Funny Misshapen Body: A Memoir

Funny Misshapen Body: A Memoir

by Jeffrey Brown

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Overview

Funny Misshapen Body is the story of Jeffrey Brown's evolution as a cartoonist, from his youthful obsession with superhero comics to his disillusionment with fine art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Drawn with Brown's scratchy, spare, trademark style, Funny Misshapen Body resonates with true-to-life observations on love, fear, and ambition. Through his bare bones graphic style, he reveals his most embarrassing personal moments in raw, intimate detail — including how he survived high school, binge drinking, mild drug experimentation, doomed friendships, and being diagnosed with Crohn's disease.

Ultimately coming to terms with his art and identity, Brown describes the ups and downs of his adolescence with understated simplicity, dark humor, and charm.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416549475
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 04/07/2009
Edition description: Original
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 763,248
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Jeffrey Brown is the author of numerous graphic novels and comics, including Cat Getting Out of a Bag and Cats Are Weird. A lifelong Star Wars fan, he lives in Chicago with his wife and five-year-old son.

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Funny Misshapen Body: A Memoir 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
OtherLink More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of Jeffrey Brown since my friend lent me "Little Things" and "Clumsy". And Funny Misshapen Body is by far one of, if not THE, best he's done so far. If you grew tired of his relationship topics about himself, you'll be glad to know this is more of a memoir from his childhood up to his graduating grad-school than a focus on that (not that I personally minded his trilogy of his relationships, I enjoyed them). Reading this, and LOOKING at this, you'll be immersed. His simple drawing style is wonderful for how he flows the panels together, and the stories he tells are always interesting. Think David Sedaris (but less intent on humor, more on storytelling), but at the same time, don't- Jeffrey Brown is creative and different, and as an avid reader of any good book, I recommend this.
PeanutButter321 More than 1 year ago
I'd only read a few pages of Jeffrey Brown's page in anthologies like the Best American series. Reading his memoir Funny Misshapen Body, which is mainly focused on his love for comics and how he came to work in them, was truly a moving experience. In these pages Brown recounts his first encounter with the world of sequential art, his growing interest in the medium, the ritual of visiting comic book stores, meeting comic book authors, drawing and the art-school environment. Intertwined we also get a glimpse of his childhood experiences with his family, friends and crushes. His drawing and writing style convey a surprisingly refreshing charm and unexpected humor. In a world filled with comics devoted to cynicism, Brown's ability to see the funny side of life is a much welcomed take on autobiographical graphic novels.
MeditationesMartini on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Guy seems to think it's enough to just lead us through his boring life and banal struggles with his art,and not try to make them funny or charming. Occasionally some charm sneaks through despite itself, like his face when he eats ice chips or the biker with the Dutch-themed tattoos who comes in to buy wooden shoes. And a few of his experiences are out of the ordinary (=interesting), like when he gets Crohn's disease. But basically he comes across as one of those c-list nerds that stand mopey and awkward at parties in their big shirts behind their more charismatic leaders.
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Cussing smoking drinking
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Cari Akerley More than 1 year ago
It stinks