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Great review. This was really a fantastic book.

OK, I'm going to see your confessions and raise your pot by contributing my embarrassing confessions:

1) I'm a true virgin. Virgin as in "I've never had sex." People can draw whatever conclusion they want, I don't care. I'm saving myself for marriage. Believe it, don't believe it, don't care.

2) I'm smarter than I let on, but not as smart as I secretly think I am.

3) I still care about the welfare and happiness of every woman I've ever dated.

4) I honestly didn't care about my appearance in high school. I used to have shaggy 70's hair, big glasses, and I wore superhero t-shirts.

5) I'm a sucker for Neal Diamond written songs. I'll sing along to them with as much gusto as I can every time I hear them.

6) I like professional wrestling. I know it's juvenile and superficially silly, but I enjoy the drama and I enjoy watching young people pursue a foolish dream with passion.

There! Whew! That felt better! I'm sure some babymen haters will take that info and reply to everything I say on-line with, "Your opinion doesn't matter because you admitted you're a virgin!" Hey, have at it guys.

Hey, Nina, have I mentioned that I really, really like your writing? Because this is a great example of how good you are; funny, insightful, and perfectly fitting with the spirit of the site. I always say this, but keep it up.

Me, I'm looking forward to reading this at some point (along with Night Witches, which I assume Tucker has informed you about), because I love Garth Ennis' war comics. Now you've just got me more excited about it. And in case you didn't know already, Ennis is Irish, so his use of British slang is at least partly authentic, but probably also partly a bit jokily stereotypical. It's kind of one of his standard things.

Hmm, typepad apparently ate my comment, but I was giving mad props to Nina for some good writing. Well done, ma'am.

And I also expressed excitement at eventually reading this comic, because I love Garth Ennis war comics. And if Tucker hasn't told you about Night Witches, you might be interested in that one too. Also, Garth Ennis gets some leeway on British accents because he's Irish, and I think he uses them half-authentically, and half-jokingly. That's sort of one of his things.

Damn, I hate trying to re-type comments from memory. It sounded better the first time.

Well, now I look silly.

That's because you are silly, Matt! You and your "This review was based on a complimentary copy provided by the publisher!" How dare you disclose when someone sends you something to review? lol

Now I feel silly about my confessions! I was just trying to play along with the spirit of the review, but it looks like I'm the only one!

Good review, Nina!

You have a point about the dialog. I just dismissed it as dated because slang changes over the decades. But it could be “Mayberry Syndrome”, where the dialog is a little over the top for comedic purposes. Also Billy’s dialog could be annoyingly cheerful to cover up how messed up he is.

Well I better confess something to stick with the theme: My mom gave me money to buy food, because I’m really broke at the moment, and I used it to buy stocks in various financial organizations.

I just finished this one, and I pretty much agree with you wholeheartedly. Ennis is at his best when he's doing character stuff.

Hey Matt, Kenny and Janna -- I just want to thank ya'll for all the comments and compliments. It means a lot to me.

Kenny, I love that you "ante upped" with confessions of your own. And the actual confessions are fantastic. Your honesty is impressive.

Janna -- I think you're confession is really interesting. I mean, I think your parents might even be proud of you for that one.

And anyone else want to join the confession game? Come on! It'll make you feel good....

Oh David! I didn't mean to leave you out of the Thank You. I'd accidentally deleted your name in my attempt to edit my comments.
So, a personal thank you to you for reading and commenting. !!

Sorry, Kenny, I couldn't think of any good confessions. How about, "I'm not wearing a bra right now either"?


I confess that I have exaggerated so many of my stories that I don't have any idea what the truth to these stories even is. Like when Tucker and I fed pepper and various spices to an infant that we were babysitting. Did I do it? Did tucker do it? Did it even happen?

Best comment ever, ben stone.

So, what about the microwaved cat?
Or the "euthanized" hamster?
Any possibility that any part of those stories aren't true?

(Please, God, please, let those stories not be true....)


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