Hey, this is like reading St. Elmo's Fire... in comic book form.

Some popular movies in the past have been based upon a relatively simple premise: take different people, all connected in some way, and then watch the ups and downs. Reality Bites, Singles, any John Hughes movies. There isn’t too much going on in the plot department but it’s a lot of fun to watch. This book was a lot of fun to read.

On the back cover of Box Office Poison by Alex Robinson, there's a quote that says this book is “completely voyeuristic. This is what it would be like to see your friends behind closed doors.” If you’re a young, twenty-something trying to figure out what you want to do with your life and whether or not you’ll ever find true love (or just get laid), this is the book for you.

Did you ever hate one of your friend’s girlfriends? Feel like killing neighbors in your apartment building who don’t know how to be quiet? Ice skate with a Costa Rican Olympic figure skater? Then you’ll totally relate to the stories in here. This is a hefty graphic novel, over 600 pages (and the only other graphic novel I’ve seen that had rivaled this length is Craig Thompson’s wonderful Blankets), but the story is broken up into chapters. I think this may have been a serial comic that was collected into a novel… I’m not sure. The book does go by fast, though.

Some parts are lighter than others, but there’s a serious thread that holds everything together. An aging comic book artist who got gypped out of the rights to a wildly popular character and his journey for justice. The epilogue to this book is a lot more sedate than the rest of the stories and made reading this book completely and totally worth it.

I know it costs a lot, but it is worth it. It’ll make a great addition to your graphic novel library.

If you would like to know more about Box Office Poison, check out the website.

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