The Hipless Boy

The Hipless Boy

June 2009
ISBN 978-1-894994-40-8
6.75 x 8.25 inches
224 pages, two colours
Graphic Novel
$19.95 CDN / US

Nominated for a Doug Wright Award
Nominated for an Expozine Award
Nominated for 4 Ignatz Awards

Say for a second you’re just a normal person. You live in a hipster neighbourhood but you’re not a hipster. You’re hipless. This the premise behind this collection of interlinked stories done in a graphic novel format that originally found life as a weekly column in the McGill Daily. The protagonist here tries to live his life like an open heart, and a curious cat, meeting and mingling with a collection of Montreal oddballs. He finds love, loses love, learns to like cross-dressing, and finds something else. Along for the ride are his best friends Minerva and Owen. She is a semi-bisexual private-school dropout, he is an art-school fabulist who constantly conjures up new ways to court controversy. Crisp linework resonating with clean writing, the short stories collected here reveal an inter-woven community of new adults, struggling to find families of their own making. With artwork reminiscent of Adrian Tomine’s, this collection’s warmth and humour remind us that the hipless are human too.

“For a book written by a hipster who claims not to be a hipster, The Hipless Boy is remarkably free of the pretension and irony that plague much of hipster culture. Appearances are made by actual hipster hangouts, but there is no name-dropping, and no inside jokes. In this regard, Tjia’s stories are a breath of fresh air, and surprisingly sweet and lovely. Sully is surely one of the most affable characters around, and it rubs off.” — MRB

“I’ve already heard Sully compared to Tomine, and Craig Thompson, but I think these comparisons obscure that The Hipless Boy is more on the silly and sexy side of comics. Sully’s comics make you want to burst into the world, and do something crazy, which is a pretty rare feat for indie comics.” — Living Between Wednesdays

“Sully’s skill as a writer as well as an artist is evident in every frame. It takes unique talent to discuss organizing a strip spelling bee, bowel movements as a mode of revenge, and suicide, all without losing the reader.” — McGill Tribune

SULLY a.k.a. Sherwin Tjia is a poet, painter and illustrator who grew up in Toronto, and now lives in Montreal. He is the author of two collections of poetry, Gentle Fictions, and The World is a Heartbreaker, which was a finalist for the Quebec Writers Federation’s A.M. Klein Poetry Award. He has also compiled two collections of comic strips, Pedigree Girls, and Pedigree Girls Forever. In addition to his writing, Sully has also illustrated two children’s books of poetry — JonArno Lawson’s The Man in the Moon-Fixer’s Mask, and its sequel, Black Stars in a White Night Sky, which won the 2007 Lion and the Unicorn Award. In his spare time, he organizes Slowdance Nights, Love Letter Reading Open Mic Nights, and Strip Spelling Bees.

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