*I bought this book from the Strand bookstore in New York when I was there for BEA. They have a great graphic novel/comics section. (Pubbed by Drawn & Quarterly, indie comic pub)
My love affair with comics and graphic novels began late in life when I realized superheros and such were much more psychological in nature than I ever thought. I sped through some standards and then left off for a time. Since then, though, I have tried to pick one up when I can and am always looking for more suggestions…hint hint. I picked this particular book up because, I mean, come on, it’s about a high school reunion and the author’s experiences there. This is pure gold.
So Pascal’s gal ain’t going anywhere near his reunion. I can’t say I blame her. How fun can it be to go to a significant other/spouse’s reunion? If you dread it, you can be sure your partner will. Then Pascal’s high school crush emails him to see if they should meet up, and he tries to be all suave and dood-ish. (You know, “dude” except not as cool.) He starts jogging, starving himself, and shopping so he can impress said former crush and the “losers” at his reunion. Because Pascal is an artist now, so surely he’s not one of the losers? Yet minute by minute he makes himself a bit more of an ass until the reunion is a total disaster. (I promise I’m not giving anything away.)
Reunion is seriously like watching the person in the next car over pick his nose. You can’t stop looking, but it’s so. darn. awful. Pascal sticks his foot in his mouth all over the place, and the more he tries to act cool, the more everyone sort of hates him. Pascal, on one hand, wants everyone to change, yet he hasn’t changed all that much and is still the chubby, insecure guy he used to be. When Lucie, his crush, doesn’t show, Pascal is beyond ready to get the heck out of dodge and return to his post-high school life.
This was a great diversion, and honestly, I think I need more GNs as a palate cleanser between heavier books. While yes, many GNs are very serious, the visual nature of them is a relief in a lot of ways. A friend suggests I should try out Grenuord Number 1 by Francesca Ghermandi. Any other suggestions?