Mid-Life by Joe Ollmann

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Mid-Life is a superb graphic novel, by turns hilarious and appalling. The story has a real hook to it; once you start reading about Olsen and Smalls you’ll want to find out what solution, if any, they can find for their angst.
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WHEN THE BODY SAGS AND THE HONESTY LAGS

Mid-Life is the story of John, who at forty becomes a father again with his much younger second wife, which results in a slow, painful attack by flowered baby bags and front-facing baby carriers on his former virility and self-identity. John always believed that age is a state of mind; however, his adult daughters, baby son, energetic wife, stressful job, house full of cats, and flabby body―complete with bloated stomach and sagging bosom―all lead John reluctantly to admit that he is having a midlife crisis. The crisis drives John to yell at his wife, pick fights with his daughters, and miss deadlines at work that put his job on the line. He takes solace from the stress of everyday life with a seemingly harmless infatuation with the pretty children's performer Sherry Smalls, who sings adoringly to him directly from his son's DVD.

Sherry, meanwhile, is equally desperate to find a distraction in life. Her path to rock stardom has been rudely overtaken by a semi-successful but completely loathsome gig as a children's performer. It pays the bills, and a Saturday-morning television show is on the horizon―that is, if she is able to fire her alcoholic on-again, off-again boyfriend/bandmate.

As their lives snowball, John's infatuation turns into obsession and a haphazard, fateful e-mail leads to a necessary reality check that neither John nor Sherry may have wanted, but that both will surprisingly welcome.

 

About Joe Ollmann

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Joe Ollmann lives in Montreal with his wife and children. He is the winner of the Doug Wright Award for best cartooning.
 
Published March 1, 2011 by Drawn and Quarterly. 184 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels. Fiction
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Reviewed by Jeet Heer on Mar 04 2011

Mid-Life is a superb graphic novel, by turns hilarious and appalling. The story has a real hook to it; once you start reading about Olsen and Smalls you’ll want to find out what solution, if any, they can find for their angst.

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