In attempt to simply read all of Telgemeier's work I didn't actually realize at first that this was autobiographical. A nice turn of events though, IIn attempt to simply read all of Telgemeier's work I didn't actually realize at first that this was autobiographical. A nice turn of events though, I continue to enjoy Telgemeier's style of writing and drawing - even if some of her characters look a bit too similar series to series. I definitely felt like this was perhaps one of her most truly all ages series, braces are apparently a rather timeless trauma. ...more
Oh gee's - my second pick of the weekend that I didn't know much about going into it, but turned out to be super dark and written by someone from BelgOh gee's - my second pick of the weekend that I didn't know much about going into it, but turned out to be super dark and written by someone from Belgium!
That said, the book was a fairly reasonable balance of ordinary life meets something "worth writing a short comic book about". I'm sure a lot of people who read comics can relate (and those who don't, but they aren't reading this right?) to this bullied kid Joe. But in that way, I think the author's attempt to make the character so self-insert makes the question you hit 2/3rds of the way through the book that much more personal.
Would you do what Joe did?
I certainly hope I wouldn't, but in many ways it seems justified.
I would have liked a bit more explanation as to why Joe couldn't tell anyone. But the fact that he doesn't isn't necessarily bubble bursting. I mean, how many people do just that? I don't think this is one of those topics that we can ever really talk about enough, or write enough about it, because so many people still don't seem to get it. And people of all ages continue to suffer, and sometimes die.
Going with black and white for this comic seemed appropriate, especially since it's winter and Joe spends quite a bit of time in the snowy outdoors. It also highlights the bleak outlook of Joe's life. The cartooning style itself struck me as something I've seen in more then one book for younger audiences, so even if it isn't always for younger readers it did end up being a bit of a cleverly deceptive juxtaposition considering just how graphic/dark it gets. That said, it is for teens. Just not as light and fluffy as one might expect. ...more
Perhaps unsurprisingly this book continues what is a great adaption of a rather timeless series. While I was a bit concerned by the lack of modern issPerhaps unsurprisingly this book continues what is a great adaption of a rather timeless series. While I was a bit concerned by the lack of modern issues tackled in the first book, I have since read Drama by Raina Telgemeier and published by Scholastic, which was for a similar age group but completely original.
Since Scholastic and Telgemeier are obviously not afraid of tackling the more "modern" issues that children are facing, I'm much more comfortable with this book - which is an adaption of a much older book. Children are still - no doubt - dealing with issues of stigma and fear/ignorance when it comes to medical issues.
Otherwise, even if I'm not the book's target audience I really enjoyed this book as a fun light read. A great adaption overall and something I would not hesitate to recommend. ...more
As someone who worked for a couple of years with older adults, I really appreciated the way that her grandmotWow, a really hard hitting volume of BSC!
As someone who worked for a couple of years with older adults, I really appreciated the way that her grandmother's stroke was handled. Watching your loved ones get older, and feeling yourself getting older, is freaky - even to those of us in the adult world. But as per usual Martin and Telgemeier handle the lessons for readers (old and young) with great skill and maturity.
SHOWING rather then telling, and especially in this volume just being open to us about some of the darker places in life. Encouraging us to build bridges and understanding people who we might in conflict with.
The more technical aspects remain really solid, and even as a bit of an outside observer I'm looking forward to see where this series goes in 2017. ...more
Pretty enjoyable for a 2 star read, it's certainly one of those books that is hard to pin down between stars. Ultimately I erred on the lower side becPretty enjoyable for a 2 star read, it's certainly one of those books that is hard to pin down between stars. Ultimately I erred on the lower side because it is a bit of a simple and somewhat uncreaetive read. I'm sure pretty much every one who grew up reading fantasy has read something like these comics before, and while it was certainly fun, that was more because I enjoy the genre and less because of this particular work.
The art was solid. A very angular kind of cartoony, basic flat colors. It wasn't displeasing to the eye or anything, but again a bit on the simpler side. Eduardo Risso knows what he's doing and has a style, but it just added to the general averageness of this particular work.
It being fairly average means that Red gets rescued more then once by her male companion. Certainly nothing out of the usual, but still something entirely uncreative....more
While a lot of aspect of this story flew way over my head, I still found it to be a really exciting read - both on an artistic and narrative level.
AWhile a lot of aspect of this story flew way over my head, I still found it to be a really exciting read - both on an artistic and narrative level.
A bit of a slower read physically, I constantly found myself having to "read the pictures" which I guess I can sometimes gloss over as I whip through graphic novels at the speed of light. While it did feel a bit ardious at times, I blame my inpatients and not Yahgulanaas. The art is beautiful, drawing from tradition but also infused with many personal elements as well. Using such expressive lines to break up the frames is not something I'm used to and really made the work feel energetic and unique.
I'm not only excited to read more of Yahgulanaas' art, but actually to return to this book again when I've gained a bit more patience and understanding. ...more
A great book read at just the right time. A bit painfully hyperbolic at times but it induced me to be more critical of the way I treat myself. Brosh'A great book read at just the right time. A bit painfully hyperbolic at times but it induced me to be more critical of the way I treat myself. Brosh' brutal honesty is a breath of fresh air.
All personal meaning aside I do feel like this book is very solid piece of work. The art is extremely rudimentary to say the least, but it's extremely expressive of the mood Brosh is channeling through every inch of this book. It's that every day ugliness that I mentioned in my review of Snowden taken to a whole new level. We are stupid, silly and pretentious creatures when everything comes down to it and Brosh manages to express a lot of universality (at least for the anxious and depressed among us) even while talking about some very specific things that have happened in her life. So despite the fact that this book drew inspiration from a lot of negativity in Brosh' life, I couldn't help but feel a bit more optimistic about life by the end....more
A light fast read, Forney certainly risks coming across as shallow at times. Whisking us through emotional ups and downs that seem to have little if aA light fast read, Forney certainly risks coming across as shallow at times. Whisking us through emotional ups and downs that seem to have little if any real economic impact on her life. Not that money is the most important thing, but I was struck by how lucky Forney (and in many ways myself as well) is. Being bipoler destroys peoples lives, and I didn't really feel like she did that aspect of it quite enough justice.
