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SideScrollers Paperback – April 20, 2010
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This book is obviously very influenced by another Oni Press title: Bryan Lee O'Malley's SCOTT PILGRIM. It has that same flavor of storytelling, a similar cast of silly characters amid crazy situations, and taps into hipster (and nerd) culture a bit. But SIDESCROLLERS offers a really beautiful, unique art style through Loux's pencils, and really proves itself to be its own thing (despite the recurring character who is basically Jay from Clerks).
Each side quest the guys go on is really just fantastic, proving that Matthew Loux hasn't a boring adventure in him. This book is full of laughs, demonstrates masterful pacing, and really doesn't allow one to put it down easily. The characters contained within are really fun characters to spend time with too, but it's really the dialogue that makes this title stand out so much. This is probably the best dialogue I've read in a comic in years. It's whitty, smart and just captures the world these characters live in perfectly.
If you hadn't guessed, I loved this book. It really came out of left field to blow me away. I'm not sure I would have picked this up if I'd merely rifled through the book in stores, but trust me, you need to experience this comic. I am extremely grateful for having had the chance to read this book. It's only real fault is that it didn't precede its obvious influences, but I think that if you can take aspects from something and make it your own, with a high-quality finished product, you can't really blame the work. Everything's influenced by something, after all, it's just not usually as easy to point out as with this case.
This 216-page graphic novel is scheduled to ship later this month and should go directly into your graphic novel library. A+" --Comics-and-More
Top Customer Reviews
My only criticism of SideScrollers is that there wasn't more of it to read or other volumes to look forward to reading.
Recommended for anyone looking for a fun graphic novel with a fairly original style and quirky surreal touches.
Set a few weeks after high school graduation, slackers Brad, Brian, and Matt are spending their summer off playing video games and with seemingly no real plans for the future. Whether they're going to college or getting jobs is never really explored, even though it's revealed Brad works part-time at a fast food joint. The story itself shows a productive day in the life of these three geeks. They spend their time arguing about which cereal mascots would win in a deathmatch, collecting action figures, and keeping up their high score on the nearby Street Fighter arcade game. They also have to dodge Brad, the local jock/bully character who is dating Brad's love interest Amber whose only seeing her to win a bet, plus Brian being stalked by the most evil cat in the world. This all leads up to a big party where Brian's brother is playing with his band.
Sidescrollers is a slice-of-life story that would probably make for a lighter-toned Kevin Smith screenplay. The book actually won some young adult readers awards, although it recently came under fire by some conservatives about its profanity and sexual overtones. It's possible that it wasn't fully looked over upon its original release, but it does make for good read for teenage readers and for generic geeks who like a decent story with relatable characters.
I thought that Sidescrollers was an excellent graphic novel because of the natural, quirky dialogue and the way that the pictures and the text work together perfectly. There is some mature content, but nothing that an average teen couldn't handle.
The slacker protagonists seemed like people that I would want to hang out with and their awesome conversations (like which breakfast cereal mascot would win in a fight) made me laugh so hard I was snorting.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a super funny, fast read. Great for anyone who loves comics and video games. Definitely worth checking out.Published on June 28, 2014 by Jessica R Keyt
It's clear that this book wishes to be funny. It's not. Most of it's jokes fall flat. The tranny gag gave me a chuckle but that's about it. Read morePublished on February 14, 2009 by n ahrary
The one part of Sidescrollers I really liked was the two subtlely creepy drawings of Boots, the Demon Cat, when he's first glimpsed under the table. But that's it. Read morePublished on December 12, 2008 by Tina Fields