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From New York Times bestselling author and artist Reza Farazmand, his first graphic novel about a young monster who moves to a big city City Monster is set in a world of supernatural creatures and follows a young monster who moves to the city. As he struggles to figure out his future, his new life is interrupted by questions about his mysterious roommate--a ghost who can't From New York Times bestselling author and artist Reza Farazmand, his first graphic novel about a young monster who moves to a big city City Monster is set in a world of supernatural creatures and follows a young monster who moves to the city. As he struggles to figure out his future, his new life is interrupted by questions about his mysterious roommate--a ghost who can't remember the past. Joined by their neighbor, a vampire named Kim, they explore the city, meeting a series of strange and spooky characters and looking for answers about life, memories, and where to get a good beer. With Reza's signature style, and familiar snark, this graphic novel is equal parts irreverent and insightful, the perfect vehicle for conveying the utter absurdity of our bizarre and confusing times.


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From New York Times bestselling author and artist Reza Farazmand, his first graphic novel about a young monster who moves to a big city City Monster is set in a world of supernatural creatures and follows a young monster who moves to the city. As he struggles to figure out his future, his new life is interrupted by questions about his mysterious roommate--a ghost who can't From New York Times bestselling author and artist Reza Farazmand, his first graphic novel about a young monster who moves to a big city City Monster is set in a world of supernatural creatures and follows a young monster who moves to the city. As he struggles to figure out his future, his new life is interrupted by questions about his mysterious roommate--a ghost who can't remember the past. Joined by their neighbor, a vampire named Kim, they explore the city, meeting a series of strange and spooky characters and looking for answers about life, memories, and where to get a good beer. With Reza's signature style, and familiar snark, this graphic novel is equal parts irreverent and insightful, the perfect vehicle for conveying the utter absurdity of our bizarre and confusing times.

30 review for City Monster

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    I love Poorly Drawn Lines, but this graphic novel falls short of that strip in laughs. Written with a childish simplicity and adult language, a monster hangs out with his friends: a ghost and vampire. They decide to find out who the ghost was before he died and trip around for a bit meeting some other supernatural beings. Almost humorous things are said and then the book ends. Disappointing.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bandit

    This was just cute. Really cute. Totes adorbs as the kids say. A short lovely graphic novel about a Sasquatch like monster who trades woods for city life and comes to live in an apartment with built in friends, a ghost for a no rent contributing flatmate and a vampire for a neighbor. Together they set off to solve the mystery of the ghost, who has no memory of how he got to be that way, in a city that has a lovely plethora of various monsters as a city should. Very charming read, both context an This was just cute. Really cute. Totes adorbs as the kids say. A short lovely graphic novel about a Sasquatch like monster who trades woods for city life and comes to live in an apartment with built in friends, a ghost for a no rent contributing flatmate and a vampire for a neighbor. Together they set off to solve the mystery of the ghost, who has no memory of how he got to be that way, in a city that has a lovely plethora of various monsters as a city should. Very charming read, both context and art. Speeds by like a good quicky dream. Recommended.

  3. 5 out of 5

    StephanieNicole

    2.5 stars I usually love everything from Farazmand, but this book wasn't interesting enough or funny enough to entertain me. This wasn't a case where I liked some scenes but didn't like others; the entire story was "meh" to me. I didn't hate it, but I regret purchasing the book. 2.5 stars I usually love everything from Farazmand, but this book wasn't interesting enough or funny enough to entertain me. This wasn't a case where I liked some scenes but didn't like others; the entire story was "meh" to me. I didn't hate it, but I regret purchasing the book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    Reza Farazmand is the author of Poorly Drawn Lines, a short-form webcomic that regularly gets me laughing and screenshotting to share its signature dry humor with friends. When I saw that he was publishing his first graphic novel, I was suddenly and without warning on an indie bookstore’s site clicking ‘add to cart’ 😂 A breezy read at just over 100 pages, City Monster is a charming, delightful book that had me laughing out loud a probably obnoxious amount. The story follows a relatable young for Reza Farazmand is the author of Poorly Drawn Lines, a short-form webcomic that regularly gets me laughing and screenshotting to share its signature dry humor with friends. When I saw that he was publishing his first graphic novel, I was suddenly and without warning on an indie bookstore’s site clicking ‘add to cart’ 😂 A breezy read at just over 100 pages, City Monster is a charming, delightful book that had me laughing out loud a probably obnoxious amount. The story follows a relatable young forest monster turned city monster who’s trying to get his life together, maybe after he takes a nap. Together with his cool vampire neighbor he sets off to help the ghost who haunts his apartment determine who he was before his death. This book was such a treat, just the levity I needed for a quick break from this weird, stressful and sad year. If you need a good laugh or love writing that crosses the space between sarcastic humor and millennial ennui, definitely check out City Monster!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    borrowed this from the library randomly and got something equally random in return :)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ken Yuen

