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Berlin-based cartoonist Markus Witzel, who goes by the pen name of Mawil, has established a reputation in Europe for his cataloging of the awkwardness of relationships, especially with the opposite sex, but always with some terrific humour throughout, earning him an Icom Prize in 1998 and an international reputation among the comics community. We are delighted to be able to offer this English translation of a brilliant European comics creator.
“Beautiful cartooning that captures the energy, awkwardness and freedom of youth and romantic infatuation.”
– Joe Matt
“Mawil’s loose, kinetic cartooning gets across the enthusiasm for life felt by youth at large in the world, combining the spontaneity of Lewis Trondheim with the confidence and charm of Michel Rabagliati.“
– Alan David Doane for Comic Book Galaxy
“If only Mawil was as good with the girls as he is a cartoonist then we wouldn’t have these fun stories about how he isn’t any good with the girls. Which is good for us readers, I guess, and if Mawil’s adolescent love life had to suffer for the greater good, I’m okay with that. Thank you, Mawil.“
– Jeffrey Brown
“Yet, amazingly given the subject matter, you walk away from this book feeling incredibly positive, full of the possibilities the young Mawil sees in the end. It’s a great trick to deliver in a book about failed love, but Mawil does it beautifully. It’s an excellent book, funny, sentimental in all the right ways, introspective without becoming mawkish or despairing and some fabulous, fluid artwork. Definitely recommended.”
– Richard Bruton for Forbidden Planet International
Published May 2008.