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Youth Is Wasted collects several of Noah Van Sciver's most outstanding short stories from his critically acclaimed, award-nominated comic book series, Blammo, as well as various anthology submissions....

Title : Youth Is Wasted
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ISBN : 9781935233275
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 112 Pages
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Youth Is Wasted Reviews

  • Sam Quixote
    2019-04-22 21:15

    Youth is Wasted is a collection of short comics by Noah van Sciver taken from his series Blammo from between 2010 and 2013. And, like most anthologies, the stories are a mixed bunch in terms of quality. The best comic here is 1999 which I’ve already read/reviewed as a standalone comic (available cheaply on Comixology - recommended!) so I won’t go into it here but I think I would’ve rated this collection higher if I hadn’t already read this. Like 1999, the majority of van Sciver’s stories feature lower-middle class twenty-somethings, or “poor young losers” in the artist’s words, struggling to get by, grudgingly adhering to society’s dictums while quietly resenting them. They make for some grimly humorous comics like Because I Have To, where a young man who lost his younger brother a year earlier in a car accident helps a lost little girl on Halloween find her older brother only to be accused of being a pedophile. Or Abby’s Road and Who Are You, Jesus? where in both stories the guy thinks they’re using the woman only to discover the reverse is true. From the fairly decent come stories that are forgettable or plain boring like the trio of Brothers Grimm adaptations that are presented in an elaborate children’s book-style, or Punks v Lizards which is basically what you’d expect from the title: punks with weapons fighting large lizards.Roommates is an amusing two-pager about two roommates, one of whom doesn’t know how much the other resents him. Some are just bitter like It Can Only Get Better where van Sciver loathes how cartoonists in the 19th century were far better paid than they are today, or nihilistic like The Easy Life where the protagonist contemplates turning his back on society altogether. Like many anthologies covering several years, the reader can see how the artist’s style and (if they’re talented creators which van Sciver clearly is) the quality of the stories have evolved over that time. The earlier comics are smaller both literally in terms of the panels on the page and the scope of the stories while the later ones show bigger images and more ambitious, complex narratives. Besides 1999, there are a few very decent shorts included that fans of the artist or the slice of life genre will enjoy. It’s not van Sciver’s best book but it’s interesting to see his style and comics storytelling sensibilities evolve to the heights it’s reached today. Noah’s brother, Ethan, himself a cartoonist over at DC Comics, writes a charming introduction, ending with: “The world is a sweeter place because of the cartoons that my little brother draws.” I agree!

  • Derek Royal
    2019-04-03 22:59

    This is a fascinating collection of shorter pieces, most (I think) collected from Van Sciver's single-author anthology, Blammo. It makes me hate the fact that I didn't know about Blammo sooner.

  • David Schaafsma
    2019-03-24 19:08

    A wide range of comic short stories, mostly reprinted from Blammo, trying different effects, approaches, ranging from some capturing angry disaffected punk to rewritten myths. There's two pagers in here, but I prefer the longer stuff, like 1999, about a relationship he has with a woman in a fast food restaurant. It's edgy, playful, often funny, but never mean-spirited, as he cares about the characters, including when he writes about himself.

  • Hannah Garden
    2019-04-04 00:18

    A series of short little stories all singularly executed and disturbing and very much their own thing. It's always so nice to find something that is just totally its own thing, you know? Like it's not packed with stuff that reminds you how everyone is awful and the same. Rachel you should read this although you might find the characters more irritating since you are so young whereas I am forty and can just look back on the chump juggalos of my childhood as through a faygo 2-liter darkly.

  • Robert
    2019-04-11 19:19

    My review of this book is now on

  • Dan
    2019-04-09 18:20

    Noah Van Sciver is THE cartoonist now-a-days. All of his stories are beautiful in their plot, themes, and drawing. I highly recommend Noah's work to everyone.

  • Jan Philipzig
    2019-04-04 23:13

    Check out Robert's excellent review in the Comics Journal:

  • Eric
    2019-03-24 22:21

    This is one bizarre collection of comics. Sometimes I laughed at them and sometimes I cringed, but almost all of them were unique and entertaining. This is one of the rare cases where some of the stories to the comics almost overshadow the art itself. I picked this up at the local library (Woodbury) and was overjoyed to find out that he had Denver ties and I could picture some of the places he referenced (only because he mentioned some of them in the notes/afterward section). At any rate, if you're looking for a good, daydream-style departure from the novel, you should do yourself a favor and check out Van Sciver's work. It stays with you.

  • Jason
    2019-04-02 16:16

    There's a few comics in here that weren't my cup of tea, but most of them blew me away. "Because I Have To," about a guy wandering his neighborhood on Halloween a year after his little brother was killed in a car accident, is one of my all time favorite comic short stories. I also love "Abby's Road," "Who Are You, Jesus?", "Expectations," and the 1-page dream comic, "I don't love anyone." If you've already read these stories in Noah's Blammo series, there's an extensive Notes section in the back that sheds a lot of new light on them (especially on "1999," a masterful but challenging story), and makes the book extra worthwhile.

  • Sardonyx
    2019-04-22 18:59

    I loved this! I think every story in this book was solid and thought-provoking and sometimes crude. I found myself sympathizing with some of the situations, although I am not sure if that is a good thing. Heh.

  • Emilia P
    2019-03-24 18:15

    Ohhh it's so hard to be grouchy. ANGST. BEERS AND STUFF. Angst. The end.I don't remember anything much about this, and Imma take that as a sign there wasn't much to remember.

  • Sonic
    2019-03-26 19:15

    While I loved his take on Lincoln(in another book), this is definitely what you call "early work."(yawn*)

  • Liz Yerby
    2019-03-27 18:19

    I'm really into his style and some of these stories. But still waiting to find the NVS book that really speaks to me.