    It's cute and quirky! It's cute and quirky!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Soltys

    A surprisingly sweet story.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    City Monster is a great graphic novel by Poorly Drawn Lines creator Reza Farazmand. It follows a monster who left behind being a forest monster to be a city monster, his ghost "roommate" who doesn't pay rent, and their vampire neighbor Kim. The city monster feels a bit directionless, and when the ghost decides he wants to learn who he was before he died, the three friends set out to find out. City Monster has the same dry sense of humor as Poorly Drawn Lines, which made this a winner in my book. City Monster is a great graphic novel by Poorly Drawn Lines creator Reza Farazmand. It follows a monster who left behind being a forest monster to be a city monster, his ghost "roommate" who doesn't pay rent, and their vampire neighbor Kim. The city monster feels a bit directionless, and when the ghost decides he wants to learn who he was before he died, the three friends set out to find out. City Monster has the same dry sense of humor as Poorly Drawn Lines, which made this a winner in my book. My only complaint is I wish it were a bit longer as I didn't want the story to end.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Blue

    A hilarious, irreverent little romp in a city full of supernatural creatures. Monsters moves to the city to do something different than what his family has done before, to find himself, you could say. When he moves in, he finds a ghost haunting the place. They play video games together. The ghost doesn't remember anything about his past. With the help of a vampire neighbor, Kim, they set out to try to find out the ghost's identity. Random, hilarious, absurd, and comical, the search meanders and A hilarious, irreverent little romp in a city full of supernatural creatures. Monsters moves to the city to do something different than what his family has done before, to find himself, you could say. When he moves in, he finds a ghost haunting the place. They play video games together. The ghost doesn't remember anything about his past. With the help of a vampire neighbor, Kim, they set out to try to find out the ghost's identity. Random, hilarious, absurd, and comical, the search meanders and eventually provides some answers, but perhaps not the ones everyone thought or hoped. The humor is great. The drawings are simple, yet effective. My main complaint, if I am to have one, would be that the story arc of the monster and maybe Kim could have used more development. I wanted more from Kim's vampirism and City Monster to have more of an aha! moment. Recommended for those who like angry cats, cemeteries, pretzels, and mummies.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten

    Honestly, Reza Farazmand could publish the phone book, and I would still buy it and read it. Poorly Drawn Lines is so true to life, so hilarious....I was a bit worried I wouldn't enjoy City Monster as much. I was wrong. It is basically a Poorly Drawn Lines strip that keeps going. I hope he continues this series, so we see more of these character's exploits. Well done, Reza. Signed, Your #1 Fan. Honestly, Reza Farazmand could publish the phone book, and I would still buy it and read it. Poorly Drawn Lines is so true to life, so hilarious....I was a bit worried I wouldn't enjoy City Monster as much. I was wrong. It is basically a Poorly Drawn Lines strip that keeps going. I hope he continues this series, so we see more of these character's exploits. Well done, Reza. Signed, Your #1 Fan.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    Hipster monsters exploring their purpose in life and enjoying the coffee and culture of the city while helping their ghost friend explore its past. Fun premise and loved the humor. The art is in the same simple style as Poorly Drawn Lines, and fits the story well. Short but didn't feel rushed, seemed like the right length for the story. Hipster monsters exploring their purpose in life and enjoying the coffee and culture of the city while helping their ghost friend explore its past. Fun premise and loved the humor. The art is in the same simple style as Poorly Drawn Lines, and fits the story well. Short but didn't feel rushed, seemed like the right length for the story.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    I'm a big fan of Poorly Drawn Lines, but this book, unfortunately, missed the mark for me. A few funny moments, but overall meh. A short, quick read, so it's worth giving it a shot if you're a fan of the author. I'm a big fan of Poorly Drawn Lines, but this book, unfortunately, missed the mark for me. A few funny moments, but overall meh. A short, quick read, so it's worth giving it a shot if you're a fan of the author.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Austin Whipple

