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This graphic novel about three teenage friends is enormous fun. Brian, the genius at video games, Brad the practical joker and the lovelorn Matt work to save their friend Amber from Dick, a bully with sexual issues. But the plot is almost beside the point—the banter among the three friends and the strange things the boys decide to do is so entertaining. "You've gotta figure, Frankenberry is pretty much Frankenstein, only pink," says Brian, as they deliberate the strengths of various breakfast cereal characters. Later, Brad liberates lobsters from a tank in a store, and Brian, who's held the high score at Street Fighter in the local arcade for years, is challenged by a Girl Scout, loses, then reneges on his promise to buy all her cookies and is beaten by eight-year-olds. The characters are drawn in thick, stylized lines—they have a '50s feel, but a thoroughly modern attitude, including lots of insider talk about video games, especially Prisoner of Zelda. "I always thought of Brad as Princess Toadstool," says Matt. The book is wholesome (an antidrinking message), but still entertaining for young teens or those with a sense of humor, even if they don't own a PlayStation. (Nov.)
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"Matthew Loux's new graphic novel from Oni Press, SIDESCROLLERS, follows a trio of slackers who pass their summer playing video games, making snack runs, and finding trouble in any number of places. As the night of an indie rock concert grows nearer, many obstacles get in their way, including a demon cat, a group of blood-thirsty jocks and a gaggle of girl scouts. As Matt longs to make his feelings for the new girl Amber known, he schemes about how to get revenge on the star quarterback dating her and how to make her see him for what he is (basically a jackass).

This book is obviously very influenced by another Oni Press title: Bryan Lee O'Malley's SCOTT PILGRIM. It has that same flavor of storytelling, a similar cast of silly characters amid crazy situations, and taps into hipster (and nerd) culture a bit. But SIDESCROLLERS offers a really beautiful, unique art style through Loux's pencils, and really proves itself to be its own thing (despite the recurring character who is basically Jay from Clerks).

Each side quest the guys go on is really just fantastic, proving that Matthew Loux hasn't a boring adventure in him. This book is full of laughs, demonstrates masterful pacing, and really doesn't allow one to put it down easily. The characters contained within are really fun characters to spend time with too, but it's really the dialogue that makes this title stand out so much. This is probably the best dialogue I've read in a comic in years. It's whitty, smart and just captures the world these characters live in perfectly.

If you hadn't guessed, I loved this book. It really came out of left field to blow me away. I'm not sure I would have picked this up if I'd merely rifled through the book in stores, but trust me, you need to experience this comic. I am extremely grateful for having had the chance to read this book. It's only real fault is that it didn't precede its obvious influences, but I think that if you can take aspects from something and make it your own, with a high-quality finished product, you can't really blame the work. Everything's influenced by something, after all, it's just not usually as easy to point out as with this case.

This 216-page graphic novel is scheduled to ship later this month and should go directly into your graphic novel library. A+" --Comics-and-More
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Oni Press (October 19, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932664505
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932664508
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #352,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Matthew Loux Was born in eastern Connecticut. He attended college At the School of Visual Arts in New York City where he majored in illustration. His first published comic was the graphic novel F-Stop, written by Antony Johnston and published by Oni Press. Matthew then Wrote and illustrated the graphic novel Sidescrollers, also by Oni Press. Sidescrollers was placed as one of the top ten 'Great Graphic Novels For Teens' in 2008 by the American Library Association's YALSA list. Matthew Is currently working on the Oni Press All ages series Salt Water Taffy, of which Three volumes are currently available in stores with the forth and fifth due out in 2011. Salt Water Taffy was listed on the Texas Library Association's prestigious Maverick list of 2009. Matthew does all his cartooning in Brooklyn NY.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Whitt Patrick Pond TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 21, 2015
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I picked up Matthew Loux's SideScrollers entirely on a whim while looking for something else on Amazon. I was able to get a used copy in like-new condition fairly cheaply, and it was well worth the time and the money. I hadn't read anything of Loux's before and so I can't compare it to his other work, but after SideScrollers I think I will definitely check out some of his other work.

My only criticism of SideScrollers is that there wasn't more of it to read or other volumes to look forward to reading.

Recommended for anyone looking for a fun graphic novel with a fairly original style and quirky surreal touches.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Blackmon on April 29, 2010
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SideScrollers is a great indie comic, especially for geeks and gamers. It's dialogue was humorous and filled with nerd humor involving video games and cereal box characters. The situational comedy was like that you would see in a classic comedy film. I would definitely recommend it for anyone into indie comics and who also digs old school gaming or just knows what it's like to just hang out with your friends and just have frivolous conversations about nothing in particular.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bradley G. Starnes on December 2, 2010
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Like most Oni Press comics, Sidescrollers has a style of its own. Not just Matthew Loux's unique(yet amazing) art style, but the great story that goes from nerds going on an adventure to a showdown between good and evil. One of the few comics I have literally had to set down to allow my laughter to pass, this book is great for comic fans and nerds in general.
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Artist from F-Stop and creator of Salt Water Taffy, Matthew Loux, did this one-shot graphic novel hoping to appeal otaku and video gamers. Sidescrollers plays out like Clerks meets Saved By The Bell, but with a serious manga approach to it.

Set a few weeks after high school graduation, slackers Brad, Brian, and Matt are spending their summer off playing video games and with seemingly no real plans for the future. Whether they're going to college or getting jobs is never really explored, even though it's revealed Brad works part-time at a fast food joint. The story itself shows a productive day in the life of these three geeks. They spend their time arguing about which cereal mascots would win in a deathmatch, collecting action figures, and keeping up their high score on the nearby Street Fighter arcade game. They also have to dodge Brad, the local jock/bully character who is dating Brad's love interest Amber whose only seeing her to win a bet, plus Brian being stalked by the most evil cat in the world. This all leads up to a big party where Brian's brother is playing with his band.

Sidescrollers is a slice-of-life story that would probably make for a lighter-toned Kevin Smith screenplay. The book actually won some young adult readers awards, although it recently came under fire by some conservatives about its profanity and sexual overtones. It's possible that it wasn't fully looked over upon its original release, but it does make for good read for teenage readers and for generic geeks who like a decent story with relatable characters.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Wolf on January 3, 2009
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Brian, Brad, and Matt just graduated from high school and are spending their summer days lounging around playing video games and eating Slim Jims and candy. Their peaceful laziness is interrupted by Amber, the cute new girl in town that Matt has an intense crush on. She's dating the school bully, Richard (not so lovingly referred to as Dick), and the guys decide to get off their butts and try to get her away from him. This leads to a hilarious adventure involving vicious girl scouts, a ketchup fight in a mall food court, a cat possessed by the devil, an indie rock concert, and a lot more.
I thought that Sidescrollers was an excellent graphic novel because of the natural, quirky dialogue and the way that the pictures and the text work together perfectly. There is some mature content, but nothing that an average teen couldn't handle.
The slacker protagonists seemed like people that I would want to hang out with and their awesome conversations (like which breakfast cereal mascot would win in a fight) made me laugh so hard I was snorting.
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Was recently put on a banned book list at a local high school...I disagree! This is a high schoolers type of book & I approve! I don't do many comics/graphic novels, but this kept my interest & i enjoyed it! Kudos Matt!
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