When I'm Old and Other Stories

When I'm Old and Other Stories

When I m Old and Other Stories New York based cartoonist Gabrielle Bell brings together for the first time thirty five stories from the popular Book of series plus several extra short comics displaying the broad range of Bell s s

  • Title: When I'm Old and Other Stories
  • Author: Gabrielle Bell
  • ISBN: 9781891867439
  • Page: 176
  • Format: Paperback
  • New York based cartoonist Gabrielle Bell brings together for the first time thirty five stories from the popular Book of series, plus several extra short comics, displaying the broad range of Bell s storytelling and cartooning talent Her fiction includes Book of Black, a story of Kate, a pretty young rhinopasty assistant who encounters happy go lucky street people, a laNew York based cartoonist Gabrielle Bell brings together for the first time thirty five stories from the popular Book of series, plus several extra short comics, displaying the broad range of Bell s storytelling and cartooning talent Her fiction includes Book of Black, a story of Kate, a pretty young rhinopasty assistant who encounters happy go lucky street people, a lascivious landlord, vapid co workers and Trent Reznor on her descent into madness Amy was a Babysitter takes a sweeter tone in which the wanderlusting heroine spins captivating tales about a world she imagines to be outside the small town she wishes to leave The Fairy Tale About the Wicker Chair, is an adaptation of a Herman Hesse story about a self styled young artist whose furniture will not sit still long enough for him to sketch it Anatomy of the Heart attempts to discover the source of and the cure for broken hearts Bell s autobiographical tales feature the author as an eccentric old lady, a five hundred foot tall woman, in England, in Mexico with a baby, and being charmed and hypnotized by colorful San Francisco characters.

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    I really loved this Gabrielle Bell book, so much more than I appreciated Lucky. As you may guess from the title, the book is a series of short illustrated stories (comics), several of which reference other works by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Hermann Hesse, D. H. Lawrence, etc. Most of the stories are pretty surreal and fantastic. I really liked the "anatomy of a heart" near the end, but I am a sucker for overwrought, tender emotions. The story about the lady who didn't want her baby created suita [...]

    This book was so bizarre and creative. The most disturbing story was about a girl who found herself with a baby she didn't want. She contemplated various ways to deal with the baby, including giving it to her grandma to raise, killing him, resigning herself to raising a baby she didn't love, etc. Somewhere in this thought process, she realizes that she's dreaming and doesn't actually have a baby. I was really relieved at the story's outcome. There are lots of great waitress and service industry [...]

    I love Bell's perspective and take on the world. This one was more surreal than straight autobiographical which I thought was fun.

    I have to keep reminding myself that these were originally published as minicomix. I found the collection extremely uneven. Some stories were awesome. Some were bizarre. Some covered already well-trod ground. I felt like her illustration style varied similarly. When she's good, she's very very good. But when she's badFavorite stories:Amy was a BabysitterWhen I'm OldJust One ReasonOn the Sea-ShoreNot so much:Graveyard ShiftI Ate Shit and Pretended to Like ItThe Fairy Tale About the Wicker ChairAn [...]

    This is a collection of some of Gabrielle Bell's earliest comics. What's interesting about rereading Bell is seeing how her work has developed over the years. The art (line work, detail, etc), the tone, and the themes are quite different from what we see in her most recent collection, The Voyeurs, and even strikingly different from her Lucky stories. Most of these strips bear more in common with fiction than they do (semi-)autobiography or memoir.

    Not nearly as good as her later book, Lucky. The stories are not as well developed and as a reader you feel less attached to what happens. I really identified with the story and characters in Lucky, but that was not the case with this book. In Lucky you get the sense that Bell is telling a very personal story, but this Bell novel lacks that personal touch. You can tell it was one of her earlier novels because of the distance she puts between herself and the characters she is writing about.

    Overall, I was a little disappointed with this book. The art is simple and emotional. The main problem is that many of the stories are too text heavy. The narration is clumsy at times. It's like reading a short story that happens to have pictures.There were a few stories that I really enjoyed, so I might look into reading some of her other stuff.

    A collection of autobio, hipster magical realism, and literary adaptations by a stylistically reserved, but clearly talented cartoonist. Not nearly as accomplished as her more recent work (Lucky), and with a lot less to say, but there's still a lot to enjoy in watching Ms. Bell figure out exactly what she wants to do with comics.

    I pretty much love everything by Gabrielle Bell, including this - the stories are clever and odd, even if they are reflecting real life.I must say I loved the two stories about Kate the crazy girl, I wish there was more. -1 star for spelling mistakes, but +1 back for a Trent Reznor cameo. :D

    Bell's trying to hard in this one, but it is interesting to get a glimpse of that process. The narratives peter out and have a kind of forced whimsy/darkness much of the time. Love the story of getting too drunk in a neighborhood SF bar, though.

    A bit uneven but highly entertaining. Keep in mind these minicomics were published over a decade ago when Bell was first starting off. Regardless I love the depiction of Trent Reznor and the author's overall sensibilty.

    Extra enjoyment points for those who want to revisit some SF watering holes (i.e. Kilowatt) via Bell's work

    surreal, fluid stories, loosely autobiographical, and gabrielle bell includes her e-mail address at the back of the book: love it

    The last time I read Gabrielle Bell's stories I wasn't as into them, but rereading them now (and reading this oldest collection for the first time) I really love her storytelling style and themes!

    I'm having trouble engaging this -- the stories aren't grabbing me and the art isn't inviting to my eye. Some of the one-page, more over-the-top punchy strips work for me pretty well, but the short stories aren't hitting me on my wavelength. I may try reading a little more, but I think I may just give it back to the library.

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