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Never ending summer
Cole, Allison.
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Gainesville, Fla. : Alternative Comics, [2003]

Physical Description:
96 unnumbered pages : chiefly illustrations ; 22 cm
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Relationships break down between boyfriends, friends, and family, throughout which the author must discover how to maintain a sense of balance. Parties, excessive drinking, and financial instability add to the commotion. Drawn in a beautiful minimal style with delicate two-color printing.

Author Notes

Allison Cole: Allison Cole graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Printmaking. A former art director, she began making her own silkscreened comics a few years back. She has contributed to anthologies such as Studygroup 12 and Kramers Ergot .

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Booklist Review

Cole's characters are lozenges with legs and shields for faces; the boys are the taller ones with sketchy whiskers. Cole tells the everyday story of Allison during a season of cascading disappointments. She wakes with a huge sore on her lip, so her boyfriend, Asher, doesn't kiss her before he goes away for two weeks. Later, he calls to tell her his two weeks are changing into the whole summer in Australia. When he finally calls from Down Under, he fesses up that he's reconsidering his former girlfriend. Meanwhile, the comics shop where Allison works closes, a guy she starts getting interested in becomes evasive, and some of her girlfriends are breaking up with their men. At least, she finally cuts the cord to Asher, and the mix tape she was making for him opens a dance-club DJ gig for her. Cole's minimalist drawing and subdued coloring paradoxically point up the strong emotions that regularly swirl to the surface of her absorbing, realistic narrative. --Ray Olson Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Cole's challenge: a comic book where the many characters of a large cast are almost indistinguishable from each other, and a plot that centers around a summer in dullsville. With her great ear and eye for telling details of ennui, Cole succeeds too well. Readers will finish this book feeling relieved at having escaped from the claustrophobia of Cole's universe. The artwork is as spare as the plot; every character appears to be wearing the same radiation suit, mittens and hood (the guide to the cast on the inside front cover is indispensable). We follow Allison as she drifts through her summer, spending her days working at the comic book shop and nights at a random house or bar. In the strongest plot line, her boyfriend, Asher, leaves town and then reveals he's decided not to return for the rest of the summer. Cole ably captures the misery of scattered late-night phone calls and occasional e-mails, as well as the sympathy of Allison's equally aimless and confused friends. The lack of passion, verve and indeed any sense of urgency in their lives is oppressively present in every page. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved