I Love Led Zeppelin
I Love Led Zeppelin is a long-awaited collection of strips by the Harvey and Eisner Award-nominated cartoonist Ellen Forney. This book includes full-page comics published in prestigious weeklies such as the L.A. Weekly and Seattle's The Stranger, as well as the leading feminist magazine Bust, and the Oxford American. Her strips are characterized by bold, sensual brushstrokes and striking images of powerful, butt-kicking women. While most of the stories sprang from Forney's own inspiration, some are collaborations with such luminaries as comedian Margaret Cho, novelist (and Al Gore's daughter) Kristin Gore, writer and editor Dan Savage, writers David Schmader and Tamara Paris, Forney's beloved Grandma Florence, and Camille Paglia. Several of Forney's strips fall into the "How-To" category, although this is not your standard advice column fare: topics range from the practical ("How to Tip Your Server") to the whimsical ("How to Twirl Your Tassles in Opposite Directions") to the fascinating but hopefully never-needed ("How to Sew On an Amputated Finger"). Other strips include "The Final Soundtrack," a death fantasy involving blood, glamour, and Led Zeppelin; "How to Smoke Pot and Stay Out of Jail"; "How to Talk About Drugs with Your Kid"; "How to Fuck a Woman with Your Hands"; "How to Be a Fabulous Fag Hag" (an illustrated interview with Margaret Cho); "Seattle's Erotic Landmarks"; and "Memories of Love," a graphic tour of Courtney Love's rise and fall of celebritydom.

I Love Led Zeppelin Details

TitleI Love Led Zeppelin
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 17th, 2006
PublisherFantagraphics
ISBN-139781560977308
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Graphic Novels Comics, Glbt, Queer, Comix, Music

I Love Led Zeppelin Review

  • Imogen
    January 1, 1970
    I have such a crush on Ellen Forney. Seriously. It's gross. I want to do it with Ellen Forney and Justin Hall at the same time. Uh, I've gotta go.
  • Meen
    January 1, 1970
    I was a Led Zeppelin FREAK in high school!(And it never hurts to get more pointers on how to fuck a woman with your hands.)
  • jess
    January 1, 1970
    ellen forney's comics are hotter than five-star curry (?) and there's a reasonably good chance they could cause some panty-dropping. there's an adorable scrabble-playing gramma alongside all the homos you could shake a stick at. hair cuts, love stories, courtney love, military funerals, and a smattering of drug stories: this is the material of our lives. forney's comics tell us something about how we feel about the world. she gives us one moment to decide for ourselves - funny, or tragic? dan sa ellen forney's comics are hotter than five-star curry (?) and there's a reasonably good chance they could cause some panty-dropping. there's an adorable scrabble-playing gramma alongside all the homos you could shake a stick at. hair cuts, love stories, courtney love, military funerals, and a smattering of drug stories: this is the material of our lives. forney's comics tell us something about how we feel about the world. she gives us one moment to decide for ourselves - funny, or tragic? dan savage's First Time with a dude is here, alongside an almost-date with Camille Paglia. i laughed a lot, especially at the illegal drug stories, and i wanted to take the book and put it in the hands of someone i care about, and ask them to read it and then wait smugly for their Thank You, handshakes, hugs, and joyful tears. i got it from the library, though, so i can't actually give this copy to someone. i hope that, instead, you will go and find a copy of these comics, and read it yourself, and then thank me.
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  • Stewart Tame
    January 1, 1970
    Ellen Forney's work makes me happy. I stumbled across a copy of I Was Seven in '77 in a comics shop years ago, and have been a fan ever since. This volume collects comics that have presumably appeared in various places over the years. Some were done in collaboration with others, but most were done solo. The book kicks off with a section devoted to How To strips, as Ellen explains how to do various things. Where else but in an Ellen Forney comic would one find instructions on how to put on stripp Ellen Forney's work makes me happy. I stumbled across a copy of I Was Seven in '77 in a comics shop years ago, and have been a fan ever since. This volume collects comics that have presumably appeared in various places over the years. Some were done in collaboration with others, but most were done solo. The book kicks off with a section devoted to How To strips, as Ellen explains how to do various things. Where else but in an Ellen Forney comic would one find instructions on how to put on stripper pasties and then get the tassels to spin in opposite directions? Probably my favorite piece in the book is the one she did in collaboration with Ariel Schrag about hair. There's just something about the rhythm of the dialogue and the way the art works with it that just shines. Ellen Forney is like a cool older sister who has a gift for explaining things without making you feel stupid or ashamed for asking. I recommend all of her books, but this one makes a pretty darn good starting point.
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  • Tatiana
    January 1, 1970
    SWOON. I want to be Ellen when I grow up. This is the coolest, most beautiful, most inspiring book of art ever. Her brushwork knocks me over with a 2x4. The beautiful paper used makes her formerly-newsprint-published work gleam like the magnificent museum-quality specimen it is. ALL HAIL ELLEN FORNEY!
