• Title: Life of the Party
  • Author: Mary Fleener
  • ISBN: 9781560972617
  • Page: 116
  • Format: None
  • Life of the Party Most everyone has heard the phrase sex drugs and rock and roll But sex drugs rock and roll and comics You bet In a gloriously straightforward manner Mary Fleener illustrates her oftentimes decad
    Most everyone has heard the phrase sex, drugs, and rock and roll But sex, drugs, rock and roll, and comics You bet In a gloriously straightforward manner, Mary Fleener illustrates her oftentimes decadent social experiences in this complete collection of her autobiographical comics work The tableaux she weaves are a candid take on the party scene of Southern CaliforMost everyone has heard the phrase sex, drugs, and rock and roll But sex, drugs, rock and roll, and comics You bet In a gloriously straightforward manner, Mary Fleener illustrates her oftentimes decadent social experiences in this complete collection of her autobiographical comics work The tableaux she weaves are a candid take on the party scene of Southern California, but what is most distinctive isn t her storytelling it s her art She has developed a unique style that she calls cubismo a blend of underground comix and cubism She uses this style to convey changes in mental states specifically, changes in the subjective fields of experience whether from anger, frustration, or drug use A truly remarkable achievement.

    One Reply to “Life of the Party”

    1. I continue my sudden and intense 90's graphic novel nostalgia-fest by revisiting this stellar autobiographical collection, regrettably Mary Fleener's only book to date. Her "Cubismo" cartooning style is instantly recognizable and uniquely her own, and her lively documentation of 70s & 80s southern California's sex, drugs & rock 'n roll scene as she experienced it is totally captivating and all of a piece. It works beautifully.

    2. Just when you think comics (or graphic novels) tend to wallow in self indulgence and pretentiousness, along comes a delight such as Mary Fleener.Visually stunning with her penchant for her own 'cubismo' style of art work Life of the Party is a reflection on time and place captured in a mix of anecdotes and memoirs. Plenty of drug taking but then it is autobiographical after all. Unlike so many male comic memoir s we are spared sex life obsessions.Instead we get strong stories of seemingly real p [...]

    3. I liked this OK. My expectations were higher though. Even though mostly written in the late eighties and early nineties, it felt a lot like the Underground Comix of the late sixties and early seventies, with the focus on sex and drugs and such. My standards are very high because of Julie Doucet and Jennifer Camper and so many other women in comics I have been reading now, but, I expected something more feminist.That said, I really like the visual style. Mary Fleener uses a cubist style to show s [...]

    4. I really did enjoy this graphic novel. I enjoyed the insane art style that got progressively more fucked up the more emotional or high someone got. It was amusing and honest without being overly emotional. It didn't hit me on the same level as some comics but I still really enjoyed it. Mary while being a hippie and hanging out in Southern CA and marrying a surfer still showed that subcultures are much alike. The stories were vaguely chronological, starting with Mary as a young girl and then gett [...]

    5. Considering this as a gift for someone so I decided to reread it after all these years. Still in love with Fleener's art work, and still get all tingly inside with her Southern California references (Palos Verdes represent!--kidding). Best loved story for me was the carrot dream of '91.

    6. Fleener's very distinctive artistic style ("cubismo" is her word for it) and ability to tell a good story come together in this volume of her short autobiographical pieces. The best stories in the collection tap into the particular (and peculiar) culture of Southern California.

    7. Oh my GAD I enjoyed this so much - everything I like in comics/graphic novels! Intense blacks and whites/ink work, autobiographical, drugs/sex/partying/weirdness/70s/80s/90s/surfing/hippies blablabla! So good, holy hell.

    8. this graphic novel knocked me on my ass! i loved it so with the revolutionary drawings, and enjoy it each time i read again.

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