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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA (May 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596914769
  • ASIN: B001P80LKK
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.9 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #678,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

It's usually wise for a memoirist to have either an intrinsically interesting life or unusual sensitivity to the meaning of personal experiences. Dawson, unfortunately, has neither. The premise of his comics memoir is, as he puts it, that when I think of Queen I can remember my whole life: he's been obsessed with the British rock band and its late front man, Freddie Mercury, since he was a child living in England, and they're the madeleine that triggers memories of his life's significant events. But he barely explains why they mean so much to him, other than that they rock (Mercury's sexuality is mentioned briefly, once), and his recollections are the common stock of geeky, misunderstood adolescent male cartoonists. Dawson's black-and-white artwork is smoothly paced, fluid caricature in the vein of Joe Sacco or Alex Robinson, and his narration neatly evokes the hyperdramatic worldview of a teenager; some of the individual anecdotes he recalls are amusing, as when he imagines the breakup of Wham! or shows himself as a 10-year-old belting out Bohemian Rhapsody a cappella at a talent show and being hustled off stage. While Dawson rambles at times, anyone who was ever obsessed with a creator will recognize some of the whimsical story. (June)
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From School Library Journal

Grade 10 Up–As a boy in England, Dawson saw the rock group Queen on television; his older brother offered him a cassette of the group's Frankie Goes to Hollywood album and an obsession was born. In his first full-length book, he gives readers a gently nuanced autobiography in which Queen's lead singer, Freddy Mercury; Mike's little sister, Sarah; their grandmother; and of course Mike himself undergo many of life's stunning changes: emotional independence, self-expression, illness, and loss. When the family leaves England to live in New Jersey, Dawson imports his devotion and spreads his enthusiasm for Queen among his new schoolmates. As an adult, he re-creates these early- and middle-adolescent years with candor, sweetness, and emotional insight. His black-and-white images depict highly individualized characters–including the wide-nosed, orthodontics-wearing author–and panels are constructed to great effect. For teens who have found one particular song or singer to provide the theme music for their lives, as well as for budding artists, Dawson's story is, indeed, rhapsodic.–Francisca Goldsmith, Halifax Public Libraries, Nova Scotia
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More About the Author

Mike Dawson is the author of Freddie & Me: A Coming-of-Age (Bohemian) Rhapsody a memoir of his childhood obsession with Queen, Troop 142, a sordid tale of a New Jersey Boy Scout troop away on a weeklong Summer camping trip, and Angie Bongiolatti, a story about socialism, sex, and Online Learning.

Entertainment Weekly called Freddie & Me "undeniably contagious", while the UK Daily Telegraph said it was "Charming, sincere and, above all, expressively drawn". Troop 142 was nominated for multiple Ignatz Awards, including Best Graphic Novel, and was the winner in the Best Online Comic category.

Dawson hosts the comics-related TCJ Talkies podcast at The Comics Journal.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Arigon Starr on August 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
As a long-time fan of the rock band Queen and of the comic genre, what a pleasant surprise to see both elements combined into a terrific coming-of-age graphic novel. Mike Dawson's story is every rock fan's story. He describes his journey from England to America, with every youthful, cringe-filled incident somehow made better by the music of Queen. The artwork is terrific and I admire Mr. Dawson's bravery in telling his life story in painful detail! The book is a must for Queen fans -- there are so many things we've all done as fans in this book (like fantasize about meeting our heroes in person) that are told and drawn with flair and hilarity. I'm looking forward to Mr. Dawson's next book, Queen-related or not!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Josh Neufeld on December 24, 2008
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One of the few autobio graphic novels that justifies being labeled a "memoir." Dawson uses the British rock group Queen as a vehicle for discussing different periods of his unique personal history of growing up in England and moving to the States as a boy. He tells an episodic story in a way that still has the flow of a continuous narrative. Dawson's portrayal of his family dynamics expertly sketches in a sense of everybody's personality -- and the warmth they all feel for each other -- without ever once getting sentimental. The section "Guitar Solo," on the way memory works, is an absolute tour-de-force; it's a textbook example of the singular narrative power of comics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Quelyn on October 9, 2008
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Freddie & Me is an engaging graphic novel intelligently narrating the journey through adolescence of Mike Dawson. Once I started reading it I could hardly put it down & I read the whole thing in 2 days. A lot of parts left me laughing out loud as I could relate. This is a great gift for any Queen Fan, or any one who is a fan of a good graphic novel!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 29, 2013
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Freddie & Me is Mike Dawson’s autobiography framed by his love of the rock band, Queen. Mike lived in England for a few years as a kid, fell in love with the music the first time he heard it, and then his parents moved the family to America where he’s lived since.

I’m a fan of Mike’s podcast, The Ink Panthers Show or TIPS, which he does with fellow cartoonist Alex Robinson (author of Box Office Poison among other comics) where they talk current affairs and funny stories from their lives, ironically with little in the way of comics talk - the show is genuinely funny and I highly recommend it. So I wanted to check out one of his comics as I’ve read some of Alex’s books already, and while I think Freddie & Me is a decent comic, I felt it was flawed mostly for its subject matter.

Simply put, Mike hasn’t lived an interesting enough life for it to be documented in such a lengthy comic. A 300 page book where the only thing of note is the author’s move from the UK to the USA while a kid, and then obsessing over Queen, is not enough to justify or sustain it. I know everyone thinks their lives are fascinating but mostly they’re not and Mike’s certainly isn’t. Honestly, it’s an ordinary life and without anything of particular note that makes it stand out from others.

Take for example, Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, the story of growing up in a funeral home, discovering she was gay, and that her father’s suicide was linked to his own homosexuality which was repressed. Or David Small’s Stitches, which is about the author’s fight against cancer at a young age and rendered speechless through multiple surgeries while his parents’ marriage crumbled around him. These are just a couple of comic book autobiographies that contain unique and fascinating stories that are worth reading about.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By amy on July 10, 2008
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I just finished this book (ahem...graphic novel) and really enjoyed it. I got it as a gift and wasn't sure what to expect. Its a funny, sweet, easy read about how the author related to Queen's music throughtout his life. Anyone who is a Queen/Freddie Mercury fan, or even just a music fan, should enjoy this.
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