Nemi Vol.3 by Lise Myhre (Titan Books 2009) is a collection of comic strips featuring Nemi Montoya and her misadventures in dating and life in general.
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this! Supposedly, Nemi’s very popular comic back in Norway and I can understand why. Her deadpan, often witty humor is very dry and very funny. I was immediately drawn into Nemi’s world from the first page. Here’s the back blurb:
Meet Nemi Montoya, the vegetarian, cynical/romantic, hilariously honest twenty-something goth, in this brand new collection from artist Lise Myhre!
Hang out in the pub with Nemi and her friends, including her flatmate, the blue-haired Cyan; hear her opinions on romance and dating; watch her watch TV in her untidy flat; learn how she feels about birch trees, spiders and blondes; and generally experience the highs and lows of being Nemi in the modern world!
Nemi is a twenty something goth girl whose life is never dull. She loves her heavy metal music. She’s single and jobless. She loves to drink beer and loves chocolate. She’s very cynical about life and is often grumpy and short-tempered. She has her moments of vulnerabilities. She loves manipulating her friends into doing her bidding and she’s always looking for freebies. And the men she dates or run into at the bar seem to be short a few brain cells and a couple of synapses.
Nemi seems to be against anything that is conventional like marriage, kids, etc. Very funny stuff. There were a few moments were some jokes fell flat or were over my head entirely while others were on the money. Nemi vol.3 is a full color comic strips in hardcover priced at $14.95 U.S. B+. Glad to have read it. The publicist for Titan books sent me this copy for review. There are two volumes before this one Nemi vol.1 and Nemi vol.2 that I will be seeking out sometime in the near future.
Additional info: Nicole Blackman (listed as poet, artist and author) provides a list 16 facts about Nemi in the introduction. To quote one fact about Nemi from her list: “I have always loved girls who really know how to hold a grudge.” And last but not least, to quote a scene from Nemi vol.3:
“The Olympic flame is within us all.” –from the TV
“Must be very, very, very, very small! –Nemi