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From Liz Prince, creator of Alone Forever, Tomboy, and Will You Still Love Me If I Wet The Bed?, comes a collection of comics about life through a punk-rock lens. Often humorous, sometimes poignant, and almost always embarrassing, these autobiographical stories are an essential addition to your LIZ-brary. Enjoy!


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From Liz Prince, creator of Alone Forever, Tomboy, and Will You Still Love Me If I Wet The Bed?, comes a collection of comics about life through a punk-rock lens. Often humorous, sometimes poignant, and almost always embarrassing, these autobiographical stories are an essential addition to your LIZ-brary. Enjoy!

58 review for Be Your Own Backing Band: Comics about Music by Liz Prince

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dave Schaafsma

    From the truly likeable Liz Prince, the maker of many memoir or diary comics, such as Will You Still Love Me if I Wet the Bed?, Alone Forever and Tomboy, this is a collection of comics from the website If You Make It, and Razorcake magazine. I’m not the ideal audience for this punk-love-fest, as I am one of the previous generation folkies punks love to loathe (and did in some of these very comics!), but I am also of a generation that came together over and through music (you didn’t go to Woodsto From the truly likeable Liz Prince, the maker of many memoir or diary comics, such as Will You Still Love Me if I Wet the Bed?, Alone Forever and Tomboy, this is a collection of comics from the website If You Make It, and Razorcake magazine. I’m not the ideal audience for this punk-love-fest, as I am one of the previous generation folkies punks love to loathe (and did in some of these very comics!), but I am also of a generation that came together over and through music (you didn’t go to Woodstock? Nah, me, neither)**, so I found this fun. Who doesn’t think Liz Prince’s sketchy diy comix are fun?! I like all the as usual self-deprecating stuff about her not being able to play music or sing. I like the fact that she clicks her teeth to her fave songs (“Punk Rock is Ruining my Teeth”). I like all the singing of lyrics at the top of their lungs, anyway, and even if I didn’t know them. I liked "Liz Goes To Fun Fun Fun Fest" – about a close encounter with a fave band. I liked her tribute to women in her life in "Girls Rule." I like some of the collaborative strips done at concerts. I liked it! A Liz Prince comic is always an event for me even when it is a collection of stuff. **But hey, I did see--with M. S., a former student--The Clash, Scratch Acid, and some other groups, in Detroit, in the eighties. The Pogues were a kind of punk/folkie mixed group I saw in Detroit, too, where punks moshed in the pit [that would have been M. S.] and some people rocked with arms around each other in the back [that would have included me].

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    "I guess you had to be there," is the sentence that could be appended to the end of each of these comic essays and diaries about punk rock music, concerts, and comic book conventions. The strips aren't bad, but they feature a lot of bands and individuals I do not know and don't do much to help me get to know them. "I guess you had to be there," is the sentence that could be appended to the end of each of these comic essays and diaries about punk rock music, concerts, and comic book conventions. The strips aren't bad, but they feature a lot of bands and individuals I do not know and don't do much to help me get to know them.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Matt Graupman

    I first discovered Liz Prince's work through the DIY punk site If You Make It (which still hosts some excellent comics and albums, if you're into cool free stuff). So, I was delighted to see that there was finally a collection (put out by DIY punk distributor Silver Sprocket) of her music-related comics from IYMI and her later work for Razorcake magazine, another DIY punk outlet. Liz's passion for pop-punk is infectious and I highly recommend you pop on a little Lifetime or The Descendants and r I first discovered Liz Prince's work through the DIY punk site If You Make It (which still hosts some excellent comics and albums, if you're into cool free stuff). So, I was delighted to see that there was finally a collection (put out by DIY punk distributor Silver Sprocket) of her music-related comics from IYMI and her later work for Razorcake magazine, another DIY punk outlet. Liz's passion for pop-punk is infectious and I highly recommend you pop on a little Lifetime or The Descendants and read this excellent collection. FAVORITES: "Liz Goes To Fun Fun Fun Fest" - Liz recounts the time she got really close to one of her favorite bands. "I Date Band Dudes" - An exploration of the perks and downsides to dating musicians. "Girls Rule" - A loving shout out to all the females that made tomboy Liz realize that girls are the best.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Maggie Gordon

    I love Liz Prince, but I don't think I am quite the audience for this book. Be Your Own Backing Band is a collection of strips mostly revolving around music... though specifically punk music. My geekiness doesn't extend in that direction, but there were fortunately other comics that didn't require an understanding of who a bunch of bands were. Still very Liz Prince, but your mileage may vary depending on your music interests. I love Liz Prince, but I don't think I am quite the audience for this book. Be Your Own Backing Band is a collection of strips mostly revolving around music... though specifically punk music. My geekiness doesn't extend in that direction, but there were fortunately other comics that didn't require an understanding of who a bunch of bands were. Still very Liz Prince, but your mileage may vary depending on your music interests.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Meredith Ann

    Liz Prince's stuff is always a hit in my books. (Get it? Hit cause it's about music? And book cause it's a book!) Liz Prince's stuff is always a hit in my books. (Get it? Hit cause it's about music? And book cause it's a book!)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    Liz Prince and I don't like the same music at all, but her enthusiasm is infectious and I want to hang out with her. Liz Prince and I don't like the same music at all, but her enthusiasm is infectious and I want to hang out with her.

  7. 5 out of 5

    J.T.

