My reaction was surprising most of all to me, since I've made the analysis of literary works my life (and my degree). There's nothing about this book that makes it astoundingly unique compared to all the other coming-of-age novels out there. But that's the beauty of it.

For different people with different experiences, certain elements of this book resonate on a deeper level than can be described. For those who cannot live without their music and all that's connected therein. For those who have the small store job and find happiness just fine. For those yearning away for the "Eternal Girl."

For me, who suddenly recognized a very close friend and was delighted at last to know who he was. I showed my friend this book and he wondered how on earth this author had picked up scenes from his life like they were pennies lying face-up on the ground. He started telling me about concerts he'd driven half the day to get to, fights he'd been in wondering who he was fighting... life's realization. Music. Friendship. Love.

So, for me, up to my neck in all the Shakespeare, Hemingway, and Palahniuk I can stand-- and this is my favorite of them all. There's something about it that just resonates deep inside. I *know* Mason. I know him even better now. His name may not be Mason, but he's got all the bad haircuts and scars to prove otherwise.
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Cut My Hair is written by former Oni Press Editor Jamie S. Rich with illustrations by such noted comic book artists as Judd Winick, Chynna Clugston-Major, Scott Morse, Mike Allred and Andi Watson, with the title taken from the Who song of the same name off of their Quadrophenia album. As I am a huge fan of both comic books and The Who, Cut My Hair sounded like it was right up my alley. Cut My Hair is a smart, well written, coming of age story. It's also about being in love, not only with another person, but with music. Specifically, Punk rock music.

Set in the early 90's, Cut My Hair is narrated by 19-year old Mason, who lives with his best friend Jack. Jack isn't just his best friend, but also his protector and as close to family as anyone he knows, as Jack hasn't spoken to his abusive, alcoholic mother since he moved out after High School. Nicknamed "Jailbate" (incorrect spelling intended) because of his small size and stature, Mason's life consists of working full time at a comic store, going to Punk rock shows and pining away for Laine, his High School crush. As with all things in life, nothing stays the same. Mason's life begins to change, as he meets and falls passionately in love with Jeane. Before Mason can fully enjoy his newfound happiness, an event occurs which sends him over the edge into a deep, alcohol-fueled despair, from which even the music he loves cannot save him.

Cut My Hair, filled with the longing and heartache of teenage angst, explores both the lifestyle and the music of the Los Angles Punk rock scene of the early 90's with authority and affection. Regardless of whether you're a Punk or not, you'll be quickly drawn into this fascinating, often violent world that, in it's own way, is infused with an underlying sense of romanticism, hope and love.
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I find it surprising that no one else has taken the opportunity to express their opinion for this book. I cannot think of a better book that even comes close to the writing style of Jamie Rich.
To paraphrase, "Cut my hair" tells the story of 19 year old Mason who copes in this world through his interests. There's his best friend Jack who brought him out of his lonely shell in high school; his girlfriend Jeane who allows him to open up in unprecedented ways; and most of all his love for punk-rock.
One contributor that must not go unmentioned is Chynna Clugston-Major for her illustrations within the book. I have enjoyed her artwork in her graphic novel, "Blue Monday: The Kids are Alright", and it was a pleasure to have her hand in this Mr. Rich's literary opus.
I must point out that this book is not for everyone. If I had to recommend the appropriate reader demography, this book is geared for the teenage and Generation X population. I say this because the majority of the characters fit within this group, and it's told through the perspective of a 19 year old. Of course that is just my opinion.
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With "Cut My Hair," Jamie Rich has recreated the mythos of the early '90s music scene as seen through the eyes of one who had lived during the time. (No, it's true... there was some good stuff going on back then, though coming on the tail of the Decade of Greed, those who lived during the time are characteristly cynical over any reminder of said years.)

Mason, the narrator/protagonist of the novel, could concievably be a real-life person. None of his insights, emotions, or actions are one-sided. In fact, he most resembles a modern-day depiction of J. D. Salinger's Holden Caulfield, though somewhat more adjusted to the life in which he lives. And a life of glamour and rock 'n' roll it is not! Mason abides with parental apathy, poverty-line conditions, and a super-heated drought-stricken California, while discovering that life holds none of the Hollywood-esque promise made to his generation. In Mason's life of change and uncertainty, the only possession to which he places any trust and security is his leather jacket - his shell.

This book delves into the alternative music scene, and successfully captures its heart and soul. It doesn't apologize for retroactive weaknesses, because it doesn't feel it has to. It's merely presenting a backdrop which is as rich and vibrant as Mason and his inextricable band of friends and associates.

Most of the sporadic artwork contained therein equally displays a good feel for the characters and their times (Andi Watson's efforts especially accomplish this; Judd Winick's, not so much), and give the book a considerable amount of character.

Fantastic book, well-deserving of multiple readings.
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