The usual gang of misfits. From left to right: Victor, Clover, Bleu, Alan, Erin.note Not pictured: Monkeyboy and Risa.
Blue Monday is a comic series (comprised of small strips, short stories, and longer multi-issue arcs) written and drawn by Chynna Clugston, an indie rock and pop-culture fanatic. The series revolves around Bleu L. Finnegan, a teenager living in early 90's California, her friends, and their misadventures.Published by Oni Press (who are better known for releasing works by Kevin Smith, Bryan Lee O'Malley, Paul Dini, and Jim Mahfood), most of the stories are slice-of-life fare (school, parties, concerts, pranks, going for pizza, dates), with the occasional supernatural oddness thrown in (floating Jesus heads, a not-so-imaginary Scottish Pooka in the form of a giant otter...) amid the various fart and sex jokes. Aside from its unique blend of Japanese and American humor and subject matter, Blue Monday is also notable for having the main title and the title of each chapter being the title of a song. And while it's drawn in the style of a Japanese manga, the content is purely American.The first installments came out in the late 90's as mini-strips in Oni Comics Presents, but new arcs pop up now and again, the latest being 2008's "Thieves Like Us". The Author has stated that she'll keep making new installments as they pop into her head.
Provides Examples Of:
A-Cup Angst: Bleu rarely gripes about her less-than-ample chest, though losing a contest for Adam Ant tickets because she didn't have big ones that she was willing to expose stung quite a bit...
Adults Are Useless: Very averted. Not only do the adults play crucial (if minor) roles, but they're always one step ahead of the kids when it comes to their misbehavior.
All Girls Want Bad Boys: Averted. None of the main female cast seem at all interested in jocks or "playas". Bleu even goes so far as to wonder where all the Paul Weller wannabes are... before meeting and crushing on Mister Bishop, who for all intents and purposes is a Cool Nerd who isn't anywhere near "badboy" enough to take advantage of her feelings even if he wanted to.
Whenever Chynna Clugston-Major does a comic for another series, keep your eyes peeled for the cast of Blue Monday. Clover, Bleu, Erin, and Alan (with Victor in the background) can be found searching for the Teen Titans in Teen Titans Go! #38, and have their own table in the background of a panel in Ultimate Marvel Team-Up. (Note that the coloring is off; Bleu's recognizable blue hair is given to Alan, while she has pink hair).
A picture she drew for Nickelodeon Magazine's "The Comic Book" in February of 2005 features a character with Victor's distinctive sideburns.
Cycle of Revenge: And HOW! Never, EVER tape a girl bathing and show people. You'll lose your porn collection in a ball of fire. Of course, if you made copies, don't let the girl know or she and her friends will beat the shit out of you in front of the whole school during a rigged soccer match. Of course, by that point, you're justified in sending a copy to air on local cable access. And this isn't even taking into account the mass TP-ing of a house or the pube-burgers!
Good Bad Girl: Erin is notorious for having her blinds always open for boys to see her get undressed or in her underwear (to the point that Clover's dad knows about it), wears nighties and sexy lingerie to get Alan's attention, but he lampshades this by pointing out that she's "pure as the driven snow, no mater how you try to hide it!". Her goodness unquestionably dies out come Absolute Beginners, though.
The first volume is named after The Who's "The Kids Are Alright". Its three chapters are "There's No Other Way" by blur, "Substitute", also by The Whonote and later covered by David Bowie and The Ramones, among others, and "Try This for Sighs" by Adam Ant who appears in the story.
The second volume is titled after David Bowie, "Absolute Beginners", with "Something About You" by Level 42, "Favorite Shirts" by Haircut 100 (alternately titled "Boy Meets Girl"), "To Sir With Love" by Lulu, and "Hands Off, She's Mine" by The English Beat making up the chapter titles.
The third volume is named after The Cure's "Inbetween Days" and contains chapters titled after "Dead Man's Party" by Oingo Boingo, the band The Blue Belles, The Cure's "Lovecats", and "Nobody's Fool" by Cinderella, which itself is made up of two parts, "Everything's Gone Green" by New Order and "Everybody Plays the Fool" by The Main Ingredient.
The fourth volume is titled "Painted Moon" after The Silencers' song, with the chapters "How Soon is Now?" by The Smiths, "Pictures of Lily" by The Who, "Blues Before and After" by The Smithereens, and "I Confess" by The English Beat.
The title of the fifth, most recent volume is "Thieves Like Us", after another New Order song.
Love Dodecahedron: Let's see: Bleu likes Mister Bishop, who doesn't seem to have a romantic interest. Both Victor and Alan like Bleu, but Victor actually prefers Clover, who sorta likes Victor back but is in denial about it. Erin likes Alan but doesn't stand a chance with him, so she tries to hook Victor and Bleu up so that Alan can't have Bleu. Monkeyboy seems to like Erin but would probably take anyone he could.
Love Letter Lunacy: Victor writes Clover a romantic letter asking her to the dance.. too bad he stuffs it in the wrong locker! It's later revealed that In Between Days that Clover did get the letter in her locker but was so angered by Victor writing the letter in such a sneaky way (leaving off the name to better his chances of getting a date from the three main girls) that she stuffed it into Sally's locker.
Not-So-Imaginary Friend: Shamus the Pooka seems to be a hallucination, until it's revealed that other people can smell him, and that Clover can SEE him, despite saying that she couldn't (turns out she was just messing with Bleu's head)
One Judge to Rule Them All: Bleu sings her heart out during a contest to try and win Adam Ant tickets... but she loses by default because another girl (who confused A.A. for a "Skay" artist) had bigger tits and allowed herself to be subjected to a wet t-shirt contest.
Radio Contest: Bleu tries this several times to get Adam Ant tickets.
As noted, the chapter titles are all taken from songs.
Also a couple to John Hughes films. Victor describes his first Valentine's Dance as having him stand by the wall "like the losers in Sixteen Candles", and Clover's prized possession is a copy of Some Kind of Wonderful, which she is seen watching in a later chapter.