    I reread this one 'cause Silver Sprocket put out a colorized version. Pretty sure I left a review for the black & white edition. Liz Prince comics are always entertaining. I reread this one 'cause Silver Sprocket put out a colorized version. Pretty sure I left a review for the black & white edition. Liz Prince comics are always entertaining.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mehsi

    First up, thank you to my fiance for giving me this book for my birthday! I wanted this book so badly, I just adore Liz's comics, and this one promised more punk and more rock. I loved reading about how Liz's life was surrounded by punk/rock, even though she herself couldn't sing/do instruments. I loved seeing her go to concerts in every place, see her travel with friends, see her with her boyfriend (various as the stories take place over a wide range of time), see her do all sorts of things for First up, thank you to my fiance for giving me this book for my birthday! I wanted this book so badly, I just adore Liz's comics, and this one promised more punk and more rock. I loved reading about how Liz's life was surrounded by punk/rock, even though she herself couldn't sing/do instruments. I loved seeing her go to concerts in every place, see her travel with friends, see her with her boyfriend (various as the stories take place over a wide range of time), see her do all sorts of things for bands, read how she found out about punk/rock and how she got into the scene. I had tons of fun to read, and I would highly recommend this fun book to everyone. Now I just need Liz's other book: Look Back and Laugh to make my collection complete (for now).

  9. 5 out of 5

    Diana Welsch

    I love Liz Prince's work. Even though our musical taste only overlaps a little, this book still made me laugh because it's full of that Liz Prince charm and humor. Plus, my hubby got it signed by Liz Prince herself when he bought it for me at a small comic convention in Los Angeles, so that's pretty cool! I love Liz Prince's work. Even though our musical taste only overlaps a little, this book still made me laugh because it's full of that Liz Prince charm and humor. Plus, my hubby got it signed by Liz Prince herself when he bought it for me at a small comic convention in Los Angeles, so that's pretty cool!

  10. 4 out of 5

    David Thomas

    I love Liz Prince but I feel like this is her weakest work. It's mostly about pop punk, about which I know next to nothing, so that doesn't help. I get the general vibes in that I'm pretty into industrial music which is pretty niche these days, but still. I love Liz Prince but I feel like this is her weakest work. It's mostly about pop punk, about which I know next to nothing, so that doesn't help. I get the general vibes in that I'm pretty into industrial music which is pretty niche these days, but still.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Emilia P

    I wish I were cool like Liz Prince. But *is she cool*? Yes. Yes she is. Nerd cool. YEAH. But also this kind of just made me want to read more Snakepit, most meanderingly punky punk of them all -- I think there's a Snakepit sighting in here. :) I wish I were cool like Liz Prince. But *is she cool*? Yes. Yes she is. Nerd cool. YEAH. But also this kind of just made me want to read more Snakepit, most meanderingly punky punk of them all -- I think there's a Snakepit sighting in here. :)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Megan Kirby

    quick & fun. if you like liz prince you'll like these strips. quick & fun. if you like liz prince you'll like these strips.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Brian Spath

    Such a fun collection and a great insight into Liz’s life. Provides great Googling fodder for bands and songs, much to Liz’s dismay I’m sure.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Katie Ouellette

    Fun memoir of comics about Prince's experiences with concerts, festivals, and growing up with DIY punk scene. Boston natives will rejoice and then sadly reminisce about the local venues that pop up throughout but have since closed. Fun memoir of comics about Prince's experiences with concerts, festivals, and growing up with DIY punk scene. Boston natives will rejoice and then sadly reminisce about the local venues that pop up throughout but have since closed.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Potassium

    This was fun. I feel like Liz Prince and I would be friends. :)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Gary Lee

    After the fantastic long-form comic Tomboy, this seemed more like a stopgap to hold people over until Prince publishes something bigger/better.

  17. 5 out of 5

    David Macpherson

    Awesome collection of comics mostly from Razor Cake. It is geeky and sincere work.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ben

    I'd give it a 2.5 but I rounded up since I'm a nice guy. It was fine. I didn't get most of it because I'm not into punk music at all. But I can appreciate the drawings and the general themes. I'd give it a 2.5 but I rounded up since I'm a nice guy. It was fine. I didn't get most of it because I'm not into punk music at all. But I can appreciate the drawings and the general themes.

  19. 4 out of 5

    lucy black

    Maybe I would have liked this punk fan memoir more if it was my local bands or scene? I would definitely have liked it more if it had explored the politics of her scene and the relationship and gendered issues etc I found it kindof boring and shallow...

  20. 5 out of 5

    Carla A

    Liz Prince need one say more?

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    Fun Liz Prince Comics! I got a signed copy and I love it!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jesse

    Heck yeah

  23. 5 out of 5

    Comics Alternative

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  24. 4 out of 5

    Dee

    Found a LOT of amazing underground bands through reading this book. The art is adorable and entertaining. And also Liz Prince is awesome. Loved it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kerri A.

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    Carly

  28. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

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    Jessica

  30. 5 out of 5

    John

  31. 5 out of 5

    J.T.

  32. 5 out of 5

    Aaron Brassea

  33. 4 out of 5

    Jason Trent

  34. 4 out of 5

    Marie

  35. 5 out of 5

    Alec Longstreth

  36. 4 out of 5

    Anne

  37. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

  38. 5 out of 5

    Dustin

  39. 4 out of 5

    Emma

  40. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

  41. 5 out of 5

    Keegan Allen

  42. 5 out of 5

    Brian

  43. 5 out of 5

    Todd Cumpston

  44. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

  45. 5 out of 5

    Holly

  46. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

  47. 4 out of 5

    Sam

  48. 5 out of 5

    Brent Lipinski

  49. 4 out of 5

    Marianne

  50. 5 out of 5

    Sandy D.

  51. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

  52. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

  53. 5 out of 5

    Taylor

  54. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Schwartz

  55. 5 out of 5

    Summer

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    Dana

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    Dreadful Booley

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    Jennifer

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