Riverdale Episode 1

Archie Comics hold a kind of special place in my heart. I’ve never been obsessed but it reminds me of simpler times. My parents used to frequent a swap meet where there would occasionally be a comic book vendor and wanting to relate to my interests, my parents would bring me back some Archie Double Digests.

One random winter day, driving around Silver Lake, I saw a bus stop bench advertisement for a show called Riverdale. “RIVERDALE?! LIKE ARCHIE, RIVERDALE?!” I excitedly turned to my boyfriend. “Um, yeah probably?” he shrugged continuing to watch the road, trying not to kill us both. I went home and added Riverdale to my autotune list on my cable box. Fast-forward to Premiere day and there I was, curled up into my pillows with snacks in tow, ready to delve into the world of:

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Descender, Vol. 1 : Tin Stars

25546167Title: Descender, Vol 1: Tin Stars
Author & Artist: Jeff Lemire & Dustin Nguyen
Original Publication Date: September 9th, 2015
Original Price: $9.99 (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 160
Starkiller Rating: ★★★★✫

Quick Synopsis: A companion robot boy has a string of adventures while trying to live in a world where androids have been outlawed.

I’ve been a fan of Dustin Nguyen’s art for quite some time. So when I saw this book in the New Arrivals section at the local Barnes & Noble, I was drawn in. The $9.99 price Image Comics sets for the first TPBs in a series was the second draw in and then I looked at the author. Jeff Lemire of Sweet Tooth fame. Legitimately a trifecta of amazing in the comic book nerd world.

The art is obviously amazing. Nguyen has a way of not only being entirely realistic but also so absolutely adorable. He inks and watercolors which adds a distinct sense of beauty and whimsy to each panel. The colors are vibrant yet different from traditional comic book art. Books with art by Nguyen are such a breath of fresh air in a genre that can sometimes be a little stagnant.

The writing is top notch as well. I’ve stated before that science-fiction is hard for me to get very into sometimes because sciencey stuff kind of gets jumbled in my mind and I never truly understand what is going on. However, while this story is very science-fiction driven, it is not hard to follow in the least. As the sci-fi aspect to the story is quite prominent, so are many other aspects including themes of human interaction, and social/cultural nuances.

I absolutely loved this book and was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved it. It is very reminiscent of the film Artificial Intelligence, which is one of my favorites to be honest.

Definitely would recommend to any fan of science-fiction, beautiful art, and wonderful storytelling.

Help 2nd Shift! || Kickstarter Campaign

Many moons ago, I met one of my amazing and talented friends and shortly thereafter, he sought out to write his own comic book series. Together with the help of his friend, Scott Lost (artist), they did it!

And they’ve published 5 Single Issues since then! But they need our help publishing the Trade Paperback Edition that collects issues 1-5!!

These are wonderful people with an incredible story to tell. If you’re a lover of comic books, art, literature, this is definitely for you. Help me, help my friends out in making this happen!

CLICK HERE for their Kickstrter and remember they have several tiers of rewards if you choose to back their project.

4 Comic Book Reviews || Booktube

Here’s a video of 4 quick reviews of some TPBs I’ve read recently. I kind of like how I did with this video over the first one. Progress, if I do say so myself. Let me know what you think in the comments on this post of the video 🙂

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ps, I’m hoping to post a vlog of an event I went to recently. I have most of it edited so hopefully it’ll go up tonight or tomorrow!