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My Brain is Hanging Upside Down (Pantheon Graphic Novels) Hardcover – September 30, 2008
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One of the most promising young talents in cartooning makes his debut with a dazzling collection–part freakish dreamlife, part quirk-o-rama autobiography, all genius.
Long a fixture in comics anthologies, David Heatley's deceptively crude, wickedly observant drawings have begun showing up on the New York Times op-ed pages and the cover of the New Yorker, introducing him to a vast new audience, Now, in My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down (title courtesy of the Ramones song), we are treated to the full range of Heatley's remarkable, wildly unique voice and vision.
My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down is Heatley's life story told in six different but connected narrative threads. "Sex History" describes every sexual encounter dating back to kindergarten, with details that would make a therapist blush. "Black History" is an unflinchingly honest meditation on his own racism. "Portrait of My Mom" and "Portrait of My Dad" are beautifully paced vignettes, skewering and celebrating his lovably dysfunctional parents. "Family History" tells the story of his family from his great-great-grandparents' lives and closes with the birth of his own children. Woven in and around the larger pieces are "dream comics" that expand on the same themes with a baffling unconscious logic. Every inch of My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down is filled with visceral art and emotionally resonant storytelling at once stunning, truthful, and uncomfortably hilarious.Amazon Exclusive: David Heatley's My Upside Down Brain
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Another reviewer said this book us one you will clutch to your heart or throw out - I wanted to embrace it, but the bad art was a serious turn off. People will think I'm intolerant and like the critics who lambasted the Impressionists, too stupid to understand great art - whatever. I fall into the group who throws this book out.
As an autobiography, the book gives us rare insight into the feelings and experience of another human being. It doesn't hold anything back, and doesn't let us as readers, either. You might put the book down in disgust after the first couple of pages, or read in mesmerized fascination as David alternately destroys and rebuilds his life. In neither case, will you be entirely comfortable. That is good. What David does brilliantly here is hold up the weakness and frailty of the human condition, then show us that it is possible to overcome it to be something more than what we were.
The book is graphic in more than one sense. It is as much about the drawings as the text. They are simple but effective, but in many cases the subject matter is very sexually graphic-about what you would expect in a book in which one section is titled "Sex." He draws his characters as real human beings with or without their clothes. This is one comic book that you don't leave out for the children to see.
As I read through My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down, a theme emerged of needing to ask ourselves the tough questions. What is sex? What is love? Why are they different? Am I a racist? Do I really know my Mom or Dad, or even myself?
For those with an open mind, this book will help you ask these questions of yourself.
Armchair Interviews says: Thought-provoking read.
Divided into 5 sections, the first two were of most interest to the current reviewer (the latter 3 concerned with parents were much less entertaining, and certainly less funny, than the likes of `The Modern Parents' of the British monthly adult comic `Viz'. Blatantly honest in reportage (including sexually explicit illustrations, tho' slightly censored in places, and containing street language unacceptable to many), the first chapter is openly exhibitionist with regards the author/artist's sexual history covering the initial 30 yrs of his life. Different numbers of years are unequally represented over some 100 strips, with some covering as few as a single picture, others more than 10 strips of a page. Continuity is not ambiguous, however, and will be of much documentary interest to both the social and psychosexual historian of the era. The final 8 strips suggest a `coming to terms' with (instead of a `coming out' as some might have expected !Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A book for people who like to read more serious comics. Heatley tells the stories with great honesty and insight.Published 2 months ago by Stig Johansen
Love this memoir, really creative earthy art and wildly personal and interesting stories. Very interesting and honest work.Published 3 months ago by Rhonda
While reading My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down, I guarantee you will laugh outloud, and not necessarily at the author, but at your own circumstances. Read morePublished on February 12, 2009 by Urban Reader
David Heatley comes off as entitled and whiney. He is apologetic, but in a self-congratulatory way, like i'm so noble, that's why it's hard for me, blah blah blah. Read morePublished on December 17, 2008 by maria maria
The excruciating beauty of David Heatley's work lies in its truthfulness, both raw and tender, both harrowing and endearing. Read morePublished on October 17, 2008 by Amy Evans
We've watched David Heatley grow as an artist and as a person, and loved his work as he appeared in the NY Times, the New Yorker and numerous prestigious Comic Journals. Read morePublished on October 7, 2008 by MHH