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David Heatley's edgy, irreverent comics have appeared everywhere from the New York TImes editorial page and the cover of the New Yorker magazine, to comic anthologies and picture frames. His new book entitled, "My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down"  is an innovative take on an autobiographical graphic memoir. Artfully edited, brutally honest, and highly entertaining, Heatley confronts everything from his relationship with his parents to his first sexual experiences, his personal realizations about biases and race, and the experience of becoming a parent himself. It's worth trying to check out Heatley's live appearences, where his personal twist on author readings features his live performance of songs from the book's accompanying "mini-soundtrack" out on WonderSound Records. (He's also been known to bust out a breakdance.) The soundtrack is a great way to get to get to know the artist with catchy songs with sharp lyrics, blending pop, hip hop and indie rock. It includes a cover of the classic Ramone's hit that gives the book it's title, as well as a number of carefully crafted, soulful originals; (his dad's background vocals will be a special treat to those who've enjoyed the book). Also check out the music video for "My Brain is Hanging Upside Down."

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Doug says:
“Soundtrack is great, in rotation on my ipod.”
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