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  • Paperback: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Oni Press (April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1929998414
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929998418
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,801,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. DOUGAN on March 25, 2003
Format: Paperback
As the synopsis above mentions, `Dumped' is a story of two people, their unusual attachments to possessions, and the impact of these attachments on their relationships. The title can be read in a number of ways - the ending of a relationship, and/or the jettisoning of material possessions. Heck, it even appears in the title of a book in the story. Watson does a nice job of combining the different potential meanings of the title to create a common theme for the book. Each of the main characters collects something: for Binny, it's old books with handwritten notes and other personal touches. For Debby, it's vintage clothing. Each believes that their artifacts have stories to tell, beyond the obvious qualities that might be seen by a casual observer. Binny and Debby recognize the extraordinary in the ordinary (and even ugly) objects most of us would regard as "old junk". Whether they can do the same in human beings remains to be seen, as it seems each is more interested in tapping into the memories of strangers - as expressed in their old possessions - than in creating their own experiences worth remembering. Can they move beyond this to find love? Read and find out...
Watson's spare, economical storytelling shows a full command of the comics vocabulary. The story is expertly paced, never rushed but never lagging. His minimalist linework reduces characters to their emotional essence - he can convey more with two or three lines than many other artists can with a fully-rendered expression. Very pleasing to the eye.
`Dumped' was a disarmingly quick read; it can easily be digested in one sitting. Like any good short story, however, it rewards repeat readings. While it doesn't carry the deepest of philosophical messages, it presents a true-to-life picture of everyday people and their relationships, with a nice thematic overlay. I'd never read anything by Andi Watson before, but on the strength of this, I'll be looking for more of his work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Johanna Draper Carlson on April 21, 2015
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Debby runs a vintage clothing shop, while Binny has a passion for used books. After fooling around at a party, they begin dating and trying to share their lives with each other. They both see stories in their hobbies, in the ways the books and clothes they acquire were changed and used by their owners. They’re very observant of the details of their property, while not noticing the most obvious signs about each other. Their respective passions sometimes get in the way, as do the secrets they keep from each other.

In Dumped, Andi Watson ponders various questions. Is collecting a way to appreciate history and fine craftsmanship, or an escape from dealing with people? Do we own our possessions, or do they own us? Items trigger memories, but they also can become addictions, excuses to avoid troubling personal situations. Things are safe, after all; they never give you as much trouble as people do. Those who are afraid of facing themselves focus outwards instead, defining themselves by what they own. Sometimes the significant other even becomes another kind of possession.

In such a people-centered story, the look of the characters is significant. Watson’s got a great eye for the details of human interaction, and his artwork achieves a great deal with a minimum of simple lines. The images are created with a soft, crayon-like line and rich textures. The faces, especially, are interestingly shaped, with some all curves, some sharp angles, and most combinations of the two. The lack of extraneous detail allows the emotion to shine through, important for a romance, and the variety captures the diversity of humanity.

I enjoy a good modern love story, and this book was even more entertaining to read because of its subtext, exploring the nature of collecting and ownership.
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