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Updated: Jun 24, 2021

Writer: Neil Gaiman

Adaptation, Art & Lettering: Fábio Moon & Gabriel Bá

Publisher: Dark Horse

How to Talk to Girls at Parties (tpb), cover, Dark Horse, Gaiman/Moon/Bá


A Neil Gaiman short story adapted for comics.

Two teenage boys go to a party. Things get weird.

This one’s kind of hard to place. Maybe Can’t Hardly Wait meets Weird Science?

WHAT'S IT ABOUT? (Minor Spoilers)

A couple guys in their mid-teens go to a party, looking for a girl they know. One of the guys, our protagonist, is very shy. His friend, who is more charismatic, wants to get him to talk to some of the girls at the party.

You know. Like normal high school boys at normal high school parties.

The girls at the party are acting a little weird, though. Whether that’s because of our protagonist’s awkwardness, or her specific personality, or some other reason is uncertain. But this is a short story, so I don’t want to say much more out of fear of spoiling it.


  • It was such a good story, it’s being released TODAY as a major motion picture!

  • The creative team does a spectacular job capturing how alien girls seem to teenage boys

  • Moon & Bá adapted this story from one of Neil Gaiman’s books of short stories, did the art AND lettered it, which is highly praiseworthy

  • The vibrant watercolor brings an organic feel that really brings life to the story

  • If you like Neil Gaiman and/or you are or were a teenage guy, you’ll probably enjoy this

  • It’s a short, self-contained story, so you don’t have to feel like you’re signing up to read a whole series


  • Some adult themes, so I’d say this works better for mid-teen audiences

  • It feels very Gaiman, so if you’re decidedly not into his style, this isn’t for you

How to Talk to Girls at Parties (tpb), page 1, Dark Horse, Gaiman/Moon/Bá


I loved this, and I think you should read it.

It’s short, and it’s sweet and it’s sinister in a Neil Gaiman sort of way. If that's your jam, this will be, too.


If you like the writing:

  • The Sandman, Vol. 1 by Gaiman, Kieth & Dringenberg

  • Scott Pilgrim, Vol. 1 by Bryan O’Malley & Nathan Fairbairn

  • Avengers Arena by Dennis Hopeless & Kev Walker

If you like the art:​

  • Casanova, Vol. 1 by Fraction, Moon & Bá

  • Black Widow, Vol. 1 by Nathan Edmondson & Phil Noto

  • Harrow County, Vol. 1 by Cullen Bunn & Tyler Crook


Neil Gaiman – Writer

  • Name Recognition: Incredibly well respected for his achievements in comics, literature & more

  • His comics, novels and books of short stories are wildly popular and several have been adapted for TV & film

  • Married to talented musician Amanda Palmer

Fábio Moon – Adaptation, Art & Lettering

  • Dream Team: Often works with Gabriel Bá (who is his brother), and they have worked with comic heavyweights like Frank Miller & Will Eisner

  • Has 15 years’ experience working in comics

  • Outlander: Lives in Brazil

Gabriel Bá – Adaptation, Art & Lettering

  • Dream Team: Has also worked with his brother, Fábio Moon, on other projects, like Casanova, The Umbrella Academy & Daytripper

  • Outlander: Lives in Brazil


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