This is my favorite acquisition from the excellent Alternative Press Fair, and thats saying quite a lot. There’s a lot of really good comics coming out (notable among them James Nash’s excellent long comics) dealing with mid twenties anxiety about getting old and the pressure one puts on oneself to have a good time. In this the hapless hero goes through the motions of pub, party, bed and TV, at every turn experiencing a sense of melancholic hollowness as his attempts to have fun are thwarted by a succession of idiots and pointless misfortunes. Its brilliantly executed and perfectly paced. I’m not sure that Smith realizes how good it is as he spends the last page appologising for the narcissism implied by using his own life in his writing. Which of course is more or less what all good writing isimg404


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