Wake the F#ck Up starts as a storybook parody of best-seller Go the F#ck to Sleep. In lyrical tones, parents encourage their kids to get out of bed and out the door, to put down their games and pick up their books. But after years of blank, sleepy stares and passive aggressive sloth, the parents explode into expletives and kick their 20-somethings out the door. Then, Wake the F#ck Up transforms into a comic book in which the next generation takes over, as we see the same story from their point of view.
While reading this, I can honestly say I didn’t really get what was going on. It starts off as a children’s book parody and then recycles the artwork into a comic-style story. I believe I got the main message, but it took a few read-throughs to fully grasp what was going on. These two kids start off doing what kids do, slack off on homework and play video games all day. However as the years go on, the real world is quickly approaching and the two kids, who are teens now, are still stuck in their old ways. As they get older, their parents find these quirks less and less endearing and are forced to enact some tough love. I’m sure many people out there can identify with this very situation and probably regret getting to that point in the first place. So, if anything, this a great wake-up call for all of the slacker kids out there.
Perhaps I’m just dense, but like I said, it took me a few tries to get the message. I mean it starts one way and then switches to a different format half-way through. I think that’s what threw me the most, the format switch. I guess it was kind of necessary to showcase both points of view, but it just confused me more than anything. In all honesty, I didn’t really know what this story was at first, since it’s a far cry from Zenescope’s usual fair. The artwork was different, as it was more of a traditional painted style, but I wouldn’t say that it really stood out for me all that much. The prose side of the story was pretty straightforward. The comic side, from the kids’ perspective got a little too jumbled and hard to follow. At times I didn’t really know who was talking to whom, which really brought me out of the story. This is definitely a thinker, more of an artistic piece than entertainment and will be a great eye-opener for people all over, but it definitely could have been laid out a little more clearly, at least for someone with my mindset.
Wake The F#ck Up captures the essence of the slacker generation and shines a light on how both sides of the argument deal with the same situation. It creates a new medium through which families and soon-to-be families can learn from and really make them think about how things are viewed from each perspective. It’s great to have fun and want to slack off, but kids, as you get older you’re just gonna have to Wake The F#ck Up! For more info on where to pick up this book, check out the Zenescope website or the Zenescope Facebook page.
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