In the third volume of her series, our protagonist Larrybear meets her new nemesis, visits her anthropomorphic guitar Marshmallow, and ponders her future as she manages a restaurant in Brooklyn. Things go awry when a hurricane arrives and the bar is packed, with no deliveries and plumbing problems. This is doing nothing to help Larry’s ever-worsening drinking problem…...
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Time Clock Reviews
This is touted as Stein's first original graphic novel, at least when it comes to the Eye of the Majestic comics. The earlier volumes collected the stories that had been originally come out in signal issues. I'm not sure if the narratives in this collection are more or less cohesive, which, I think, attests to her abilities at storytelling both in serial and long-form.
A friend recommended this one to me. I was little disappointed by the story but the art was top notch. I could see Koyama Press publishing this actually. Leslie seems to fit the vibe over there a little better. No major complaints but I wouldn't necessarily rave about it either. I think I'll check out her earlier work which has received positive reviews.
I feel bad rating this only 2-stars, but I'm basing this purely on how much I enjoyed the reading experience which, for me, was simply 'okay'. I enjoyed Stein's Bright-eyed at Midnight and I mistakenly thought Time Clock was going to be more autobio/memoir stuff, so this was more a case of not-getting-what-i-was-expecting (though it seemed like a lot of elements were based off of Stein's life?). I was also a little jarred by the art-style, but again, this was because I thought it was going to be more similar to Bright-Eyed (more scribbly and less smooth/rounded). I appreciated that the story very casually used fantastical elements and there's a thread of melancholy here that feels very real and true-to-life. However, it was a little *too* weird for my tastes and I felt like a lot went over my head. I'm still really keen to read more of Stein's work - this was just a case of skewed expectations.
The cover design is so appealing. And I'm not sure why I like the world of these stories but I do. Maybe it is because Larrybear has a kind of blitheness that carries her even if she is depressed or succumbing to a drinking problem.