We Can Fix it! - a graphic novel time travel memoir

Cartoonist Jess Fink, creator of the erotic Victorian-era robot graphic novel Chester 5000-XYV has a new memoir out called We Can Fix It: A Time Travel Memoir.

It's got a premise that reminds me of something Nicholson Baker would come up with: Fink invents a time machine and travels into the past to visit younger versions of herself to warn herself not to do things that she ended up regretting as an adult. She visits her college-age self and tries to stop her from taking a drug that gives her a bad trip. She tells her high-school-age self not to make out with an unsavory boy. She tries to save her elementary-school-age self from a scary encounter with her mentally ill, violent father when he goes on a rampage with a crowbar. She intervenes dozens of times, but does it do any good? I'll let you read it and decide for yourself.

Unlike Chester 5000-XYV, there's no nudity involved in We Can Fix it!, but it does contain a fair number of scenes in which Fink has sex with versions of herself, and many of the incidents are about Fink's sexual encounters as a teen and young adult. Despite some of the heavy subject matter, Fink tells the story with charm and a light heart and renders it with appealing art.

We Can Fix It: A Time Travel Memoir

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  1. …it does contain a fair number of scenes in which Fink has sex with herself, and many of the incidents are about Fink’s sexual encounters as a teen and young adult.

    So does she commit statutory rape with her younger self? The legal and ethical implications are mind-bending.

      1. I think I can safely say that’s one thing I would not be the least bit tempted to try if I had a time machine. Even if I was into dudes, that would be WAY too much like getting busy with my twin brother.

  2. About time, this book was originally supposed to come out three years ago.

    Jess posted most of the pages to her LiveJournal several years ago, so if you want a preview of the book you can start looking here towards the bottom of the page and keep hitting “later” til you get to March of ’09.  Like Mark said, there’s no nudity in this comic but a lot of her other work is very NSFW.

  3. This implies that she grew in to the type of woman her younger selves would find attractive. This is certainly not true in my case. I’ve grown into some fat bloke and would call the Police if I turned up in the past.

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