Jeremy Tinder

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“It is better to keep your head down and keep mastering your craft than to compare yourself to other’s success.”

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Cry Yourself To Sleep.

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Cry Yourself To Sleep:

By Jeremy Tinder.

I just can’t help to love his brutally honest humor. The art is very unique in many ways, simple yet wonderful. This is the sort of book to read when you have have a horrible day and need something to lift it. Three stories of being lost.  Their stories come together. It ends with love and a hope of three futures.

Cry Yourself To Sleep, was a simply wonderful read.

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~Fin.

My Review of Cry Yourself to Sleep (2006)

In 2006 Jeremy Tinder’s graphic novel, Cry Yourself to Sleep, came out. I remember picking it up merely out of curiosity, the title caught my eye. I often made jokes about how I cried myself to sleep every night and after I saw the comic book I decided to just pick it up, it was short and the art was great. Plus, for the price, why wouldn’t I? At seven bucks I wasn’t worried about whether or not I would like it. (Also, I was beginning to read a lot more alternative comics at the time, so it worked out fine for me.)

Cry Yourself to Sleep follows the lives of Jim, Andy, and the Robot. Each feel a detachment from others as they struggle to find a meaning to what they are doing with their lives. This does a pretty good job of detailing what a lot of people in their mid-20s go through. A sense of uneasiness about the future that is quickly catching up with them. You could probably relate it to a lot of the themes that are in Kevin Smith’s debut movie Clerks. (Mostly Dante’s character, I wouldn’t try to find too much of Randal’s care free spirit in the book.)

Jim and Andy both have practical problems that most readers can relate to. Andy is trying to follow his dream of being a novelist, but continues to hit walls that cause him to question his validity of his work. (Boy, I’ve been there before.) Jim the rabbit can’t seem to handle keeping a steady job. Jim lives paycheck to paycheck and is still trying to figure out what he wants to do with his life. The Robot on the other hand takes a different approach to try to learn not to be such a dick. This is a slice of science fiction that I didn’t think I’d encounter in the book.

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I’ve been there before…

The art in the book is well done, it’s simple but goes well with the story. It can be a little crude looking , but I feel that it works for both the more humorous and depressing aspects of the book. It’s also helps characters like Jim and the Robot to better interact with the human characters without hurting the flow of the story. I mean, you wouldn’t want realistic characters interacting with talking bears, would you?

I don’t have a lot of complaints about the book. It’s short, but this isn’t anything new for a lot of alternative comics. Since the price is low I don’t really see it as a major problem. The biggest complaint I have about the book is the fact that the Robot, although he is one of the main protagonists, doesn’t get a lot of character development. Andy and Jim both seem fleshed out while the Robot pretty much breezes by his story. Still, the Robot confronts a lot of what makes him different from others and seems to change without even noticing it. (Maybe a programming error?)

Jeremy Tinder gives a perfect blend of both funny and somber moments in Cry Yourself to Sleep. Had this been done in the wrong hands the book would have probably been too lop sided in its storytelling. With fun and interesting characters Cry Yourself to Sleep is worth the read. I also hope to see more from Jeremy Tinder, I really enjoy his illustrations.

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