This weekend I read the comics adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Locus award-winning short story, How to Talk to Girls at Parties. The gorgeous watercolor illustrations are by the genius Brazilian brothers, Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba, and are simply breathtaking.
It’s been one of my favorite Gaiman stories since I first read it back ten years ago – weird, dreamlike, lyrical, and yet grounded in the reality of being a fifteen year old boy trying to figure out the world and his place in it. It’s been such a favorite that in spite of this adaptation’s impeccable pedigree, I was worried that it might disappoint me, dwelling too much on the fantastical elements, perhaps.
When I turned the final page in the slim hardcover, though, I was delighted to find that my apprehension was groundless. It is such an exquisitely constructed and executed telling of the tale that I had (in the words of the story) “That thing, with the liquid in the eyes, when the whole world blurs…”. It is that good.
For those of you with wall space available, I also very highly recommend this print from Neverwear, with art by Camilla d’Errico. It is beautiful, as with all the Gaiman-related offerings produced by the amazing and inimitable Cat Mihos for Neverwear.