Synopses & Reviews
A group of teenage queer punks get in perpetual trouble with the police when they aren't flirting over loud music or postering their high school with flyers to allow same sex couples at prom. It's like they were your actual high school peers - pissing off the administration and taking care of each other when they get beat up by skinheads. Liz Baillie has a real talent for dialogue, characters, storytelling, and capturing New York - especially those moments that we all live, awkwardly making out, pulling pranks, and drinking beer. This graphic novel collects the first five (out of 10) issues of the comic My Brain Hurts.
"My Brain Hurts Volume 1 is Baillies first collection of her mini-comic, and hopefully it wont be her last. Its great to watch her grow as a creator within these pages, but of course even more important is that My Brain Hurts is a solid, good comic. I think everyone at some point in their teen years has felt a little out of place with the rest of the world; its easy to empathize with this well written comic, even if your own personal situation might not be the same. Ill definitely read more of My Brain Hurts." — Read About Comics
" ... taken as a whole, My Brain Hurts is as a powerful and largely universal examination of what it means to be thrust, kicking and screaming, into the world of adulthood, and perhaps, most importantly of all, its a lesson to those in the throes of adolescence, that, no matter bad it gets, if you stick out, youll make it out alive." —The Daily Cross Hatch
"This two book series is about some gay New York punks that are staying true to themselves. They party, go to shows, drink, create mischief and mayhem, and get into trouble. Its an amazing story that has a heart felt satisfaction. It's a story for the queers, I'ts a story for the punks, It's a story for the outcast, and its a story that every one should cherish. Don't get me wrong this book is not just about being gay. I believe it has a deeper meaning to it. i think it says " Life has it's ups and downs but you got to make you own path to the point ware you're happy." —Rebellion Pit
"My Brain Hurts is a fine first major work for a cartoonist, ambitious in its emotional scope and resonant in its themes." —Poopsheet
"For all of the artistic emphasis that accompanies counter-cultural scenes, youd think a subculture like the world of contemporary punk would have a lot more quality to show for itself. Sure, there have been some great works to emerge from the scene, many in the form of photocopied black and white zines, but when folks echo that long-uttered sentiment that punk is dead, its tough not to just nod your head and move on. What once was a vibrant scene generating great works of art has largely been reduced to watered-down whines of boring teen angst and recycled mall punk. This collection of Liz Baillies mini-comic, My Brain Hurts, manages to invoke some of the best moments of her “ziney” forebearers, following the stories of young punks in NYC. There are moments that boarder on melodrama, to be sure, but Baillies work manages to effectively tap into the ups and downs that are standard issue for the teenage world." —New York Press
About the Author
Liz Baillie is a cartoonist, illustrator, and the author of the comic series Freewheel. Her work has been included in several anthologies, including The Fall of Autumn, MAULED!, and Other Magazine. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.