• Title: A Matter of Life
  • Author: Jeffrey Brown
  • ISBN: 9781603092661
  • Page: 409
  • Format: Hardcover
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    A Matter of Life After the acclaimed indie film Save the Date and the bestselling all ages humor book Darth Vader and Son graphic novelist Jeffrey Brown Clumsy Unlikely returns to the autobiographical work that firs
    After the acclaimed indie film Save the Date and the bestselling all ages humor book Darth Vader and Son, graphic novelist Jeffrey Brown Clumsy, Unlikely returns to the autobiographical work that first made his reputation In A Matter of Life, Jeffrey Brown draws upon memories of three generations of Brown men himself, his minister father, and his preschooler son Oscar.After the acclaimed indie film Save the Date and the bestselling all ages humor book Darth Vader and Son, graphic novelist Jeffrey Brown Clumsy, Unlikely returns to the autobiographical work that first made his reputation In A Matter of Life, Jeffrey Brown draws upon memories of three generations of Brown men himself, his minister father, and his preschooler son Oscar Weaving through time, passing through the quiet suburbs and colorful cities of the midwest, their stories slowly assemble into a kaleidoscopic answer to the big questions matters of life and death, family and faith, and the search for something beyond oneself.

    One Reply to “A Matter of Life”

    1. i got an email the other day:A young child, upon spotting the new Jeffrey Brown book, screams with wide-eyed delight: "OH! Is THIS one of the STAR WARS books???"even kid-phobic me thinks that is adorableever, this is most certainly not one of the star wars books, and would probably baffle a young child expecting to see light sabers and muppet-baby versions of their beloved characters. this is a more mature jeffrey brown than in any of his previous autobiographical graphical novels. no longer is [...]

    2. Well, that was underwhelming. As a "meditation on fatherhood and faith," which is what the back cover promises, A Matter of Life does not really have all that much to say, and as an autobiography it feels a bit shallow and trivial in places. Or does Brown want to tell us that that's just life - no grand answers, no non-stop thrill rides? Maybe, but that point has been made many times before, and more effectively. Still, there are a few nice touches here and there, and towards the end I thought t [...]

    3. Though he does a lot of Darth Vader and Change Bot comics these days, Jeffrey Brown started his comics career doing autobiographical, introspective stories, a genre which he returns to in A Matter of Life. That said, the Jeffrey Brown of books like Clumsy and Unlikely, about being an awkward single guy muddling through relationships is gone. He’s now married and has a little boy, Oscar, and the perspective of being a father makes him revisit memories of his now-deceased father. While the book [...]

    4. It terrifies me to think that it would be difficult to break away from your parent's beliefs. My parents were not religious, so it was easy for me to define my own religious/spiritual beliefs (still ongoing). My parents are also very nonrestrictive concerning my sexual beliefs, so I think it would be easy to tell them I'm gay (if I was, or felt the need to tell them). At one point in the book Brown is listening to a religious tape, "You want gay rights? You have the right to stand before God and [...]

    5. What happens when the son of a minister doesn’t believe in God? How does he relate to his father? How does he parent his son? Jeffrey Brown is a well-known graphic novelist, but until I read this book, I'd never felt the need to pick up his work. I mean, I think I picked up one of his zines once, and I'd definitely flipped through Darth Vader and Son and been mildly amused, but I'd generally come away from his work unimpressed.I'm so glad I was forced to pick this up.Here, he takes on faith, f [...]

    6. Jeffrey Brown’s A Matter of Life is collapsed between the terrifying vast expansiveness of the cosmos. Here the reader is recommended to the laughable insignificance of the human endeavor in the face of such grand celestial emptiness. Between these bookends, Brown recounts several dozen autobiographical moments, beautiful in their mundane simplicity. Each of these remembrances strains against both prologue and epilogue, threatening to undo our sense of how little we really are. We are shown, v [...]

    7. If the name Jeffrey Brown rings tiny little bells of recognition, it's likely because you've at least HEARD of his Darth Vader and Son comic series.A Matter of Life is not anything like, that, though.  It's an incredibly reflective sort of Graphic Memoir (can I just take a moment to acknowledge that I'm so in love with the fact that GRAPHIC MEMOIRS are actually a THING?), featuring Brown's ruminations on his early life in the Church (Proper Noun, yes), and what his life has been like since then [...]

    8. So just read the sort of pieced together, roughly chronological autobiographical collection Undeleted Scenes and liked it a lot. Here, Brown is older, his art seems more "mature," more carefully (is this right? I think it's wrong to call anything he does immature or less than thoughtful, it's part of the intended effect to draw us in, capture us as readers) rendered, with the full color of the Vader books, too This is at times entertaining, which is generally what he goes for, but to call this " [...]

    9. I have only read snippets of Jeffrey Brown's work here and there, so I was unfamiliar with his scenic style until picking up A Matter of Life. The short slices of life he depicts between the book's covers resonate together in an intriguing way. They clue the reader in to both the smallness and grandeur of the universe, and how we learn the most about ourselves, our relationships, and our cosmos by putting the picture together one piece at a time. There's a lot of funny material here, along with [...]

