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BFF: Brainfag Forever

By Nate Beaty

I was trying to think of a clever intro to this review, but it’s just not happening. Instead, I’m just going to say that BRAINFAG IS AWESOME. Do yourself a favor and buy this now. You’ll be stoked, I promise.

BFF is a collection of the majority of Brainfag, the now defunct journal comic about the everyday life of its’ (seemingly) antisocial author. I don’t know how he did it, but Nate somehow made usually dull activities like doing housework and navigating romantic relationships funny and entertaining. On second thought, navigating relationships is always entertaining, but I think I made the point. Ex-girlfriends, rainstorms, and bowel problems were enthralling enough to keep me up all night finishing the book. He also happens to be an excellent illustrator whose stylistic evolution is documented within the pages.

I’m not sure how I missed out on Nate Beaty’s work for this long, being a self-proclaimed comic nerd and all, so I’m stoked to have been sent this (did I really just use the word “stoked” twice in the same review?). I’m stoked on Nate and Brainfag, and you’ll be stoked on him too. Stoked, stoked, stoked. Go out and read this ASAP so I can stop saying stoked.

P.S. Look out for the various ways Nate depicts himself throughout the comic. It’s fun to compare and contrast.

-Kelly Dalbeck



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