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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Top Shelf Week: Will You Still Love Me If I Wet The Bed?

Will You Still Love Me If I Wet The Bed? is another "first big project" from Top Shelf, this one by Liz Prince.



This 70-some page book takes a format that will be immediately familiar to fans of Jeffrey Brown's work, and this is copped-to in the only forward of the book - a single (hysterical) strip by Brown himself that points out the major difference between his stuff and this: there's no wallowing in self-pity. This is pretty much entirely a "cute" book, filled with those oddball moments that really only happen when couples are alone together.



A lot of the vibe here will strike a chord with readers who are in Happy Relationships, or who enjoy romantic comedies. It's optimistic, it's sweet, it's goddamn gleeful.

So, yeah, if you're alone and bitter, this is either going to piss you off all to hell or leave you a sobbing, Radiohead-listening wreck.



That's not to say this is unassailable work. It becomes noticeably one-note about two-thirds of the way through, and some of the cute moments become downright saccharine, prime targets for eye-rolling.



That said, if this is the kind of material that speaks to you, it's definitely worth checking out. Everyone will have a different series of "favorite" strips, because there's a wide range of moments here, that will reflect similar moments from our own lives.

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