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David Chelsea in Love Paperback – October, 2003

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The latest entrant in the crowded field of autobiographical comics artists has produced one of the most substantial efforts in the burgeoning genre: a graphic novel in which Chelsea chronicles his tempestuous, two-year, off-and-on affair with a frustratingly neurotic actress as well as the many other romantic and sexual encounters he and she had along the way. Chelsea's careful, controlled graphic style, derived from comics masters ranging from pioneer Winsor McCay ("Little Nemo") to contemporary warts-and-all caricaturist Drew Friedman, belies the casualness with which his characters pursue their lives and loves. His storytelling skills are even stronger--genuinely astounding, in fact, considering that this is his first sustained work in comics. The book differs from most autobiographical comics in its avoidance of first-person narration or interjections in the author's voice upon unfolding events. That subjective viewpoint is what generally provides the frisson in autobiographical comics from R. Crumb's to Joe Matt's. Chelsea's eschewing of the device leaves the events and characters themselves, as well as the artist's treatment of them, to hold our interest. And hold our interest Chelsea-the-objective manages to do brilliantly. Gordon Flagg --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Reed Graphica (October 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594290040
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594290046
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #815,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Christina Gail Smith on June 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
I picked this book up at used book store for $5.00 the other day not knowing anything about the artist or the storyline. As an aspiring aritst myself and hopeful graphic novelist I found it very inspiring. I love how the characters are no sugar coated. Not even himself. He's not a hero and the people who come in and out of life during this time aren't all villians either.

I've learned a lot by reading it this is style is amazing. A great read at whatever price I think this is really wroth it.
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Since this is apparently based on real life, finding the plot improbable is probably unfair. But I did -I found it no suprise that David Chelsea is addicted to All My Children- the entire plot of the story resembles a soap opera, with everyone having sex with one another. Several characters (especially David and Minnie) I found extremely annoying. David, as he protrays himself, seems to think entirely with his member, and Minnie is arrogant to the extreme; considering herself more emotionally mature than others while actually being more infantile and petty than David (her frequent target).

Aside form that, it was a kinda cool story. I especially like how it was most definately set in the 80s ( for instance, a character dismisses her partner's question on whether he should wear a condom because she's "not fertile at the moment", wheras nowadays wearing a condom would be a mater of choice). Also, since I'm an Oregonian, it was cool to see Portland as a major location for the story. OREGON RULES!
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I discovered the second of four issues and spent a few months in 1993 finding the other three in comic shops throughout southern Michigan. Few searches have been so well repaid. It's one of the few things that truly recall and personify its eras--the universal optimism of the talented 20-something, the sense of personal freedom of the early 80's and the willingness to publish any comic of the early 90's. "David Chelsea in Love" may be the ultimate love-horror comic, but it's also a time machine that I find myself using more often as the age it captures fades.
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Loved it would buy from them again
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