The Dumbest Idea Ever
by Jimmy Gownley (2014)
At thirteen, Jimmy was popular, at the top of his class, and the leading scorer on his basketball team. But all that changed when chicken pox forced him to miss the championship game. Before Jimmy knew it, his grades were sinking and nothing seemed to be going right.
How did Jimmy turn things around, get back on top at school, and land a date with the cutest girl in class? Renowned comics creator Jimmy Gownley shares his adventures as he grows from an eager-to-please boy into a teenage comic book artist. This is the real-life story of how the DUMBEST idea ever became the BEST thing that ever happened to him.
Graphic Novel Review
The Dumbest Idea Ever is the true story of how Jimmy Gownley wrote and published his own comic as a teenager. It’s intended for younger teens, and the art style reflects that. But if you can get past that, the story has enough depth to appeal to older readers.
Comics fans will love Jimmy’s defense of comics as a literary form to his strict Catholic school teachers. Gownley also captures the joy of a first visit to comic book store nirvana, as well as the process of drawing and producing a full comic. If you love comics, you’ll enjoy Jimmy’s story.
The Dumbest Idea Ever is also a tale of growing up. Jimmy changes schools, makes friends and rivals, and meets his first girlfriend. Any young teen (or nostalgic adult) will relate. What makes Jimmy’s story stand out is the thoughtful exploration of being average. Jimmy goes from being a superstar at a tiny school to being completely average and overlooked at his new school. He struggles to define himself and what he wants, just like every one else. The thoughtful portrayal keeps The Dumbest Idea Ever humble and honest, never indulgent.
* Comic book lovers
* An honest teen memoir
* An uplifting story for teens and tweens
Read for the 2015 Eisner challenge
2015 Eisner Nominee: Best Publication for Teens