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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Middle-aged Melancholy

Sometimes we imagine the worst possible scenarios when meeting someone new, then the one awful situation we didn't think of is what actually comes to pass. This is somewhat the story in Daniel Clowes' Mr. Wonderful. You may be familiar with his quiet, quirky characters from Ghost World, and they too could inhabit the world of Marshall, the titular character of this particular piece. Clowes has a way of using 1950s romance comics, gay erotic romance, and boring everyday life to create an interesting version of our own reality. Instead of wondering what might happen, Clowes explores many possibilities and offers some laughs in what might otherwise be a bleak drama about a middle-aged man whose luck in relationships has just about run its course. Fleeting moments of joy scattered throughout immense embarrassment make this an engaging graphic novel not to be overlooked.

Today I am happy to announce that I have a galley copy to giveaway to one lucky reader. All you need to do is comment below with your thoughts on the best format for romantic fiction, and be sure to leave your email so I can contact you if you win!

If you don't win, but still want a copy, be sure to visit Pantheon Graphic Novels to purchase.

Love and peace,



  1. I think the best format for romance anything is to show the attraction, let it build really slowly and simmer and when you know both characters (and all the readers) just can't take it anymore then and only then let the romance start. Also, I think that sexy is so much better than trite mushiness and the really hot romance literature has always been sexy but understated. The 50's are probably the easiest years to make a romantic character believable, as every adult now is simply more informed and jaded. There ya go, my opining ends here and thank you for the chance to win I hope I do!


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