My Brain Hurts: Volume One

Book Reviews | Feb 4th, 2009

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Author: Liz Baillie
Publisher: Microcosm Publishing
Genre: Mini-Comic
Pages: 0
Retail Price: 0.00
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This is a great, well-packaged collection of the first five issues of Liz Baillie’s affecting zine/comic.

My Brain Hurts follows a group of gay and lesbian high school kids as they clumsily seek sincere relationships and support each other through difficult and sometimes bleak situations (gender identity, parents, school, skinheads..).

The backdrop is punk rock – as in many of these stories, punk rock isn’t so much the soundtrack for alienation and conflict, but a life-saving escape from it. While the illustrations themselves aren’t terribly sophisticated, the narrative excels at conveying the joy and heartbreak of finding one’s way through a shitty world. That’s something anyone – punk or not, queer or not – can relate to.


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