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I Love Led Zeppelin Paperback – July 5, 2006

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Following up her Harvey and Eisner-nominated collection Monkey Food with this impressive collection, Forney captures in a few bold, clear strokes of her pen essential parts of her life and those of the people around her. Though these comics have no overarching theme, they fit together seamlessly to form a portrait of some of the joys of alternative lifestyles. The first section is a collection of "how-to" comics, on everything from folding Old Glory at a military funeral to smoking pot without serving time. The how-tos are both humorous and oddly informative, as in diagrams of how to sew on an amputated finger. Forney follows these eclectic but engrossing pages with longer comics, many drawing on interviews. She collaborates with a few well-known names (Margaret Cho, Dan Savage), but Forney's exuberance always acts as a filter to bring the emotion into sharp relief. Some of the most memorable comics are simple exercises in line and form, like "Trapeze," a wordless but graceful view of a woman on a trapeze, armpit hair and all. I Love Led Zeppelin shows Forney's versatility in narrative and artistic style, but more than anything else shows her natural talent as a storyteller. (Aug.)
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“This gleeful book collects a bunch of Forney's "how-to" comics, which are more entertaining than they are practical. For instance, on one page she shows us how to reattach an amputated finger—we may never need to know this information, but it certainly makes an awesome comic! I love Forney's bright colors, high energy and seemingly boundless well of ideas. This big book could make a good gift, too.” (Whitney Matheson - USA Today)

“Forney composes big, beautiful scenes, sometimes sketching whole narratives in a single panorama.” (The Stranger)

“Sweet, funny, and refreshing. ” (Trina Robbins, author of From Girls to Girrrlz)

“Forney's pro-bisexual politics and endearing drawings have been benefiting the renowned Northwestern alternative weekly The Stranger for years... Don't miss her fishnet stockings, either.” (Girlfriends)

“This mixture of openness and strength makes her work... extremely powerful and relatable, and probably very necessary for your bookshelf.” (Largehearted Boy)

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books; 1st Fantagraphics Books Ed edition (July 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560977302
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560977308
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,287,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Cartoonist Ellen Forney is the author of NYT bestseller Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me, and the 2012 "Genius Award" winner in Literature from Seattle's The Stranger. She collaborated with Sherman Alexie on the National Book Award-winning novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, created the Eisner-nominated comic books I Love Led Zeppelin and Monkey Food, and has taught comics at Cornish College of the Arts since 2002. She grew up in Philadelphia and has lived in Seattle, Washington since 1989. Ellen swims and does yoga, and fixes things with rubber bands and paper clips.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kerry Walters VINE VOICE on April 28, 2008
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There are certain expectations that you bring to different authors and artists. When it comes to comix, for example, you go into a reading of R. Crumb knowing that he excels at exploring the inner landscape. If you read Harvey Pekar, you know that he's going to take you to a richer appreciation of the quotidian. Art Spiegelman's work, you know, will hit you in your moral gut.

But if there's one thing that stands out about Ellen Forney's work, it's that it doesn't lend itself to easy expectations. Sometimes she comes across as a hip, cool, punk. At other times, she seems like the girl next door. One minute she's an incredibly sexy, excitingly creative avant gardist. The next she's a chronicler of the mundane. There's very little that's predictable about her work, and that's part of what makes it so intriguing and so illuminating.

In I Love Led Zeppelin, Forney presents her work in 4 different categories: "How to" guides ("How to Be a Fabulous Fag Hag," "How to Tip Your Server," and "How to _____ a Woman with your Hands"); More Short Comics, including the hilarious and poignant "The Light Snow Became a Blizzard," "Walking with Carol," and my favorite, "Wednesday Morning Yoga"; '92-'94, with "My Date with Camille Paglia" leading the pack; and Collaborations, with themes ranging from star-struck fans to sexual coming of age.

Forney's artwork is clean and incredibly expressive given the minimum of pen strokes she uses. She has a good eye, both for drawing and for focusing in on the funny, joyous, alarming, and profound moments hidden away in the stuff of everyday life. Like Harvey Pekar, she sees the deep significance in what's too often dismissed as insignificant.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tyler C. Robinson on January 19, 2007
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It's funny and informative. I reattached my own severed finger with the help of one particular cartoon.
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