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  • Erika
    January 1, 1970
    Hilarious. Fantastically gay and hilarious. There is a how to section in the beginning and if I had never made it past those pages I still would have given it 5 stars. Who doesn't want to know how to twirl your tassels in opposite directions or become a successful call girl?
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  • Michael
    January 1, 1970
    This book collects mostly one-page (though a few are up to eight pages) strips that Ellen Forney has written & illustrated for various sources, mostly alt-weekly newspapers. Common themes involve gayness, drug use and fetish culture. It's a great book - and considering that I don't have much of a personal connection to any of the three recurring themes (though there are exceptions, humorous anecdotes, dating stories, etc.), beyond knowing people, it's impressive how much Forney allowed me to This book collects mostly one-page (though a few are up to eight pages) strips that Ellen Forney has written & illustrated for various sources, mostly alt-weekly newspapers. Common themes involve gayness, drug use and fetish culture. It's a great book - and considering that I don't have much of a personal connection to any of the three recurring themes (though there are exceptions, humorous anecdotes, dating stories, etc.), beyond knowing people, it's impressive how much Forney allowed me to connect with what she was doing. First, she plays everything absolutely straight, never imposing her viewpoints or ideals on the audience. You bring your own baggage to each tale. Second, her cartooning is so lively and playful that you feel the humanity behind every single thing that you read, including "how to heroin detox." The layouts are very imaginative, using traditional comics, diagrams, and creative layouts to communicate lots of information.It's a fun, upbeat, engaging book. The strips are all very dense and it's a little hard to read in a single sitting, but it's worth looking for.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    It was fun to read this now, as someone who was alive, but a kid during the main years these comics were written. And also fun having lived in Seattle, and knowing about some of the people (Dan Savage!) and places. Times have changed, but maybe not so much. I do like Forney’s drawing style, too.
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  • Mark Desrosiers
    January 1, 1970
    First section offers pragmatic instructions that say more than what they're really saying ("How to Twirl Your Tassels in Opposite Directions", "How to Fold the Flag and Present it to the Next of Kin", "How to Roller Skate Backwards"). Second section is a handful of bent, heartfelt excursions into blacksmithery, alligator-gazing, and yoga. The section entitled '92-'94 makes you wonder what else you were missing. Includes her date with Camille Paglia and the wonderful metaphor (simile?) (interpret First section offers pragmatic instructions that say more than what they're really saying ("How to Twirl Your Tassels in Opposite Directions", "How to Fold the Flag and Present it to the Next of Kin", "How to Roller Skate Backwards"). Second section is a handful of bent, heartfelt excursions into blacksmithery, alligator-gazing, and yoga. The section entitled '92-'94 makes you wonder what else you were missing. Includes her date with Camille Paglia and the wonderful metaphor (simile?) (interpretive dance?) called "Trapeze". And towards the end you get two revealing collaborations with Dan Savage, plus an odd excursion into Tom Waits backstage at Toad's Place. If you've never encountered Ellen Forney before, this is a great distillation of her genius (yeah I said it): lusty, curious, pro-vice, anti-ideology. Strange, communal, and exuberant. Never depressed, never soggy .. but never cartwheeling or chipper either. Always kinky. This volume is published in large format, more to enhance her details for your gaze.
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  • Brad
    January 1, 1970
    Having read the Stranger for awhile, I feel familiar with Ellen Forney’s comics, but hadn’t read many of them (besides her Lustlab personals gags) until I picked up this book today. I really enjoyed the first section full of various “How to” diagrams—ranging from a guide to erogenous zones to performing a military funeral. Her art reminds me a lot of Joe Sacco’s—it’s heavy on interestingly-lettered text—but she doesn’t crosshatch nearly as much as is a bit more cartoony. Forney is really good a Having read the Stranger for awhile, I feel familiar with Ellen Forney’s comics, but hadn’t read many of them (besides her Lustlab personals gags) until I picked up this book today. I really enjoyed the first section full of various “How to” diagrams—ranging from a guide to erogenous zones to performing a military funeral. Her art reminds me a lot of Joe Sacco’s—it’s heavy on interestingly-lettered text—but she doesn’t crosshatch nearly as much as is a bit more cartoony. Forney is really good at cramming an entire story into a page, kinda like Jessica Abel.The collection drags during her strips from ‘92-94, but I like the collaborations with Dan Savage and David Schmaeder (both also write for the Stranger) toward the end.
