This book made me cry, multiple times, in the middle of a food court. Also, Lucille and I both feel the same way about dudes, and it was kinda scary sThis book made me cry, multiple times, in the middle of a food court. Also, Lucille and I both feel the same way about dudes, and it was kinda scary seeing all my thoughts laid out like that on the page from a fictional character....more
I like Barbara Gordon, and the tone of this comic, but I don't think I should have had to reread a single issue three times just to feel like I KINDAI like Barbara Gordon, and the tone of this comic, but I don't think I should have had to reread a single issue three times just to feel like I KINDA understood it. I'll likely still try out volume 2, but it's not a huge priority....more
I'm going to need my next read-a-thon book to be lighter after this intense, powerful novel. A must-read about a little-known historical event, and thI'm going to need my next read-a-thon book to be lighter after this intense, powerful novel. A must-read about a little-known historical event, and the people that lived and died through it....more
My thoughts on this are a pretty mixed bag. On one hand, I'm glad there's a book that young geek girls can go to for interviews with grown-up geek girMy thoughts on this are a pretty mixed bag. On one hand, I'm glad there's a book that young geek girls can go to for interviews with grown-up geek girls, and be inspired by them. On the other hand, I also think it oversimplifies the geek girl experience, at least for me. I found myself bored with the chapters that focused on the "types" of fans or "types" of trolls, and the chapters on how to be a fangirl (cosplay, room decor, etc.) I recognize that this is likely because I've been in fandom for most of my adolescence, and many young geek girls may not have had the chance to explore fandom yet. So maybe this really isn't a book that's meant for me at my age and experience. And that's fine.
I would have liked to read more in-depth interviews and the chapter on geek girl feminism almost struck the right balance I was looking for. I would also like to see more discussion of intersectionality and racism in the geek girl experience. How do we transform our fandom love into careers? How do we constructively criticize things and try to respect each other? Maybe Maggs' next book will have that?...more
Tell Me More: Female friendship is a staple in my life, but I don't feel I see nearly as much of it as I would like inI LOVE IT I LOVE IT I LOVE IT
Tell Me More: Female friendship is a staple in my life, but I don't feel I see nearly as much of it as I would like in YA fiction or comics. Enter the Lumberjanes, five best friends at a summer camp that promises not just outdoor fun, but thrilling adventures that challenge their wit and ingenuity. And by the kitten holy was it an absolute blast to read!
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Volume 1 opens with the girls on a nighttime trek, and any reader would be hard-pressed not to be charmed by them and their interactions with each other. The Lumberjanes look out for and protect their fellow girl, even when they come face-to-face with foxes howling to "Beware the kitten holy." Tiny red-headed April says it herself when Camp Director Rosie asks them how they ended up in the woods: "So Jo and I woke up all of our friends because 'FRIENDSHIP TO THE MAX,' obviously and we went after it..." These girls value each other tremendously, and they pride themselves on being able to rely on each other no matter what.
Yes, Lumberjanes is a feminist comic, with characters that have a variety of body types and facial features, and zero slut-shaming/fat-shaming/anykindof-shaming. April might be more stereotypically feminine than Ripley or Molly, but it's never an issue. All five of them are stubborn and confident and happy with who they are, and their friendship only ever reinforces that. There's also a hint of romance between two of the girls, and its slow development through the first four issues is a joy to notice.
Noelle Stevenson and Brooke Allen's art reflects the vibrancy of each girl's personality. The colours are always warm, and the girls, as previously mentioned, are of all different shapes, sizes and skin tones. When the colours go into cooler shades, they remain just as rich:
I love April so much.
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Lumberjanes rewards rereads, and my second time around was even better than the first, because I could spend more time noticing the smaller details and seemingly throwaway jokes. There's a cleverness to the dialogue that is never condescending. Stevenson and Grace Ellis invite the reader to laugh with the girls, and even when there were references to people or places that I didn't understand, it only made me want to learn about them, and why the Lumberjanes might have mentioned them.
The adventures they go on are similarly engaging, and they give the girls ample opportunities to share their knowledge and skills. I was especially delighted by one particular challenge in a cave, where the girls need to figure out how to safely cross between cliffs. Each girl brings something to the table, and are never made to feel less because of what they don't know and can't do.
The Final Say: I'm a newcomer to comics, and I won't lie about feeling extremely by the thousands of stories I could choose from. Picking up Lumberjanes on the strength of some trusted friends' recommendations is a decision I could never regret, and isn't that the Lumberjanes way? #FriendshipToTheMax