I’m just going to come right out and say it: Freddie & Me: A Coming-of-Age (Bohemian) Rhapsody by Mike Dawson is one of the best graphic novels I have read in a long time. I’ll explain more later but first…a brief synopsis.
This graphic novel follows the author, Mike Dawson, from the moment he discovers the rock band, Queen, in his suburban England home to present day. In the middle of the book, Dawson and his family leave England for New Jersey after his father takes a new job. The book does a wonderful job detailing the emotion involved in uprooting a family from their home. At first, Dawson feels alienated from the rest of the students. In the end, it is his love for Queen that defines him and shapes his identity in America. The book really gets you when Dawson finds out that Queen’s lead singer Freddie Mercury has died from complications due to AIDS. It is then, that you see just how interconnected Dawson and Queen really are.
OK, so let’s get back to my original idea. Simply put, I just loved this book and I highly recommend it for any age. At first, I thought it had something to do with how this book sort of parallels my own personal life. However, as I thought about it more and more I realized that what really drew me to the book was just how human the characters are. You can’t help but feel a connection to what these characters are going through. It does a great job of summing up what life is like for us everyday people.
For more on Mike Dawson, check out his website: http://www.mikedawsoncomics.com