From Publishers Weekly
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