"Complex and engaging... I found this graphic novel to be enthralling." -- Mark Frauenfelder, Boing Boing "An engaging, breezy read... Gingerbread Girl captures the romance of being young and kooky in a hip city, while acknowledging that sometimes what seems like conscious eccentricity masks deeper issues."-- Noel Murray, The AV Club "A delight to read on every page... It has charm to burn."-- Hillary Brown, Paste Magazine "A tasty delight."-- Jonathan Rigby, Page 45 "Thought provoking, interesting and fun... The story examines psychology, imagination, human behaviour, childhood, fantasy, interaction between people, friendship, and love all in 104 pages and yet it never feels heavy or brooding, but always light, interesting and cheerful."-- Phil Oldham, Comic Buzz "I'm absolutely in love with Gingerbread Girl, and I'm already dying for another Tobin and Coover collaboration."-- Greg McElhatton, Read About Comics "The pictures are pretty! There's a talking pigeon!"-- Carolyn Yates, Autostraddle There are many verifiable facts concerning 26-year-old Annah Billips. She likes sushi and mountains and piglets, but hates paper cuts and beer breath. She flirts with girls and boys, and loves to travel. She might have a missing sister... or she might be totally insane. Did Annah invent an imaginary sister named Ginger during her parents' traumatic divorce? Or did her mad scientist father extract part of her brain and transform it into a living twin? In this whimsical, thought-provoking graphic novel, a host of narrators (including boyfriends, girlfriends, neighbors, bystanders, magicians, and passing animals) try their best to unlock the mystery of Annah... and the Gingerbread Girl.
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This is the story of Annahnette (Annah) Billips...who may or may not have a missing sister. But there are plenty of things that we do know for sure about her. She dates both boys and girls (she really ... Read full review
Colleen Coover and Paul Tobin's Gingerbread Girl is a charming and weird book. The story revolves around an odd young woman who has hidden serious wounds beneath her eccentricities. She tells others she has a separated Penfield homunculus and that moves the plot, along with her relationships and numerous accounts by secondary characters.
The illustrations are superb and the writing, while sometimes erratic, is compelling. Coover and Tobin's work together has often impressed me and I still hold their Small Favors as the best piece of erotica I have encountered. Like that comic, Gingerbread Girl is filled with warmth and endearing characters, even when they are greatly flawed.