    10. What drew me to this graphic novel was this on the back cover: "An Autobiographical Meditation on Fatherhood and Faith." I guess I expected a more in-depth exploration of those themes, but alas, that is not what I found. Yes, there are faith and fatherhood and growing up memories, told in short story form, and while not everyone has huge epiphanies, I expected a little more than a fortune cookie style memoir. No depth, and I did not like the art either. This will probably be a wonderful treasure [...]

    11. The largest complaint about this book, as far as I can tell, is that it is scatterbrained in terms of narrative, but I would argue this is simply part of Brown's aesthetic. Jeffrey Brown is an "indie" comics artists, which means that his work has often appeared in print in magazines and periodicals and small publication that receive little attention. Still the man has built his own craft and style as a comics artist, and having read him before I knew going into this book that Brown is an artist [...]

    12. Aidan checked this out of the library. He is too prolific a reader for me to keep up with, and it was by one of his favorite authors, so I didn't think twice about it. Then he asked me what _____ meant, and I realized this book is not intended for his age audience.So I read it that night, so I would know what Aidan had read and be able to discuss it with him. Overall, I liked it, though it was a bit disjointed. It led to some great conversations about religion (Aidan thought it was funny that JB [...]

    13. I really like Jeffrey Brown's style and subject matter (religion, fatherhood) but this material came across to me as somewhat disjointed. So it doesn't compare to a really powerful meditation like Bechdel's Fun Home, where her confidence in shaping her material gives it narrative force even when it's fairly nonlinear. However, what Brown has on his side is a welcoming quality to the art (like Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes) and a gift for capturing amusing or poignant moments. So it's very access [...]

    14. Jeffrey Brown's comics always seem to tug at my heart strings in the most perfect ways. It's about parenting which includes having a parent and about god and space and time and it's so powerful and wonderful. I didn't want it to end.

    15. A nice and keen story of loss of faith and being a father. I loved the art and the story, but THE LETTERING WAS HORRID! Please Jeffery, go slower, don't cram the letters, and use a ruler. Recommended for fans of American Elf.

    16. This was very disjointed. I love Jeffrey Brown's work, and the art was still fantastic in this. But the constantly switching of ages and story left me a little confused.

    17. In the last week, I've read two graphic memoirs, "A Matter of Life" and "Why I Killed Peter", both to some degree concerned with religion. Jeffrey Brown grew up with a minister father and as a kid went to church and on 'mission trips.' And then, at some point, he stopped going.To quote Sam Q's gr review /review/show"While the book is a hodge-podge of stories featuring Brown as a kid, his dad, and becoming a dad with a toddler, it’s also about faith, spirituality, science and mortality. Brown w [...]

    18. Una storia molto raccontata, poco montata e poco interpretata. Nessun estro grafico, nessuna trovata degna di nota. Solo il ricorso a un voluto afflato indie che indispone. Non orribile, ma nemmeno tutto questo gran che, considerando soprattutto l'obiettivo di costruire una sorta di romanzo autobiografico di formazione.

    19. This was probably my least favorite of Brown's autobiographical graphic novels. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't the best. It tells of his relationships with his son, his father (a minister), and religion. It was interesting.

    20. Surprisingly disappointing. I usually love Jeffrey Brown's works, but this one just didn't do it for me. While individually the anecdotes were interesting, there are issues with the flow. It was pretty disjointed, and I wasn't really sure which guy was the dad and the grandpa.

    21. I thought that parts of this book were quite beautiful, and I really liked the illustration, but it just didn't hang together as a narrative for me. The transitions could be strangely abrupt.

    22. Chaotic, lazily written script. This is not a meditation on fatherhood and faith. It is just a random series of episodes in the life of the author.

    23. Powerful reflection, in comic form, on questioning faith in the face of an aggressively non-secular world. Cat Power and Neutral Milk Hotel were referenced as well. Excellent read.

    24. Me gusta ver cómo Jeffrey Brown evoluciona en su vida y le preocupan cosas distintas a su arte y a las chicas. En este libro reflexiona bastante sobre su infancia, la familia, la religión y la paternidad. Pero, igual que con Pequeñas cosas, siento que falta un enlace de toda la historia, me parecen relatos un poco inconexos, al margen de tener una temática parecida. Para mí, la historia tendría tres estrellas pero le he puesto la cuarta porque en este libro las viñetas están a color y es [...]

    25. andalittlewine/20When I was first discovering that there were graphic novels out there that dealt with real life, not superheroes and spandex, but everyday life, one of the best books I came across was Jeffrey Brown's Clumsy. That Clumsy was about the difficulties and awkwardness of long distance relationships a topic I know a little about, only made it feel more true.So I was thrilled when the folks over at Top Shelf gave me to the chance to review Jeffrey Brown's A Matter of Life, which comes [...]

    26. Jeffrey Brown tags this book as “an autobiographical meditation on fatherhood and faith” – and it’s an apt description. A series of moments reflecting on both subjects, the book is full of moments of wisdom and humor.A Matter of Life is dedicated to Brown’s father and son, and throughout, Brown teases out moments of poignancy. At one point, he and his brother are sitting down to pizza with his father. His father has filled glasses with ice, but one son drinks out of the can while the o [...]

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