The Hipless Boy, Sully (Conundrum)

Cool to be Hipless

Sully, the comic-book pseudonym of Montreal-based writer and artist Sherwin Tjia, brings us a collection of short comics about a hipless boy living in a hipster neighbourhood---although, honestly, he doesn't seem all that unhip. Nonetheless, Sully's stories are charming reminders of a time of youth that's both hopeful and nostalgic, with three archetypal characters: the self-portrait narrator, the

not-quite-platonic female best friend, the art student friend. Tjia's clean, crisp drawing style recalls Seth's artwork, but with a humour and warmth that makes these like Conundrum's Archie comics. Tjia (also author of The World is a Heartbreaker, under his own name) strikes a fine balance between sensitivity and maturity, right down to the afterword detailing the characters' grown-up lives as curators and advertising directors.

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