Title: The Underwater Welder Creator: Jeff Lemire Publisher: Top Shelf Productions Release Date: August 7, 2012
This book has a lot going for it. If you want to know about those things listen to the podcast. At it’s best it is a discussion of what it means to be unprepared for the responsibility of becoming an adult. At its worst it is super mansplaney.
Why do men leave their wives? Our secret pain cannot be understood by vagina people. Why is there a crisis of masculinity? I’m not sure, but man is a man’s pain real. Man is it not to be misunderstood, dismissed, or ignored. The pain of dealing with all this power, prestige and awesomeness is just too much for us to bear. I guess we will have to go underwater, where it is safe.
Perhaps I am being unfair. Jeff Lemire is writing from his own expedience, and mixing it with the fantastic. He is a good writer, and fantastic artist, and a deeply thoughtful man.
I just get tired of that being the only kind of book we read on this ‘cast.
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