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Love Is Hell Paperback – November 22, 1994
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Of the "Hell" books (and they are all as funny as hell) I like this one the best. There are plenty of Groening's signature chart cartoons, where he fills out a panel with "The 9 types of Boyfriends" or my particular favorite "The Teenage Guide to Crime and Punishment" which includes the Crime of Teenage Pregnancy with the boy sulking "I only put it in a little" and the girl simultaneously saying "We're in LOVE!"
And then there is "Akbar and Jeff" --two crazy guys in fezzes, and Groening's poke at small business with his "Hut" chain of stores like Tofu Hut. (not sure if that one is in Love is Hell, but there are plenty more.)
I must've bought at least 6 copies of this because I keep giving it away as presents. It's really, really funny. If you think Groening was just "Simpsons" and then dropped off with "Futurama (what's with THAT?!) then you might be pleasantly surprised by his cartoonist abilities.
Love is hell is the book you pull out when you think love isn't going to happen because after reading it and thinking a while you realize...maybe love is hell. By the creator of the Simpsons before he hit it big this is a one of a kind book that will have a place of honor in your home. Just don't lend it out because you'll never het it back! Do you want to laugh really laugh than buy this book unless your in love....than well wait awhile eventually you'll need to buy it.<g>
Alas...I may actually buy the most recent edition, since from what I read here it has some added material from my original copy; More "Love is Hell"??--ooh, baby, gimme more! Or I could just splurge and pick up "The Big Book of Hell" which has all the original "Hell" books (this one included) compiled under one complete cover. I had to snicker when I saw under "people who bought this title also bought titles by..." and saw the name of David Sedaris! Well, of course! Anyone who appreciate's Matt's warped sense of humor and doesn't know about David Sedaris should do an Amazon.com search for "Sedaris, David". They are kindred spirits in the world of "dark" humor. Love 'em both! Remember JP Sartre's dictum: "Hell is other People". A philosophical truth--but Matt Groening shows how funny this truth can be.
I love the subtitle to this: A CARTOON BOOK, as if Matt Groening were downplaying the truth behind almost every page in his book. This is hardly "cartoon" material: every page takes a very mature look at pitfalls of relationships and turns them into hilarious results! And Groening is an equal-opportunity skewerer: men, women, straight, gay, everyone gets it. And the great thing is to see a little of yourself in here, and have a good laugh at that too.
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Great book arrived in "Excellent" condition although reported to be in "Very Good" condition. Read morePublished 19 months ago by CaliFemme
this s*** is awesome. it takes me right back to my childhood. reading these comics back then and thinking my family was so perfect. we showed them! lol. now we are all split up. Read morePublished 21 months ago by gerinaround
Thoose of us old enough to remember Matt Groening's eraly work (pre-simpsons) will find that the font used in this book is too small, hard to read.Published on May 19, 2013 by Washington Veteran
I love Matt Groening's Life In Hell series for the truths he tells about people that I never saw in comics before I saw his books. Read morePublished on September 21, 2007 by M. Cloutier
it's a cartoon, the 22 stages of heartbreak.... love having it to map my progress, till I'm "ready for more abuse"Published on February 23, 2006 by P. Brian Duffy
It is not that the idea that "Love Is Hell" is news to anybody; after all, there is a sense in which the phrase is redundant and repetitive. Read morePublished on June 5, 2003 by Lawrance Bernabo