By C.B. Cebulski (writer), Various (art & gray tones)
Noted comic book writer, C.B. Cebulski hatched one of the most crazy ideas I’d ever heard of: He decided to do a biography of his teenage years in comic book form. Personally, I think this is a dangerous idea. I mean, you’re pretty much putting yourself out there for people to scrutinize and judge, right? Well, I’ll judge him right now. Mr. Cebulski, you were one sex-crazed fiend, and your stories are not only hilarious, but stuff of legend.
Each issue is a collection of stories, chronicling different times of Cebulski’s life – and each chapter is drawn by a different artist (did I mention all the art is very good?). As I read these two issues, I often wondered what Cebulski’s motive was for telling these stories. Most of them are filled with awkward sexual situations and lots of alcohol. The only thing I could think of is he probably just thought they’d make entertaining stories. And, yes, they are very entertaining. Some of the trouble he gets himself into with the ladies are things you might see in a Porky’s or American Pie movie, but they’re genuine, and genuinely funny. And Cebulski may come off as a womanizer at times, but I’ll make a defense for him and blame the hormones. Those were some rough years!
As I finished the issue #2, one of the first reactions that came to me was, “A lot of guys aren’t going to be able to relate to this.” After all, we’re talking about comic book readers here! But, after dropping the geeky stereotypes, I conceded – maybe this will connect with some people. It connected with me, just more in a whimsical, kindred kind of way. I think most people will look past the surface and see a young man trying to figure out who he is, what his limitations are, and the species that we call women.
It can’t be easy putting those awkward years on paper like this for people to read. And with each issue running about 60 pages, you’re definitely getting a whole lot to read (and see, if you get my drift). My only reservation is at $5.99 per issue, that’s asking a whole lot from your audience – especially for an unknown, black and white book. Personally, I think it’s a small price to pay for something completely out of the norm and rousingly entertaining. (Grade: A-)
– J. Montes