Adam Ellis knew it was time to leave art school when a fellow student presented her final project to the class: "I put a condom on the Virgin Mary," she announced, unveiling a cheap figurine sheathed in latex. The professor loved it.
Baffled by the praise his classmate receives, and intent on becoming an artist on his own terms, Adam plots his escape to Portland, Oregon to begin his life in the real world--only to realize that adulthood is a lot harder than it looks.
Based on the blog of the same name, BOOKS OF ADAM details Adam's hilarious trials and tribulations in his attempt to become a functioning member of society. From his arrest after shoplifting a bottle of chocolate milk to a misguided attempt to make friends that lands him in a shack with a hippie couple who have just skinned a rabbit and are trying to entice him into a three-some, Adam is an amicable guy who can't seem to keep himself out of trouble.
Paired with his signature black and white illustrations, Adam's stories weave together an uproariously funny and ultimately charming narrative about a young man trying to find his place in the world.
Artist Ellis (who runs a blog with the same title as the book) had an epiphany when a fellow student in his undergraduate art class won praise for submitting a cheap plastic figurine of the Virgin Mary encased in a condom for her senior project. Ellis decided it was time to move on. He left Boston for Portland, Ore. Once there, he recounts his struggles to find a decent apartment, friends, and most importantly, a job. What follows is a series of often self-deprecating vignettes, as Ellis throws himself into situations with the best intentions (camping, for example) that take a turn for the worse (he wakes up to find a stranger defecating next to his tent), many of which are accompanied by his crisp, humorous drawings. Readers looking for melodrama or hipsters looking for detached, ironic superiority will be sorely disappointed; Ellis is an affable, likable narrator, and his can you believe this? tone is well suited to this slim, amusing tale.
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I read this book on a long bus trip after following the blog since the beginning. Adam is a great story and this book will have you laughing out loud.
I definitely enjoyed the book. I briefly perused through the online series before I decided to read the book. Makes me want to go back to the comics to read more! I enjoyed the writing. Very clever, and simple. As an artist I LOVED his animations. Good stuff. \_(^~^)_\ BOSS
Entertaining and captivating
Adam Ellis has a penchant for comedy. The situations in his blog and in this book are unique and he finds the ridiculous in every situation. Not only is this book a great read for the comedic stories and clever, hilarious cartoons, but it also provides some of Ellis's own personal wisdom for any meandering young person. I enjoyed it immensely and look forward to reading more from him in the future.