Much Ado About Mean Girls – Book Review

42060068Title: William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Mean Girls
Author/Artist: Ian Doescher
Original Publishing Date: April 23rd, 2019
Publisher: Quirk Books
Pages: 176

Quick Synopsis: Mean Girls but make it Shakespeare.

Look, I could absolutely give you a different synopsis but that pretty much says it all. I’m sure everyone has heard of or seen the Mean Girls movie and memes and if you haven’t, just stop reading this post and go watch it because it’s incredible.

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I Moved to Los Angeles to Work in Animation – Book Review

71duytjpb1lTitle: I Moved to Los Angeles to Work in Animation
Author/Artist: Natalie Nourigat
Original Publishing Date: January 1st, 2019
Publisher: BOOM! Box
Pages: 96

Quick Synopsis: An autobiographical graphic novel about Natalie Nourigat’s big decision to pick up the Portland life she was used to and move to sunny Los Angeles.

Ok, I absolutely judged this book by its cover and I loved the cover. The pink hues mixed with the cute character style and cramped LA traffic really spoke to me. While I could gather that this story was autobiographical by the cover of the book, I didn’t really know how it would play it. I assumed it would be a relatively linear narrative but that wasn’t what I got at all.

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The Con Artist – Book Review

the-con-artist-600x900Title: The Con Artist
Author(s): Fred Van Lente
Illustrator: Tom Fowler
Original Publication Date: July 10th, 2018
Publisher: Quirk Books
Number of Pages: 288

Quick Synopsis: A whodunit following a murder in the most popular comic convention in the world, San Diego Comic Con.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

I heard about this book’s release at the beginning of the year and was instantly drawn in by first, the cover art because omg so cute but second, the premise. The story was just so different from what I’ve read before. Not in the sense that I’ve never heard of a mystery involving murder (because that’s definitely been done) but in the sense that, I’VE NEVER READ A BOOK THAT TAKES PLACE AT COMIC CON. It’s like every comic book/suspense/mystery lover’s wet dream.

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Murder on the Lake of Fire – Book review

lakeoffireTitle: Murder on the Lake of Fire (Mourning Dove Mysteries, #1)
Author: Mikel J. Wilson
Original Publication Date: December 1st 2017
Publisher: Acorn Publishing

Synopsis (provided by Acorn Publishing):
At twenty-three and with a notorious case under his belt, Emory Rome has already garnered fame as a talented special agent for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. His career is leapfrogging over his colleagues, but the jumping stops when he’s assigned a case he fought to avoid – to investigate an eerie murder in the Smoky Mountain hometown he had abandoned. This mysterious case of a dead teen ice-skater once destined for the pros is just the beginning. In a small town bursting with envious friends and foes, Rome’s own secrets lie just below the surface. The rush to find the murderer before he strikes again pits Rome against artful private investigator, Jeff Woodard. The PI is handsome and smart, seducing Rome and forcing him to confront childhood demons, but Woodard has secrets of his own. He might just be the killer Rome is seeking.

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Basic Witches – BOOK REVIEW

33589940Title: Basic Witches: How to Summon Success, Banish Drama, and Raise Hell with Your Coven
Author(s): Jaya Saxena and Jess Zimmerman
Illustrator: Camille Chew
Original Publication Date: September 12th, 2017
Publisher: Quirk Books
Number of Pages: 208

Quick Synopsis: An empowering book of spells (and lifestyle tips) for the modern millennial looking to dabble in the rising trend of ~witchcraft.

I immediately fell in love with the cover art by Camille Chew. The mix of colors and realistic yet cartoony interpretations of the modern woman just appealed to me instantly. I didn’t know what to expect from the book at all. I knew nothing about it when I first saw it except that I wanted to read it. I was contacted by someone at Quirk Books and was able to receive a review copy in exchange for my honest review. So here we go!

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The Wendy Project – BOOK REVIEW

WENDY_COVER
Title
: The Wendy Project
Author: Melissa Jane Osborne
Illustrator: Veronica Fish
Original Publication Date: July 18th, 2017
Publisher: Super Genius
Number of Pages: 96

Quick Synopsis: In a modern retelling of Peter Pan, 16-year-old Wendy Davies crashes her car into a lake, losing youngest brother, Michael, to a peculiar flying boy.

This past weekend, we were down in Manhattan Beach when we spotted a Barnes & Noble and of course, had to go in. We wandered around deciding which books to get and which to put back as we both are serious book hoarders and had a pretty fat stack. I was rushing by the Graphic Novel section putting most of my “to buy pile” back on the shelves, when I saw this book faced out between Batman and The Flash. It was the only one and the cover art was too much for me to leave behind. I wanted it. I read the synopsis. I needed it.

