I must be honest, when Babak initially called to see if we would stock his comic I was sceptical, in fact I flat-out thought from the nervous description he was a crazy man who had most probably scrawled something crude on a piece of paper and gone at it with the safety scissors. But when I received this and read it I was blown away by how utterly hilarious it actually is. So, Babak, if you re reading this, I m sorry. I was either very wrong or you actually are so crazy, you've gone right through the whole spectrum of crazy and back into sane again. I think that's to your advantage though, as starting a record company by releasing a book is quite unorthodox! Babak's apparently autobiographical comic is genius. Channelling Chris Morris' MY WRONGS #8245-8249 & 117 with the immediacy and charm of Jeffrey Brown s CLUMSY, Babak paints his life as a failure, a washed-up hipster in a one-man band, suffering from an acute case of complacency. All of which would be unremarkable if it were not for the visceral monologues which he constantly finds himself making before quickly realising what he just said out loud to his girlfriend, infant son, or utter stranger is completely inappropriate and slightly frightening. We're introduced to this hapless sad sack in a moment of weakness as he enters a Chinese herbalist and is promptly rinsed for all his worth over a remedy for stress. The remedy, a foul tea, some suspicious pills and rank soup, only stresses him out further as he can't afford the £60 price tag, so falls into debt with the intimidating hard sellers. This debt is further compacted by the fact that he is jobless and his career choice is music. Prospects aren't good when nobody listens to you when you're alone on stage with nothing but a guitar and a beard to hide behind, but they go from bad to worse when electro-rockabilly outfit Robocow are on next. Events spiral, and while he does find work in a hip bar, the care-free attitude of the younger, prettier members of staff only serves to confound him, so when he reluctantly takes cocaine during a Christmas Party (which typically of work parties is in May) he finds himself in an in-depth conversation about the weather for the duration of the high. It's possibly the most realistic drug scene ever made, regardless of the medium. As stated above, this is actually the first release from Babak's record company, and comes with an Original Motion Picture Soundtrack! Featuring: The Bronsteins, Macks Faulkron, Wonderswan, Dignan Porch, Singing Adams, Round Ron Virgin, Dan Michaelson and the Coastguards, Cheatahs, Big Deal, Wet Paint, and Matthew C.H. Tong. Page 45 Comics --http://www.page45.com/world/2010/10/page-45-reviews-october-2010-week-two/
Episodic but utterly appealing, these dire and dolorous everyday antics of a (very) humble contemporary Eeyore offer a gentle, meandering and endearingly self-deprecating ramble through modern life. There s even a free soundtrack CD that comes with this extremely readable fun feast. --http://www.comicsreview.co.uk/nowreadthis/2014/03/28/hilarious-consequences/
About the Author
Babak Ganjei is a musician and writer from East London, where everybody is a musician and writer. He has one published Graphic novel (Hilarious Consequences) and an anthology of three-panel strips (Twit). His latest project has been a re-drawing of the movie Road House as a silent black and white movie. He recently sold a set of twigs on ebay for £62, only for the buyer to refuse to pay.