How to Talk to Girls at Parties

HowToTalk

CREDIT: Dark Horse

Rating: 5/5 – Making Gaiman’s Prose Come to Life!
by ComicSpectrum EiC Bob Bretall.

Neil Gaiman fans have likely read this story in its prose form, it was originally published in the Fragile Things anthology in 2006.  It was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Short Story and won the Locus Award for Best Short Story.  That’s quite a pedigree and it’s a wonderful story that I’ve read a number of times.  Taking the story and adding the visual dimension brought it to another level of enjoyment for me. The art is by Brazilian artists Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá, twin brothers who singly and together have done a number of great comics, including the Eisner Award winning Daytripper that they wrote and drew together.

The story is a simple one, on the surface.  Teenage friends Vic and Enn like girls (like many teenage boys).  Vic’s the smooth one and has a way with the ladies.  Enn is a bit more awkward and really doesn’t have the flair for interacting with the opposite sex that Vic does.  Vic gets Enn to accompany him to a party where there will be lots of girls.  But how does Enn talk to them?  Well, advises Vic, you just talk to them!  Moving beyond that, the actual talking to girls at the party Vic and Enn end up at is a very interesting experience.  It quickly becomes clear that something a bit out of the ordinary is going on with these girls, but saying any more would be spoiling it for anyone who hasn’t read the story, and repetitive for those of us who have.

How do you decide to read How to Talk to Girls at Parties?  You just read it!
I’m looking forward to adaptations of more Neil Gaiman short stories from Dark Horse, up next is another of my favorites, Troll Bridge.  I can’t wait!

Reviewed by: Bob Bretall
(bob@comicspectrum.com
)
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