Amil Lgeal Lgeal itibaren Usari, Uttar Pradesh 232103, Hindistan
Slightly more inconsistent than his brother's 80s-alt-comics magnum opus--it took him time to find his voice--but far more dear to me. This is the one I'll pull out at midnight and read till dawn, the one that has me missing a youth I _wish_ I could have lived, despite how clearly he paints its downsides. These multiethnic sexually various growing-up punks and their friends and their Archie-gone-wrong relationships are more real to me than some of my actual friends, and every time I read the later portions I see all the compromises of age bearing down on me. Hopey Glass and Maggie Chascarillo are best friends at first sight, sometime lovers and often furious with each other or not speaking at all (for hundreds of pages at a time), and yet it's clear that on some level, however much they grow apart they've made too much of an impact on each other's lives not to need each other. Hopey (anglicized version of Esperanza) is the cool-beyond-words punk looking to storm the music world--and then the art world--but somehow finds herself whirling away on an endless tour to nowhere. Maggie is a storm of anger and unrequited emotions and eating habits but has never put on a facade in her whole life, and it's impossible not to fall for her gigantic--if wounded--heart, even as the missed opportunities keep racking up. His drawing style is effortless, everyone is overflowing with personality, and nobody writes a cooler universe--nor do many tear one down with such pathos.
Prologue (through Knight and Squire); Knight's Tale Prologue (to end); Miller's Prologue and Tale; Reeve's Prologue and Tale Nun's Priest's Tale and Epilogue; Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale Clerk's Prologue and Tale; Franklin's Prologue and Tale You know, ish.