by Chester Brown
Brown's autobiographical I Never Liked You is about the period of his life where he became interested in girls and vice versa. The tone of the story is cold and distant: we're not meant to sympathize with the characters, and each scene provides just enough information for the reader to get the idea before moving on. People who feel sympathetic awkwardness will be squirming while reading about some of the situations Chester gets into -- I guess I'd forgotten that adolescence could be like that. This is one of those "good comics" that tells a real story; it's worth taking a look at.
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