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I Never Liked You Paperback – February 1, 2002
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Chester Brown is commonly regarded as one of the leading figures of the alternative comics "renaissance" that began in the 1980's. As a cartoonist, he has produced three regular comic book series, Yummy Fur, Underwater, and Louis Riel, and his work has been collected in four books: Ed The Happy Clown, The Playboy, I Never Liked You, and The Little Man. Throughout his career, Brown's work has been known for its diverse and unpredictable nature. His stories have ranged from the absurd surrealism of Ed the Happy Clown, to the deeply personal, understated autobiographical accounts of his youth, to, more recently, the dada-esque, linguistically-challenged oddness of Underwater. Brown has won two Harvey Awards, for Best Cartoonist and Best Graphic Album
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DON'T BUY THIS BECAUSE SOME INDIE-LOVING BOOKWORM TOLD YOU THAT IT'S GREAT. It's not. Much like many other indie comic books, it's just celebrated because it's different, and not because it's of much quality at all.
When dealing with a medium such as comics, you are often confronted with loud, screaming, obnoxious drawing and storytelling. With this book, Brown successfully avoids all that and shows comics can be an artform. Several of the previous reviewers (who mistakenly call this work "overrated" or "bland") should take this to heart. Or, if not perceptive enough to pick up on the nuances of Brown's work, perhaps should just stick to "Batman"...
It might be because many of the things that occur in the story I can relate to, or they resemble what I was like in high school. Though, as most cartoonists are outcasts and that is often shown in their work, this doesn't make a graphic novel that special. Other aspects of the book...his mother, how he dealt with other people, etc....were what really struck me as sad. Yes I've read lots of sad stories in comics, but this one just seem to ring a little truer or deeper. It may be his minimalist approach; this lets you interpret many actions for yourself in that there is not often any definite reason or meaning behind the things that happen. Nor do you really know what's always going on in the speaker's head. These things, for me, made the book much more personal, because I was interpreting the events from my point of view, not necessarily seeing exactly how the speaker was interpreting them.