How To Completely Lose Your Mind: A Graphic Novel Memoir of One Indie Band’s Attempt To Break a World Record

Mango. Oct. 2023. 296p. ISBN 9781684813742. pap. $24.99. MEMOIR
This graphic novel memoir recounts the adventures of married couple Jancewicz and Stevenson’s indie rock band, which hopes to break the world record of playing a show in every state of the U.S. in less than 50 days. When Pocket Vinyl starts their incredible tour and takes readers along for the ride, they can’t help but feel breathless as the band gets closer and closer to their goal. When the musicians’ mental health starts to fracture under the pressure of their tour schedule, readers will cheer for them as they find friends in unfamiliar surroundings supporting them with a hot meal here or a sincere gesture there. Sweet illustrations filled with expressive characters and adorable cats make each page engaging.
VERDICT With humor and humility, Jancewicz and Stevenson (creators of the webcomic The Touring Test) share their tale of pursuing a world record via music venues across the 50 states. It’s also sprinkled with tips on packing light for road tripping and how to be a better audience member; young adults and veterans of the indie music scene will find something to love.
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