    What a TRIP. I felt a little seen by almost every character throughout this book, and it left me feeling really good. The author's humor is more laugh-out-loud funny in his other books, but this was a stretch in a different direction that I found myself enjoying just as much. What a TRIP. I felt a little seen by almost every character throughout this book, and it left me feeling really good. The author's humor is more laugh-out-loud funny in his other books, but this was a stretch in a different direction that I found myself enjoying just as much.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Elaine Fultz

    Minimal dry humor, as expected. I like the comics collections better than this short GN. The ghost repeats its well-known line here, which will amuse followers. Nice, brief escape with some cartoon monsters from 2020's actual nightmares. Minimal dry humor, as expected. I like the comics collections better than this short GN. The ghost repeats its well-known line here, which will amuse followers. Nice, brief escape with some cartoon monsters from 2020's actual nightmares.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I really like Poorly Drawn Lines, but this is basically 80 pages of that. Which means the stakes for everyone are really low or randomly super high and I don't think that works well for a long form story. Mildly amusing short read. I really like Poorly Drawn Lines, but this is basically 80 pages of that. Which means the stakes for everyone are really low or randomly super high and I don't think that works well for a long form story. Mildly amusing short read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Morgan L'Fey

    While Farazmand's style leans heavily in favor of doing more isolated strips (See: Poorly Drawn Lines); City Monster was a fun romp through a world where monsters are possibly more common than people, while mostly being about not knowing who you are---yet. While Farazmand's style leans heavily in favor of doing more isolated strips (See: Poorly Drawn Lines); City Monster was a fun romp through a world where monsters are possibly more common than people, while mostly being about not knowing who you are---yet.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    Simple and somewhat random in its storytelling, Farazmand's brand of dry humor and offbeat observations always entertains me. City Monster draws more strength from individual scenes than the larger plot, but it's worth the read for fans of Poorly Drawn Lines or fans of deadpan comics. Simple and somewhat random in its storytelling, Farazmand's brand of dry humor and offbeat observations always entertains me. City Monster draws more strength from individual scenes than the larger plot, but it's worth the read for fans of Poorly Drawn Lines or fans of deadpan comics.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Beth Wisniewski

    HILARIOUS!!!!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tom

    I loved this book! It was a lot of fun, as all Poorly Drawn Lines work is

  20. 4 out of 5

    Elisabeth

    3.5 stars.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    Filled with the dry humor Farazmand is known for, this short graphic novel is fun and funny. Simple art and weirdness.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nina

    Happy to support the author by preordering the book. It’s cute. I chuckled several times. That was good enough for me.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ravyn

    Funny, quirky, low key

  24. 4 out of 5

    UnicornMurphy

    This book was so much fun. I just wish there was more of it!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Van Oosbree

    W. O. W. I'm not sure what to think after reading this, one character was smoking pot the whole time... which might explain a few things... W. O. W. I'm not sure what to think after reading this, one character was smoking pot the whole time... which might explain a few things...

  26. 5 out of 5

    Heather Culley

    It’s hard to make friends as an adult.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Charles Korb

    This is definitely fun and it is basically a 100 page long Poorly Drawn Lines strip (which is what I was expecting and why I bought it)

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lara

    I just didn't find it as good as the 3 poorly drawn lines books. I felt slightly less attached to the characters, and it was fine, but it wasn't as good as I'd hoped it would be. I just didn't find it as good as the 3 poorly drawn lines books. I felt slightly less attached to the characters, and it was fine, but it wasn't as good as I'd hoped it would be.

  29. 5 out of 5

    H

    This is fantastic and I want everyone in the world to read it and I love it. 1000 heart emojis.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Hilarious!

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