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Box Office Poison Paperback – May 1, 2001
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The result is startling in its sense of being real and honest beyond even most contemporary literature. BoP covers the gamut of modern urban life - dullness and drudgery and loneliness warring with ambition and hope and longing. By the end of the book, I really felt for each of the characters, even the "bad" ones like Dorothy and Flavor. In fact, part of Alex's gift is that you learn to understand that we are all human and all imperfect. In some, those imperfections prevent people from becoming the best they could be. And BoP depicts this heartbreaking reality all too well.
A fantastic and touching work that will warrant many readings.
On the back cover of Box Office Poison by Alex Robinson, there's a quote that says this book is "completely voyeuristic. This is what it would be like to see your friends behind closed doors." If you're a young, twenty-something trying to figure out what you want to do with your life and whether or not you'll ever find true love (or just get laid), this is the book for you.
Did you ever hate one of your friend's girlfriends? Feel like killing neighbors in your apartment building who don't know how to be quiet? Ice skate with a Costa Rican Olympic figure skater? Then you'll totally relate to the stories in here. This is a hefty graphic novel, over 600 pages (and the only other graphic novel I've seen that had rivaled this length is Craig Thompson's wonderful Blankets), but the story is broken up into chapters. I think this may have been a serial comic that was collected into a novel... I'm not sure. The book does go by fast, though.
Some parts are lighter than others, but there's a serious thread that holds everything together. An aging comic book artist who got gypped out of the rights to a wildly popular character and his journey for justice. The epilogue to this book is a lot more sedate than the rest of the stories and made reading this book completely and totally worth it.
I know it costs a lot, but it is worth it. It'll make a great addition to your graphic novel library.
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The great strength of the book is the Irving Flavor character, a grumpy old comic book artist who draw the NightStalker, then got shafted. There's some great nuances to his character, and a wonderful section about his attendance at a comic convention.
I'd liked the experiments with story-telling styles, with disorganized panels, overlapping dialogue, and out-of sync visuals.
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read only once and very very carefully. the book is in pieces. very bad job by the publisher.