The rules of dating my daughter
I only wish the author did not have such a strong reaction against tradition.
Dawson chastises and makes fun of the one house that looks “grim” and has a sign on the lawn that says, “Keep Christ in Christmas.” His response was “don’t be such a Grinch” and yet, he wishes for people to celebrate Christmas in their own way.
In Rules for Dating My Daughter, Mike Dawson uses visual storytelling to offer original, compelling, and funny commentary on fatherhood, gun rights, the gender of toys, and staying sane in a world where school shootings and Disney princesses get equal billing.
Rules is the perfect guide to today's vexing mediascape.
I knew I would have a difficult time reading the graphic novel after reading just the first few pages.
Dawson seems to pronounce his opinions and beliefs quite emphatically from the beginning.
I didn't quite understand it, nor did I feel it was cohesive with the rest of the overall story.
His layouts alternate between the spareness of the piece linked above and dense, dark panels full of intensive detail.
I wonder if Dawson carries a sense of guilt because he is white and male?
I am a minority female, yet I do not wish any white man to feel insecure or guilty about being who he is.
I did not realize it was about a father who, as Julia Wertz of New Yorker puts it, a father who "is just as confused and anxious about [raising kids] as every parent is, or should be." With that description, one can determine the graphic novel's theme.
Dawson does appear to be confused and anxious about some of the worldly issues that can plague a father's' hopes and ambitions of raising girls.