That said, considering her final conclusion, I'm tempted to say her optimism is somewhat intrinsic to the overall message of the book - which is TAKE YOUR MEDS! Something either extremely popular or extremely not popular depending on what groups you move in - it can be rather disturbing how much people still associate craziness with creativity. Romanticizing things like suicide and suffering is never a good idea.
As far as the art went I really appreciated how fun and frolicking it felt. Forney jumps around a little bit in style to reflect the mood of each chapter or page. The fact that it's all very simple black and white cartooning not only helps keep things calm despite these changes, but also ties everything back together rather nicely. The layouts are different for each page, but everything seems perfectly orchestrated to reflect the state of mind Forney is trying to relate at the time....more
A big reason I'm trying to read more Hicks, I really enjoyed this reread a lot. A lot of fun not too flashy or pretentious humour. Just a regular girlA big reason I'm trying to read more Hicks, I really enjoyed this reread a lot. A lot of fun not too flashy or pretentious humour. Just a regular girl being super. Hicks strikes a nice balance between the plot arch of individual strips and a general sense of time progression overall.
As with Friends With Boys, Hicks continues to focus in on relationships, particularly family relationships. I enjoyed the ordinary hum drum nature of Hicks style (?) because there was that humorous point on each page. There seemed to be a bit more logical causation for things that happened, and people's relationships did in fact gradually develop throughout the comic's run. ...more
Surprisingly disappointing for a book from an author and a publisher which I have enjoyed previously. I spent most of the book thinking maybe it justSurprisingly disappointing for a book from an author and a publisher which I have enjoyed previously. I spent most of the book thinking maybe it just wasn't my taste, but when the end rolled around and I realized nothing had really happened... I'm not sure how this counts as a book?
Not to say that the art was seriously sub par or something, but literally nothing progresses in this book at all. About the only thing that happens is that Maggie's brothers suddenly inexpicably decide to become friendly with Maggie and her friends. Who are friends with Maggie for no apparent reason. They can all see a ghost, for no apparent reason. The ghost exists for no apparent reasons. Maggie's mother has disappeared for no apparent reason. Maggie and all her brothers were home schooled for no apparent reason. Maggie's family doesn't home school through high school for no apparent reason.
Maggie's cop dad lets her off scot free for stealing a historical artifact and gets her friends in trouble instead because apparently he's an asshole. For no apparent reason, and despite the fact that he had friendly hair at the start of the comic. Which he cuts off. I guess that's a reason. If the book was about police corruption, this could make sense. It isn't.
Faith Erin Hicks seemed to want to say something about girls being friends with other girls. Maggie talks about it for all of one page and it is sort of insinuated in the title I guess. But nothing really comes of that. A couple of those other things I listed previously did get some level of explanation in the book, but nothing to really explain the depths of drama that this book wallowed in. I had been assuming that the boy were all cursed or at least warewolves or something... But no such luck.
On a completely personal level I didn't really appreciate' Hick's depiction of homeschooling. But I can't really complain because she apparently was homeschooled. That didn't stop it from being a rather unnecessary plot point that only serves to reinforce stereotypes about isolation.
But perhaps I missed something important, I haven't gotten much sleep this week. Feel free to let me know in the comments......more
This being my second Telgemeier book I really appreciated both the differences and similarities between it and the first volume of the babysitter's clThis being my second Telgemeier book I really appreciated both the differences and similarities between it and the first volume of the babysitter's club. Because I was a bit worried about the lack of diversity in BSC, but it is just an adaption so I wasn't sure if it just had to do with the source material or if Telgemeier and/or Scholastic wasn't interested in presenting progressive ideas. It's been a long time since I've perused any of their catalogs and I'm a bit suspicious about these sorts of things - one need only read some of the reviews of this book to tell why.
Being someone myself who struggled with feeling caught between tomboyhood and girldome in middle and high school, I really appreciated the way in which Callie seems to straddle both worlds well. Because throughout most of the comic she doesn't seem all that preoccupied with looking cute, but she has no problems with dressing up for the eighth grade formal either. Her feelings about boys might result in more then a little drama, but it's still something she's largely comfortable with.
And as I mentioned in the opening paragraph, I also really appreciated that Telgemeier turned the diversity level up a notch or two to general great affect. There are certainly things that could probably be improved upon, but as far as entertaining elementary school kids go I think it balances the idea of teaching and entertaining pretty well.
I didn't appreciate the fact that the main villain is a stuck up popular girl, that still seems like a hurtful easy out to me but I'm not sure what to outline as the solution yet so I'll leave it at that.
Not preachy, but certainly idealistic, Telgemeier shows readers a world that could be if only we could actually accept people that are different from us (and aren't popular?). Like in many books, the children are just a little more precocious for their age then is necessarily realistic, but you get that with almost every single children's book ever. Considering no parental units died and they didn't chase down any murderers this (for all its utopian aspirations) is more realistic then most. The story moves along at a rather fast clip most of the time, but that seems to be fairly common in children's books so I won't really complain.
The art style remains largely the same, which is fine. I'm not sure what could make it better suited to the particular genre that Telgemeier seems to be drawn to. The characters are decidedly cartoony, but also average. The page layouts are varied and the framing moves well. Overall another decidedly solid read considering I am pretty far removed from the target audience. ...more