Lilith Dark is one of the toughest and most adorable monster slayers I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. She reminds me of Calvin with a stuffedLilith Dark is one of the toughest and most adorable monster slayers I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. She reminds me of Calvin with a stuffed dinosaur for her Hobbes. Together they act out elaborate and gruesome fantasies and sometimes they are depicted as Lilith sees them and sometimes the artwork shows that the dinosaur is really stuffed after all. But thanks to the longer format these fantasies can be much more elaborate and follow a full adventure cycle. Nothing is what it seems in this world where a cute kitten turns into a monster and a hideous creature ends up being a friend (Spoon, pictured at the left on the cover is actually my favorite character in the comic.) Lilith of course proves her courage while the babysitter proves clueless and a stinger at the end leaves the truth of the events up in the air in classic fantasy adventure fashion. While some elements are reminiscent of other stories the comic as a whole stands out. A treat for those of all ages with a macabre sensibility.
The premise for this comic is absolutely absurd but its execution is so darned delightful that I do not care. A young Cleopatra sick of studying playsThe premise for this comic is absolutely absurd but its execution is so darned delightful that I do not care. A young Cleopatra sick of studying plays hooky with a friend and ends up accidentally time travelling to the future. She was apparently expected by some sort of shadow government made up of talking cats. Cleopatra quickly acclimates to her new life in outer space and starts getting in the kind of harmless hijinks you'd expect from any outer space school story. Of course it turns out that she's a crack shot and withstands unreasonable tests of her ability with grace while insisting that she's not the savior everyone thinks she is fated to be. The plot is standard but its juxtaposition with such a unique setting made it enjoyable. The charming artwork and sassy cat sidekick might have played a big part in why I liked it so much. A quick, light adventure story for anyone who ever wondered what famous historical figures would look with a ray gun.
This work of historical fiction examines the Boxer Rebellion from two perspectives. Not only does it do an excellent job of educating readers about anThis work of historical fiction examines the Boxer Rebellion from two perspectives. Not only does it do an excellent job of educating readers about an event that usually gets very little attention in American history classes but it does a fine job entertaining them as well. The characters are rounded and intriguing, the pacing quick, poignant moments are balanced with humorous ones and some scenes are evocative of super heroes in a way that is sure to draw many readers in. Whether you're looking to educate yourself or for engaging entertainment this two-part series is an excellent choice!
This comic builds tension by walking the line between fantasy and reality leaving the reader guessing if the characters have really seen fantastic creThis comic builds tension by walking the line between fantasy and reality leaving the reader guessing if the characters have really seen fantastic creatures, if they're delusional, or both. Northrop has a lot of fun playing with the conventions of Renaissance fairs and it shows up in creative touches like the faux brochure at the front of the book. The artwork is gorgeous and the color palette does a great job creating atmosphere. The Don-Quixote like knight provides plenty of humorous breaks. There's some fun short stories at the end by guest writers and authors. It's a nice quick read for fans of fantasy, humor, and ren faires.
Fans of The Storyteller tv series or anyone who enjoys folklore and comics will like this collection of new, old stories. Each story tells a classic tFans of The Storyteller tv series or anyone who enjoys folklore and comics will like this collection of new, old stories. Each story tells a classic tale with the distinct style of Jim Henson's Storyteller and his faithful dog. The style of writing and artwork varies from one story to the next but they are all of good quality. I especially enjoyed the extra artwork with quotes from the original series. My favorite part of the collection was the final story based on an unproduced Storyteller script. It's a delightfully disturbing Russian folktale about a witch baby. Another highlight was the gorgeous artwork in the Puss in Boots adaptation.
Wars, riots, revolutions--they can all be explained by economics. In this entertaining comic Michael Goodwin will take you on a tour of history from Wars, riots, revolutions--they can all be explained by economics. In this entertaining comic Michael Goodwin will take you on a tour of history from the beginnings of capitalism to the modern day and explain the economic causes of every major event from the American Revolution to the Great Depression. Along the way he pulls out the wittiest lines, goriest details, and most amusing anecdotes.
Economics was never my favorite subject but I absolutely loved this graphic novel! By describing various economic theories chronologically and placing them in historical context the importance of the topics is clear and the information much easier to remember. Michael Goodwin also has an excellent sense of humor. Some of the details seemed too insane to be true (like the part about the Dutch Prime Minister being eaten--but I doubled checked and found that not only is it true but there's a famous painting of it that I immediately regretted finding.) It seems that economics is stranger than fiction.
I'd give this to anyone looking for an entertaining nonfiction comic or anyone seeking to understand the economy better. I'd say it's fine for 7th grade and up. ...more
I enjoyed this evocative Canadian comic about a lonely girl who finds solace in Jane Eyre. Helene struggles to survive school while being teased by heI enjoyed this evocative Canadian comic about a lonely girl who finds solace in Jane Eyre. Helene struggles to survive school while being teased by her former friends. Then her class goes to nature camp which holds even more horrors in store. There she meets a fox and befriends another girl relegated to the fringes. Most of the story is told in shades of brown and black except for the scenes from Jane Eyre. The art is simple but expressive. The most detail is to be found in the portrayal of nature in the backgrounds. The end isn't of the Hollywood variety but it is happy in a quiet and realistic way which makes it all the more moving.
This comic starts off with a full page spread of a sassy talking cat, so it was basically love at first sight. But after the initial excitement of attThis comic starts off with a full page spread of a sassy talking cat, so it was basically love at first sight. But after the initial excitement of attraction wore off, I found that we didn't have much in common. Most of the characters are never fully introduced and many situations are left unexplained. The narrative was disjointed and confusing moving from one scene to the next seemingly based more on what would be pretty to draw than what would add to character or story development. The artwork is absolutely gorgeous and just flipping through for the pictures alone is worth it. As a story I just didn't connect with it though. Another disappointing pretty face.
The kingdom is in trouble. The king has been missing for three months. People are getting restless and the king's trusted advisers have turned out to The kingdom is in trouble. The king has been missing for three months. People are getting restless and the king's trusted advisers have turned out to be scheming villains. When Scarlett discovers their evil plot, she decides to take matters into her own hands and lead a rescue party to find her father the king. But the only men she can find to help are the Walrus and the Carpenter, the infamous tricksters who lured unsuspecting young oysters onto their dinner plates. Will the young queen, two con artists, and her baby brother Rusty be able to survive mad pirates, evil assassins, and a dreaded snark to save the king?
Reading these comics filled me with laughter and a light-hearted sense of adventure. They are just plain fun. The nonsense world of Lewis Carroll is expanded in a most delightful way by Langridge. He takes up all the portmanteaus and fantastic scenarios and blends them seamlessly while creating something quite new. I reveled in all the Caroll references and had fun spotting them. I enjoyed seeing the new directions Langridge took the characters while retaining the flair that made them so endearing to begin with. The verse narration peppered throughout kept the material closely tied to the nonsense poems it is based on. Langridge clearly had as much fun writing and illustrating it as I did reading it and it shows in the small, humorous details such as the ad for tea on the inside cover of the first volume ("you don't have to be mad to drink tea - but it helps!") and the creative panel layouts.
There probably were some minor flaws but I was having far too much fun reading the comics to notice them.
You'll get more of the jokes if you have a knowledge of Lewis Carroll, but even if you don't there's still plenty to entertain and amuse here. There's abundant amounts of jokes aimed at kids, adults, and everything in-between making this great to read as a family. I'd give it to fans of nonsense and humor.