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  • Mel
    January 1, 1970
    I came across this very cheap in the fantagraphics sale and as I'm always interested in reading comics by women writers and artists (especially queer ones) so I decided to get it. I enjoyed parts of it but I didn't love it as much as I thought I would. I think this is cause I always prefer comics to cartoon strips, I just want more plot and character development. But there were some funny moments and some that I really did enjoy. (It also explained a bit of Dan Savage's prejudice against bisexua I came across this very cheap in the fantagraphics sale and as I'm always interested in reading comics by women writers and artists (especially queer ones) so I decided to get it. I enjoyed parts of it but I didn't love it as much as I thought I would. I think this is cause I always prefer comics to cartoon strips, I just want more plot and character development. But there were some funny moments and some that I really did enjoy. (It also explained a bit of Dan Savage's prejudice against bisexuals which was interesting) I don't think I will get anything else by Ellen but I'm glad I got this and read it.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    I really wanted to like these comics and some of them I did (the ones about drugs and transvestites towards the back made me giggle), but this book sat on my shelves for months and months. I think it took me so long because It's not a graphic novel with a main character and plot; rather it's alot of fragmented comics. I wasn't lured in by a story. It seemed to me the artist creates alot of her comics for sheer shock and punk value which I guess I can appreciate, but overall I'd say this is a cof I really wanted to like these comics and some of them I did (the ones about drugs and transvestites towards the back made me giggle), but this book sat on my shelves for months and months. I think it took me so long because It's not a graphic novel with a main character and plot; rather it's alot of fragmented comics. I wasn't lured in by a story. It seemed to me the artist creates alot of her comics for sheer shock and punk value which I guess I can appreciate, but overall I'd say this is a coffee table book.
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  • James
    January 1, 1970
    The Pekaresque confessional pieces (the best is about a near-date with Camille Paglia) are combined with quirky and catholic graphic expository non-fiction ("How to Re-attach a finger"). I especially enjoyed the collaboration with Dan Savage relating his first time in drag (Brownie drag at age eight), in which he describes his parents as "alarmingly supportive."
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed everything about this graphic novel, even the panels/story boards that took me out of my comfort zone. I want to BUY a copy of this particular novel, not to mention check out/read the rest of Forney's collection. A talented outspoken voice of (essentially) my generation, This was a fabulous read.
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  • Jenna
    January 1, 1970
    Very fun, and full of life. I don't care if she's doing a comic about yoga or drugs or reattaching a severed finger. Whatever filters through Ellen's brain comes out fun, interesting and full of life.
  • James Specht
    January 1, 1970
    "I Love Led Zeppelin" is a bit of a hodge podge of Ellen Forney's work from the past 15 years or so. It's all interesting and Forney's thick inking style has great stylized (and pretty sexy) lines. It's a lot of fun and her work with Dan Savage is a hoot.
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  • HeavyReader
    January 1, 1970
    This is a fun collection of comics from the great Ellen Forney. I especially like the first part of the book which gives instructions for how to do a bunch of things, like how to reattach severed fingers and how to be a call girl.
  • Steve
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this. The "How To" section was fun and weirdly (wildly) informative. Really liked the page layout and the info design aspects. Lots of great artwork here (reminiscent of the Hernandez Bros. "Love and Rockets" stuff) AND a heartfelt, rambling intro by Serman Alexie.
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  • Elaine Meszaros
    January 1, 1970
    Sweet! Forney illustrates "How to be a Fabulous Fag Hag" with Margaret Cho, "How to Twirl Your Tassels in Opposite Directions" with Teresa Dulse, Forney's almost-kinda date with Camille Paglia and her friend's incredibly embarrassing meeting with Tom Waits. Heckuva good collection.
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  • James
    January 1, 1970
    I love these comics. There's a lot of how-to, like how to make love, how to be a call girl (the honest version), romances, coming-out stories, and lots of fun stories. Real good art too. I absolutely loved these and I gotta read more stuff by Ellen Forney.
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  • Leilani
    January 1, 1970
    Sherman Alexie wrote the forward to this book. That's all I needed to know to read it. Glad I did, because this book is hilarious. Especially her awesome story of her non-date with Camille Paglia. Awkward.
  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    An eclectic series of short comics, many just one page, addressing adult issues such as drugs and sex(orientation, technique, etc.). I enjoyed the longer collaborations more, as there was more story to them, but it was all fascinating.
  • kim
    January 1, 1970
    i just love queer comics. I'll read 'em all!
  • Anna
    January 1, 1970
    Not as great as Marbles, but a quick and fun read.
  • Danielle
    January 1, 1970
    I randomly found this on a table at the library and started flipping through. This is fantastic and funny (and a little dirty).
  • Margaret Ann Paauw
    January 1, 1970
    very funny. I also like her new one.
  • Lloyd
    January 1, 1970
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  • Moll
    January 1, 1970
    I have it. It's signed. I love her work. I just haven't gotten around to reading it yet! :(
  • Manintheboat
    January 1, 1970
    I loved "I was Seven in '75" and was happy to find this at the library (which other branch has it been hiding at?). Very funny, sexy, and educational!
  • Dana Jerman
    January 1, 1970
    I adored this. Coming of age as a feminist is a little easier with Ellen to guide you. Good drawing, smart writing.
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