A 250 word (or less) review of the Gingerbread Girl graphic novel
By Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover, Top Shelf Productions
Gingerbread Girl is a silly comic. In it Annah Billips, a
young woman who is apparently a tease, goes on a date with be-afroed Chili
Brandals doing those things trendy young women do in Portland Oregon on dates.
Along the way we learn that Annah believes that as a child her father performed
brain surgery on her to remove her Penfield Homunculus which he then grew into
a clone sister called Ginger. It is also revealed that Annah is obsessed with
finding Ginger. Of course this all might be a delusion on Annah’s part.
Gingerbread Girl examines whether Annah is crazy or Ginger is real or whether
it really even matters. There is a lot to like in this comic. Colleen Coover is
an amazing artist, and just seeing her artwork is worth the price of admission.
The way the story is told is also pretty nifty: a kind of picture storybook for
adults with quirky narrators laying out the story directly to the reader. It’s pretty fun. Gingerbread girl does have some problems though. The lesser of
the two is that a Penfield’s Homunculus isn’t what Tobin and Coover seem to
think it is (full credit: they do acknowledge this kind of... but its still
very distracting to me). The larger issue is that the story doesn’t really
resolve itself in a very satisfying way. So, I’d say Gingerbread Girl is like
its name: a sweet and delicious treat that isn’t all that fulfilling as a meal.
Word count: 248