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Category Archives: Graphic Novels
So, so good. It’s like you took a wine fueled D&D session with your girlfriends (note to self: have one of those) and turned it into a graphic novel.
A foul mouthed, hard drinking band of hilarious mercenaries causes ruckus,
usually always involving bloodshed, sometimes for money, sometimes always for fun. The character descriptions are “Hannah the Rockabilly Elven Mage, Violet the Hipster Dwarven Fighter, Dee the Atheist Human Cleric and Betty the Hippy Smidgen Thief.”
This was presented to me by a colleague on the basis that someone had obviously written it for me. Seeing his point, I purchased it. Purchase of Volume 2 is imminent.
I’m sure you’re all already reading Saga… but if you’re not, start. As a colleague described it, it’s Romeo in Juliet in space, with lots of hot space sex. I love Lying Cat. I need more people to read Saga so I can say “LYING” at every opportunity.
Oh, and while you’re at it, pick up the new reboot of the Huntress series. I was weirdly excited about the fact that she isn’t leaping around in high heels, and actually has real boots with decent tread. A small detail, but an important one.
Text Story by Kiersten White, Art and Art Story by Jim Di Bartolo
Intended for age 12 and up
I am really excited about this novel of suspense and horror! Its main characters are young adults who live in or are visiting a boarding house by the sea. Two sisters share some duties with their mother after their father’s mysterious death. Three young men, one terminally ill, are visiting with them. The boys’ respective fathers are also deeply involved in something sinister. As the plot unrolls, the characters become embroiled in a chilling series of events that seem to involve far more than their sleepy little town. Reluctantly, they find themselves forced into more and more dangerous situations that involve not only their fathers but many of the townspeople they thought they knew well.
I want to hand this book to all my reading friends and order them to read it, and look at the twin story in paintings by Di Bartolo. It is a brand new technique to me. It’s not really manga, because there are no thought balloons or speech balloons or captions or any text whatsoever accompanying the paintings. It’s not really an illustrated narrative either, because the pictures have a purpose beyond accompanying and interpreting the text. I believe there are two narratives going on in parallel, both delivering the plot in different ways and from different points in the narrative.
At first I had no idea what the paintings showed, because they start the book, and with no captions I was lost. Still, they are so compelling that I spent several moments on each picture, struggling to “read” it. It wasn’t until I had read a fair bit of the text that the pictures started to have a narrative for me too. Then the two media started to work together brilliantly.
The text itself is a verbal wonder that conjures a visual wonder as effectively as the paintings. White creates characters you can see, without wasting a word. The creepy atmosphere of horror is just as much a product of the evocative writing as the shivery paintings. The story is a series of shocks to the nervous system that will keep you turning the pages well in to the night. Now that I am tuned in to the art work, I am going to re-read it to see what I missed at the beginning. This is a book that will merit second or third or even more readings.
One step closer to a film of her own? DC has cast Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in the Batman/Superman blockbuster coming out not nearly soon enough, with Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill in the title roles. Her face seems okay, but she is naturally pretty thin… I’m not sure she’ll be able to put on the muscle necessary to make Wonder Woman work. I guess we’ll see.
That is all.
I love Wonder Woman so much.
I used to watch the show starring Linda Carter when I was a kid. I still read the comics. I am also still hoping to grow up to be Wonder Woman. While we’re waiting for that to happen, this is a fan-made Wonder Woman short.
Awesome. Now we just need a full-length version. Come on, Joss Whedon, we can do this.
It’s official: Serenity is back, albeit in graphic novel form.
Dark Horse has announced that they have signed Georges Jeanty, the illustrator behind the Buffy the Vampire Slayer graphic novel.
The comic will pick up where the Serenity movie left off, with the Alliance not very happy with Mal and crew after being embarrassed and defeated in spectacular fashion.
I am so excited. All of the story lines I’ve been wondering about! How will Zoe move on without Wash? What’s going to happen with Kaylee and Simon? Will River get less crazy? For the love of all things nerdy, will Mal and Inara finally get together? Does Jain still have Vera (the most enduring love story in the verse)? Will there be awesome ass-kicking, sub-legal shenanigans, and general shininess?
There still hasn’t been anything about when the issue is coming, but you better believe I’ll be getting mine. For a full interview with Jeanty, you can see the article on CBR.
On Friday August 23rd, this little graphic went up on the website of Dark Horse comics. Along with this little blurb:
#WHERESSERENITY?08/23/2013 10:23amJoss Whedon’s beloved Firefly series and Serenity film’s lifespan may have been short-lived, but managed to produce one of the most dedicated fanbases in the history of modern science fiction. Dark Horse is proud to be able to keep Mal and his crew flying with new comics and products. Look for the hashtag #WheresSerenity over the next few months on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages for exclusive news on the future of the franchise at Dark Horse!
I looooooved this book. It’s a little bit Forrest Gump, a little bit Water for Elephants, and a tiny, tiny bit of Weekend at Bernie’s. In fact, it should be made into a movie immediately. Buy it. Read it. Love it. You’re welcome.
Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series is now available as… Manga! Hilarious manga called Soulless, named after the first book in the series.. Each volume is equivalent, at least so far, to one of the five books in the series. Definitely worth picking up. My only caveat is that I’m not sure how obvious the whole preternatural story line is if you haven’t already read the series. It seemed to me that if you weren’t already aware of its meaning, you might not really know what’s going on. But hey, it may just be me. Also, the art is spectacular and fun.