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What an incredible treat reading a continuous non re booted story coming out in intervals like this See Below Instead of a long gushing review I ll sum it up this way If we were allowed a 6th star for every 100 books we rated this would get one To bespecifically congratulatory it would get a 6th for every 10 I gave 5 stars 1980 01 101987 11 531990 1991 54 1072006 108 125
[[ KINDLE ]] ↠ Goodnight, Irene ↵ Goodnight, Irene features a collection of Carol Lay s Irene strips from Good Girls comics which originally appeared inincludingpages that have never been published before I found a gem tucked into a bookshelf at a huge novelty shop that sells things like candy cigarettes, anime wear and had a steampunk taxidermy art show going on in a small attached gallery I was scanning the comic book section looking for work by women, pulled a maroon book off the shelf and read its introduction Within the first paragraph artist Carol Lay mentioned Ubangi women featured in Hustler magazine, a DC collection of romantic comics and a bummer state of the relationship conversation I found a gem tucked into a bookshelf at a huge novelty shop that sells things like candy cigarettes, anime wear and had a steampunk taxidermy art show going on in a small attached gallery I was scanning the comic book section looking for work by women, pulled a maroon book off the shelf and read its introduction Within the first paragraph artist Carol Lay mentioned Ubangi women featured in Hustler magazine, a DC collection of romantic comics and a bummer state of the relationship conversation with a boyfriend in 1979 On the next page A foreword by Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo Sold One of the highlights of my recent vacation was the discovery of Lay s Goodnight, Irene, a collection of Irene Van de Kamp stories from the 1980s with some yet unseen stuff It is so ridiculously fun that snorting and cackling become involuntary The premise Young Irene is orphaned when baboons attack her parents during a safari She is taken in by native hunters, the Bongodians, and raised by the tribe When she comes of age, she eagerly goes through the traditional ceremony in which her lower lip is extended with the help of an ivory plate and her upper lip is looped up over her nose Though she has undergone a rite that assures her beauty matches that of the other women in the tribe, her white skin is deemed unlucky and none of the men will risk marrying her She decides to leave the tribe and joins up with white traders and returns to the United States where a birthmark reveals that she is an heiress and now the richest woman in the world Unfortunately her face She begins dating a blind man, a lawyer, who is unaware of her money situation or her appearance She keeps things chaste until finally he can t take it any and asks to feel her face When he encounters the jutting lip he freaks and dumps her and, meanwhile, Irene attends a cosmetics party where things get uncomfortable In one of the images from the book, she stares at a tube of lipstick with wide eyes and a question mark bubble Her now ex boyfriend takes his woes to a bar and explains the situation to a bartender, who determines that Irene is the heiress who has been all over the tabloids Kurt suddenly expresses renewed interested Unfortunately, his plans to get the band back together are thwarted when Irene is kidnapped right in front of him and an unscrupulous cab driver takes advantage of his blindness to steal all of his money and send him away on an airplane to nowhere near Irene All sorts of unconventional characters crop up including a two headed collector of unusual women who has an entire island at his disposal, a woman with an extended neck and an evil three breasted seductress who is out to get revenge on Irene These stories are hokey as heck and play on the uber seriousness of romantic comics of yesteryear They are self conscious enough to in joke about beauty and the nature of comic books The predictable is taken and twisted into something very funny and not predictable, like the three breasted woman who gets Kurt drunk and tries to convince him to have his face surgically changed to looklike Irene and win her love again As a nice add, Lay introduces us to Irene s daughter who as a teen really resents her conventional face and begins computer doodles of how she can make her own lookinteresting Lay also explains in the introduction that Irene was born of her work inking Donald Duck and Scrooge comics mixed with the cutesy girl hairstyles from Heart Throb comics Anyway, all of this happened a long time ago, but since it s new to me I ll say this especially after being bored to brain itch by Alison Bechdel s latest comic books just got fun again Goodnight, Irene collects the stories of Lay s most indelible character Irene Van de Kamp, an heiress who was raised by an Ubangi tribe, had her face shaped with lip plates and whatnot, and has returned to American society with predictable and unpredictable complications Over the course of Irene s trials and tribulations, Lay sharply satirizes old romance comics. This needed to be soooo much longer I read it out of pure morbid pleasure. I think this book is a great send up of romance comics and a sharp satire on modern beauty Interested to see what the rest of book club thinks I know there s at least one who d disagree with me. Not enough queer in the quirky Poor plot line. on love, appearance, money, power, racism, and romance genre i loved this so so much.