A psychiatric case study masquerading as a fancy-pants graphic novel, Misery Loves Comedy collects Ivan Brunetti's early issues (no pun intended)... wait, let's rephrase that. Misery Loves Comedy collects the first three issues of the legendary comic book series Schizo in their entirety, as well as a host of miscellaneous flotsam and jetsam from various anthologies, c. 1992-2005. Readers will find the author's unwitting self-caricature as a paranoid, deluded young man intriguingly repugnant and often chuckle-inducing. Besides Brunetti's trademark nihilism, self-loathing, relentless depression, and inchoate, spittle-soaked misanthropy, these earlier comics offer a dollop of scatology and blasphemy for that extra puerile, lowbrow tang. These are comics for those who enjoy witnessing one man's sanity in its final death rattle, swinging its tail from anhedonia to schadenfreude and back again. Also: lots and lots of filthy jokes.
The 2008 Second Edition features a new color (dark red) for the cloth-bound cover. The First Edition is sold out.
Official Selection Nominee, 37th Festival International de la Bande Desinée d'Angoulême
"I enjoy watching [Brunetti] suffer." – Art Spiegelman
"Brunetti's attempts to deal with his crippling self-hatred and depression on the comics page makes for fascinating if highly unsettling reading. Brunetti is too talented a cartoonist to be easily dismissed. If you're not the sort of person who's easily offended, I highly recommend it." – Harrisburg Patriot-News
"Somehow, by compiling the first three issues of Schizo — letter pages and all — under one cover and including an introduction from his therapist, Brunetti made me look at his comics in a new light. I already thought they were brilliant — Brunetti embodies every cliche of the unhappy indie cartoonist and transcends them through talent and fearlessness — but here they seem even more impressive, a radically brave act of self-expression. Plus, it's all funnier than hell." – Jeff Lester, "Best of 2007," The Savage Critics
"You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll mutter 'down the stream, not across the river' as you lie in a bathtub filled with warm water." – Kevin Church
"The funniest, most bitter comics produced by human kind. It's like getting punched in the face fifty-six times in a row!" – Alex Robinson
"If you are in the mood for bottomless self- and world-hatred expressed through bilous, vertiginous cartooning, Brunetti's unstoppable." – Reason
"I laughed out loud at almost every page at the wonderful mix of lowbrow mixed with highbrow humor. Smart, funny, sacrilegious, and often filled with self-loathing, this graphic novel introduced me to one of my favorite new artists." – "Favorite Graphic Novels of 2007," Largehearted Boy
"Misery Loves Comedy... proves that out of the hundred or so autobiographical cartoonists who’ve lingered like ganglions for over a decade, Brunetti is one of about five that should be doing this kind of work... It is a book that miserable people like myself can really relate to, but I think happy people will love it as well. It doesn’t hurt that Ivan is a master cartoonist." – Chris Reilly, Bookslut "Best of 2007"