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Freddie & Me [Hardcover]

Mike Dawson
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Book Description

5 Jun 2008
Freddie and Me is a wonderfully funny and moving graphic memoir of Mike Dawson’s lifelong obsession with Freddie Mercury and Queen. Told alternately from Mike’s childhood, teenage and adult perspectives, Freddie and Me explores the way in which music changes and shapes our lives, and the way in which random memories can both prop up and undermine the stories we tell ourselves. The counterpoint toMike’s obsession is his younger sister’s love of George Michael and Wham –including several deliciously funny imagined scenes featuring a post-break-up Andrew Ridgeley – which, like the book as a whole, is written and drawn with a brilliant combination of exuberance and subtlety.

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape (5 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224081934
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224081931
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 16.7 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 840,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'a funny and moving story of the author's lifelong obsession with Freddie Mercury ... had me laughing out loud' -- Publishing News

'introspective musings about the nature of memory...His engaging and sometimes hilarious artwork is a perfect companion to the narrative'
-- The Skinny

`a subtle and sensitive exploration...Charming, sincere and, above all, expressively drawn,'
-- Sunday Telegraph

About the Author

Mike Dawson was born in Scotland in 1975, grew up in the Midlands, and then moved to the United States at the age of eleven. He studied painting at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Following that he self-published a number of comic books, most notably the six-issue humour series Gabagool!, which he co-wrote and drew. His comics have also appeared in many anthologies. He lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with his wife.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Great Pretender 4 Sep 2008
Format:Hardcover
I have to say first of all that I only heard about this book thanks to the lovely folks at Classic Rock magazine. Thanks guys! And I'm glad they gave it such a positive review because I thought it was a great book and an interesting new addition to the Queen book library.

The first thing that is obvious as one reads through this book is that Mike Dawson is obviously a massive Queen and Freddie fan - as am I. Without that passion coming through a comic book like this could easily fall short, but this book soars like Freddie Mercury reaching for the notes only he alone could reach!

Just as there were (and are) many facets to Queen there are many to this book. Mike Dawson was born in England and was then uprooted to America as an 11-year-old, which gives the early childhood point of view Queen's maximum exposure in 1980's Britain to the more muted appreciation of them in 1980's America. Queen are rightly regarded as megastars in the USA with multi-Platinum albums to match but from 1982 (Hot Space!) to 1992 (Waynes's World) they weren't as popular in the U.S. as they were in Europe, South America and so on. Thanks to Bohemian Rhapsody being used by Mike Myers in Wayne's World, Queen suddenly found themselves back in vogue and back in the U.S. Top Ten - all of which is covered well in this book.

This book is one I highly recommend and suggest Queen fans and music fans in general will enjoy. Even Wham! and George Michael fans!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big ol' pot of emotion. 18 Jun 2009
By Moog
Format:Hardcover
I loved this book. I'm a HUGE Queen fan and have been throughout my life and as such identified completely with Mike.
It filled me with all kinds of emotions, the joy of the music, the young feelings of having something personal and special and the heart wrenching agony that was Freddie'd death.
Don't expect a Queen biography, expect a very personal tale of how one person's passion for a single 'perfect' thing has wound itself around one man's like completely.
A great read for anyone, for a Queen fan, I'd say essential.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On the other hand 21 April 2009
By Mr
Format:Hardcover
A great read, as an auto biography there's something for everybody to relate to. If you're a Queen fan then I think there's enough to reflect on, looking at the impact the band had on their fans (and the author in particular). As a comic fan, there's a scattering of occasional geeky references to Quantum Leap and John Byrne's X-Men.
Give it a try!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The comic goes on...and on...and on 29 Dec 2013
By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Freddie & Me is Mike Dawson's autobiography framed by his love of the rock band, Queen. Mike lived in England for a few years as a kid, fell in love with the music the first time he heard it, and then his parents moved the family to America where he's lived since.

I'm a fan of Mike's podcast, The Ink Panthers Show or TIPS, which he does with fellow cartoonist Alex Robinson (author of Box Office Poison among other comics) where they talk current affairs and funny stories from their lives, ironically with little in the way of comics talk - the show is genuinely funny and I highly recommend it. So I wanted to check out one of his comics as I've read some of Alex's books already, and while I think Freddie & Me is a decent comic, I felt it was flawed mostly for its subject matter.

Simply put, Mike hasn't lived an interesting enough life for it to be documented in such a lengthy comic. A 300 page book where the only thing of note is the author's move from the UK to the USA while a kid, and then obsessing over Queen, is not enough to justify or sustain it. I know everyone thinks their lives are fascinating but mostly they're not and Mike's certainly isn't. Honestly, it's an ordinary life and without anything of particular note that makes it stand out from others.

Take for example, Alison Bechdel's Fun Home, the story of growing up in a funeral home, discovering she was gay, and that her father's suicide was linked to his own homosexuality which was repressed. Or David Small's Stitches, which is about the author's fight against cancer at a young age and rendered speechless through multiple surgeries while his parents' marriage crumbled around him. These are just a couple of comic book autobiographies that contain unique and fascinating stories that are worth reading about.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and moving 14 Sep 2012
By Jo Bennie VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
An interesting chronicle of life lived with an obsession with Queen. Mike Dawson is born Scottish but grows up in the Midlands before moving with his family to America, where Queen are virtually unknown. Like many of us of the same generation he describes the first time he saw the groundbreaking band on television with their strange videos and Mercury's awesome voice. I liked the nice touches of Mike's parents giving him his first Queen album on tape. Relations with family and the tensions of growing up with an older brother and younger sister are well narrated.
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