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 Wendy Project – BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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.