- Posted by Johanna on July 14, 2013 at 8:55 pm
- Category: Books and Prose
- CREDITS: by Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman
- PUBLISHER: HarperTeen; $9.99 US
The Zits comic strip creators, Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman, are tackling a new format for their characters.
Zits: Chillax is a novel aimed at teens starring Jeremy, the blond dude who features in the strip. It’s not all prose, though — the book is heavily illustrated, with the images sprinkled throughout in a style that reminds me of Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
Jeremy and his buddy Hector are going to the Gingivitis concert, if they get their parents’ permission and their beat-up van (almost a character in itself) starts. Just so this book isn’t all teenage hijinks, they also have to deal with their friend and bandmate Tim finding out that his mom has cancer.
The writing is breezy, full of random observations and evocative language. The images aren’t needed to understand what’s going on, but they contribute to the humor. With more space than the postage stamp-sized comic page has available, they can wallow in more detail about Jeremy’s world. There are some actual comic pages as well, for particular scenes. I found it a quick read but an enjoyable one, particularly if you enjoy laughing with or at teen boys.
There’s another title, Zits: Shredded, planned for next February, and a sneak preview is included in the back of this book. (The publisher provided a review copy.)