HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PAR­TIES Brief En­coun­ters Of The Third Kind

re­leased OUT NOW! Pub­lisher dark Horse Comics Writ­ers/Artists Fábio Moon, Gabriel Bá

SFX - - Reviews -

First pub­lished in 2006 col­lec­tion Frag­ile Things, the charm of Neil Gaiman’s short story is how it moves from the or­di­nary to the ex­tra­or­di­nary. And there’s lit­tle more or­di­nary than Croy­don in the 1970s.

This orig­i­nal graphic novel by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá ex­pertly cap­tures the wist­ful lyri­cism of Gaiman’s prose. Keep­ing ex­po­si­tion to a min­i­mum, they al­low pic­tures and di­a­logue to mostly tell the tale while keep­ing the best bits of first-per­son nar­ra­tion.

It be­gins with the painfully shy Enn search­ing out a party and stum­bling upon a house full of mys­te­ri­ous fe­male ex­change stu­dents. He grad­u­ally comes out of his shell, be­fore it be­comes ev­i­dent that the “girls” might be from an­other planet.

It starts out as a warm­hearted kitchen sink drama, and Bá and Moon’s vi­brant car­toon­ing is per­fect for the more down-to-earth mo­ments; then they re­ally cut loose for some vividly-coloured, Jack Kirby-es­que cos­mic scenes. Gaiman’s story is also cur­rently be­ing turned into a movie, but the film­mak­ers will be hard-pressed to come up with any­thing as good as this mas­ter­ful adap­ta­tion. Stephen Jewell

John Cameron Mitchell is di­rect­ing the film. The cast in­cludes Elle Fan­ning, Ruth Wil­son and Ni­cole Kid­man.

Girls: yes. Aliens: pos­si­bly…

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