Something about it turned me off right away. Definitely didn't give it a totally fair try, but noting it here as something I probably won't try again,Something about it turned me off right away. Definitely didn't give it a totally fair try, but noting it here as something I probably won't try again, personally....more
About five months ago, a child moved into my home. For the first time in my adult life, I could not accurately be described as "child-free." I am a thiAbout five months ago, a child moved into my home. For the first time in my adult life, I could not accurately be described as "child-free." I am a third parent in this arrangement - while he spends some time most weeks with other family members (including his father), I am one of the two adults living with him in his primary residence.
This is new.
This story examines this phenomenon. Not the specifics of my situation, at all. But of becoming a parent. Of inviting a child into your life. Of allowing your life to change. In ways that are not entirely comfortable or fun. Let me be clearer: It's not about parenting - it's about deciding whether to parent, or embracing that decision once it's been made.
In the case of this book, it's an adult heterosexual male, living in the city, who is struggling with the decision to conceive a child with his partner. He's also watching his friends, one of whom is a divorced single guy living alone, another who has kid(s), and is struggling with his marriage. Does our hero want to follow in the footsteps of dissatisfied guy? Or let it all come crashing down and curse himself to be lonely alone guy?
It's a whole lot of white whine/angsty privilege/men who hurt, it's true.
But there's a piece of me that seriously gets it. Our protagonist has choices, and that's a challenge all its own.
Robinson's work feels like a long, more serious and jaded episode of How I Met Your Mother. A geek version. He doesn't need color for his stories - these people are the point, not the images of them. I do love his layouts, though.
These aren't likeable people, so don't look here for that. But there's a level of realness to them that is special. I intend to keep reading everything he puts out....more
Ok, first - beware. This book is tiny. Like, not a great deal bigger than my phone, tiny. I actually read it and am reviewing it sooner because I'm teOk, first - beware. This book is tiny. Like, not a great deal bigger than my phone, tiny. I actually read it and am reviewing it sooner because I'm terrified I'm going to lose the library copy I have.
I read Prince's Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir first, and then put this on hold. As far as the form goes, it is very similar in concept to Soppy, something I read less than a month ago. Definitely don't go into this expecting something as polished as either of those books. It could easily be a daily comic, with moments in life, focusing on her relationships with her paramour. In many panels, you can see the thumbnailing outlines* faintly under her final images. It's sketchy (but not necessarily in a bad way). The style (b&w, obvs) fits, to an extent, with the content, which is occasionally crass and crude, and honest (I assume) about the intimate dynamic of this very specific couple.
Cute, super fast read (it might have taken me a half hour). I see that she has several other works focusing on her early dating life, so I imagine this could be an especially satisfying read if you've watched her try and fail to find her partner through a book or two. Read if you like people enthusing about their happy relationships.
*Anyone know what those are called? Circles with lines across to show perspective on a head, for example?...more
Started this, but only got a chapter in before I decided it wasn't quite right for my needs.
To be specific, I was looking for a mirror book to promotStarted this, but only got a chapter in before I decided it wasn't quite right for my needs.
To be specific, I was looking for a mirror book to promote to thousands of middle schoolers in my community, which is adjacent to a military base. The writing style rubbed me the wrong way just a tad, and the character didn't seem to be familiar with base culture.
I may give it another try when I'm looking for a window book in a few years, but it's not right for me right now.
Wordless black and white graphic novel (some might put it in picture books) about a lonely kid who goes on an adventure.
Beautifully lush illustrationWordless black and white graphic novel (some might put it in picture books) about a lonely kid who goes on an adventure.
Beautifully lush illustrations. But honestly, for me, those images pack more of a punch when I flip through the book now than they did when I was sequentially reading the story. Cute/Beautiful/Majestic animals of several types cameo.
I was a very happy only child, though, so there's a part of me which is kinda biased against the thesis of this from the getgo. The cultural context for my only childdom was very different than this. So take any lack of raving on my part with a grain of salt....more
Chelsea is a friend of mine, and I'm really sorry it took me three years to get a copy of this to read. It's the beginning of something really great.Chelsea is a friend of mine, and I'm really sorry it took me three years to get a copy of this to read. It's the beginning of something really great. As someone who is fascinated by the minutae of industry (of how humans create society), I loved reading the details of how someone falls into this business. And then how they create a persona for such. Chelsea is getting better and better and I'm impatient for her to get famous (within published GN fan circles).
Can't wait for the next issue! Or the bound full length graphic novel. :)...more
This book was SO FUN to talk about with students. Basically, I hooked them with Curious George ("DOES ANYONE RECOGNIZE THIS MONKEY? CAN ANYONE IDENTIFYThis book was SO FUN to talk about with students. Basically, I hooked them with Curious George ("DOES ANYONE RECOGNIZE THIS MONKEY? CAN ANYONE IDENTIFY THIS MONKEY? DOES ANYONE KNOW WHO THIS MONKEY IS?"), cracked a corny joke ("Is this a real monkey? No, silly! This is a DRAWING of a monkey!") and then told the story on pages 44-45. Depending on the ages of the kids (3rd grade? 6th grade?) I'd give more or less context regarding WWII.
It really is an unbelievable story (they're actually making a documentary about it and everything!). I was initially put off by the almost-poetry-like layout of the text on the page, but found the story so engaging it completely stopped bothering me. I love love loved the inclusion of lots of primary sources. It's actually very surprising how well the primary sources, original illustrations, and Rey illustrations blend together. And I don't remember it being made clear who was responsible for the layout here - was it the illustrator, or some other unnamed graphic designer? If it was a third party, they deserve serious kudos.
Possibly excerpts from a sketchbook or a daily-comic exercise. Didn't find her particularly likeable (althougPortrait of a person in a moment in time?
Possibly excerpts from a sketchbook or a daily-comic exercise. Didn't find her particularly likeable (although that's kind of the point of the :ahem: title), but maybe this is part of the breaking-of-taboos movement? Not particularly polished illustration style, which is fitting for the style, to an extent.