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Top 10 Non-Super Hero Comics

Top 10 Tuesdays
Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke & The Bookish back in 2010. Every Tuesday there is a new Top 10 Topic and this week’s prompt is “Top 10 Recommendations For X” and if you can’t tell what I chose by the title, I’m doing:

Top 10 Comics for People That Think Comics are all About Super Heroes

or Top 10 Non-Super Hero Comics, for short. These are in no particular order and I added a few Honorable Mentions at the end as their authors had appeared once on the list already.

top non-superhero comics

  1. Snotgirl Vol. 1 by Bryan Lee O’Malley and Leslie Hung
    Enter the whimsical world of social media maven, Lottie Person as she navigates through fake friends, heartache and murder?
  2. Saga Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
    A space opera to rule them all. When two soldiers from each side of a galactic, hate-fueled war fall in love, they must do everything they can to protect their newly born cargo.
  3. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
    A poignant memoir of coming of age in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.
  4. Wytches Vol. 1 by Scott Snyder and Jock
    An ancient evil waits for the Rook family just beyond the woods of their new home. A much darker and horrifying take on classic witch mythos.
  5. Locke & Key Vol. 1 by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez
    Keyhouse is the fantastical home to an angry creature that will stop at nothing to force open the doors to unspeakable evil.
  6. Maus by Art Spiegelman
    A heartbreaking memoir of a Holocaust survivor and his cartoonist son.
  7. Chew Vol. 1 by John Layman and Rob Guillory
    Tony Chu is an FDA Detective that gets psychic impressions from whatever he eats. Sometimes this means he has to eat a bit of the dead to find where illegal chicken is coming from.
  8. Sex Criminals Vol. 1 by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky
    Suzie is just a typical girl and Jon is a typical boy except they both can stop time when they have sex and like any other person, they use this to their advantage…by robbing banks.
  9. Blankets by Craig Thompson
    A beautiful memoir about Thompson’s battle with faith and coming of age.
  10. Descender Vol. 1 by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen
    A young robot boy must stay safe in a world that has outlawed his kind. The only thing he has to protect himself against the bounty hunters out for his head, is his trusty companion.

Honorable Mentions:

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An Abundance of Katherines – BOOK REVIEW

an abundance of katherines book coverTitle: An Abundance of Katherines
Author: John Green
Original Publication Date: September 21st, 2006
Publisher: Dutton Books
Number of Pages: 215

Quick Synopsis: Just dumped for the 19th time straight by a Katherine, smart boy Colin sets out on a road trip with his bff to “find himself”.

I feel like my synopsis was a little snarky in all honestly. But that is literally what this book is about.

I have a love/dislike relationship with John Green. I genuinely loved a couple of his books but somewhere along the way, he’s just lost me. He writes so well and his stories are generally quite interesting however, his plots aren’t the most compelling. This book is no different. I kept feeling like this exact thing has been done. Heard this story, seen these characters before. But I mean, I keep reading them though.

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Outcast Vol. 1 – REVIEW

OutcastVol1_CoverTitle: Outcast Vol. 1
Author: Robert Kirkman
Illustrator: Paul Azaceta
Original Publication Date: January 15th, 2015
Publisher: Image Comics
Number of Pages: 152

Quick Synopsis: Demonic possession has overtaken Kyle Barnes’ entire life and it’s time for him to get some answers.

I’m going to be super honest here: I really wasn’t a fan of the art style at first. I think if I continuously consume a certain type of art style for too long, I can’t stray from it. As of late, I’ve definitely been super into a more cutesy style that instantly catches attention. After reading this for a bit, I realized that the art style was absolutely perfect for the type of story being told.

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Paper Girls 1

PaperGirls_Vol01-1Title: Paper Girls 1
Author: Brian K. Vaughan
Illustrator: Cliff Chiang
Original Publication Date: April 5th, 2016
Publisher: Image Comics
Number of Pages: 144

Quick Synopsis: 1988, Stony Stream, Ohio. A group of young paper girls set out on their morning route, only to be interrupted by shenanigans. –Collects Issues #1-5.

Look, I can’t tell you what interrupts their route. Trust me. You’ll want to go in knowing as little as possible. That’s exactly what I did and I’m so happy nothing was ruined for me.

First off, I’m going to say that the art and coloring of this book is amazing. I absolutely love the visuals. The overlapping panel work is incredible, innovative and visually pleasing in every way. It works so well with the coloring. This title literally has some of my favorite panels ever.

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