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AEIOU: Any Easy Intimacy Paperback – June 28, 2005
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"AEIOU" was painful for me to read, and I think it is because it is showing me absolutely NOTHING new. It's silly things that are played off as "cute" and "spontaneous" that just read as dull and contrived. Where the stories in "Clumsy" were drawn shortly after they happened, the stories in "AEIOU" feel like they were drawn in a lump when it was time for Jeffrey to write a new book. So he returned to the old formula and finally wore it out. It's a drag not being able to empathize with a character that you've empathized with a few times before. In this book, Jeffrey Brown does nothing but be abused by some new girl. It's almost embarassing that he just didn't keep this story to himself, and the fact that he thought it warranted an entire book is frustrating. Or maybe Top Shelf was breathing down his neck and he just churned it out to make them happy.
Fortunately, I think he said this was the last in his trilogy of break-up stories which is a relief. Jeffrey Brown was the one who got me into comics, and I honestly think that "Clumsy" should be read by anyone and everyone. Also check out "Unlikely," his superhero homage/parody "Bighead," and his mini comics, which are pretty great too.
It is definitely a book that everyone can relate to, although I couldn't help but feel like it could've been more finished.
I enjoyed it. It was a quick read. It will make you feel like you and those close to you are a little closer to "normal."
Nothing stands out as "WOW" "Oh my" "Boom" or I learned ...this from the book, but it was an entertaining peek into the window of two other peoples lives and their relationship.
So, it's with no small surprise that I will now saw I really enjoyed ANY EASY INTIMACY. The emotion of this book clicked with me in ways I would have never expected. Brown tells a disjointed, autobiographical story of his relationship with Sophie, a somewhat neurotic graduate student. It's a warts-and-all confession, chronicling their ups and downs as a couple. With no substantial outside narration, there is no blame dropped at anyone's feet, only the reader's reaction to the characters' actions. One feels for Brown as he is repeatedly jerked around, but we also grow frustrated with his often inappropriate responses. Which isn't to say ANY EASY INTIMACY is some kind of downer. Things are good for the bulk of the book as Brown lovingly details the pair's idiosyncrasies and how their relationship is defined by the way those quirks fit together. It's romantic in its own odd way.
There were still hurdles to my enjoying this graphic novel. The art is just as woefully inadequate as I remembered, and it took me about a quarter of the book to get past the "sketchbook diaries" style. Even after I did, I groaned at some of the cloying sweetness of the moments Brown chose to show, which reminded me of cartoon diary pioneer James Kochalka's hamfisted strips about love.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought it used, but when i got it, it looked brand new! I love Brown and his illustrations. I love how true he captures moments, both good and bad. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sammy
This book is ridiculous. If Jeff Brown can write a book--ANYONE can. The art if horrible and the writing MUNDANE ! Don't waste your time.Published on December 5, 2012 by librarynerd
I feel bad for the ex-girlfriends of Jeffrey Brown. These books are awful and boring at the same time.Published on January 27, 2008 by R. James
Part of his "Girlfriend Trilogy", Jeffrey Brown's "AEIOU" explores the subtleties of relationships with emphasis on the differences between knowing someone and loving them. Read morePublished on December 11, 2005 by Midwest Book Review