- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: Oni Press (December 12, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1929998171
- ISBN-13: 978-1929998173
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #751,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Blue Monday, Vol. 2: Absolute Beginners Paperback – December 12, 2001
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"The interactions and reactions are very real and very touching; being a teenager is hard, especially when they start thinking about whether friends might become more than just friends."
Top Customer Reviews
Clugston-Major's cartoony, Japanese-inspired art style is easy on the eye, although at points the characters look too similar to fully tell apart... but the confusion is usually quickly dispelled by taking a closer look at their dialogue; each of her charactes has a unique voice and personality that comes through clearly in the writing. And her characters are all very likable and charming--one might say that she has the making of an American Rumiko Takahashi!
One interesting note, to me at least, is the fact that the book is referred to as a "teenage sex comedy" on the back. Huh? What's a "teenage sex comedy"? If it's something along the lines of "American Pie" or "Porky's" then I think the marketeers failed to do "Blue Monday: " proper justice. Clugston-Major is never has to resort to the sort of crude humour that marks those films--even if her characters are hilariously foulmouthed at just the right moments. The characters populating "Blue Monday" are like the kids *I* went to school with, and therefore nothing at all like those found in "American Pie" and the like.
I highly recommend "Absolute Beginners," as well as the first volume in the series, "The Kids Are Alright," which revolves primarily around Bleu and her best friend Clover's quest to attend an Adam Ant concert.
Creator/Writer/Artist Chynna Clugston-Major does her usual great job of making the kids seem like real people, and her art hops effortlessly from semi-realistic to ultra cutesy, depending on the situation. Absolute Beginners is a true joy to read. And Bleu and Clover are babes!