Even though Brain tells me I only really need to follow The Awkward Yeti's updates on one platform, Heart demands I follow them on Facebook and TapastEven though Brain tells me I only really need to follow The Awkward Yeti's updates on one platform, Heart demands I follow them on Facebook and Tapastic and anywhere else I can find them.
"Otherwise you might MISS something! And we all know every comic makes you happy!"
Even Brain has problems fighting against that kind of logic...
Always adorable, ever insightful, The Awkward Yeti Collection illustrates our daily battle between whimsical notions and neurotic (or responsible-minded) fears. It's a wonderful reminder that we're not alone in our worries...and that we shouldn't allow them to hog the stage and prevent us from having fun.
Well worth it, even for a devoted follower like myself.
"Refresh! Refresh! Go see if they've posted any new ones!"
Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye is a tale that begins as many do: a young boy loses both his loving parents, only to be stuck in the3.5 stars.
Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye is a tale that begins as many do: a young boy loses both his loving parents, only to be stuck in the care of a neglectful uncle and his evil, sneaky wife.
The way the tale sets itself apart is through its ultra-responsible, overworked hero and the steps he must take to protect the family hotel from his horrible aunt. Warren is a likable character - one who makes the best out of his sad situation. He's patient and kind in most every instance (and rather too industrious to be true).
The mystery of the All-Seeing Eye unfolds at a pleasant pace. Clues are distributed without, but only some of these hints are bump-over-the-head obvious. Kids should enjoy successfully putting together some of the pieces, while certain plot reveals will still surprise.
The epilogue is sweet and full of hope as Warren gains the Adventurer status he's longed for. It's a happy ending that allows plenty of room for further escapades with Warren and his friends - a continuation I'd wholly support.
A note on the illustrations: because I was reading an ARC in e-book format, many of the pages had image placeholders. I loved the drawings that were included. Each was extremely detailed and eyecatching, further showcasing the creepiness or comedy or whimsy of the chapter. Looking at another reader's review, I'm going to have to look up more of the artist's work!
Sometimes you need to linger in the torrential downpour and force yourself to appreciate the melody of life...before it slaps you down face-first intoSometimes you need to linger in the torrential downpour and force yourself to appreciate the melody of life...before it slaps you down face-first into a corporate-sponsored puddle of sludge.
If you're not already acquainted with Poorly Drawn Lines, here's a quick overview of the reading experience: 1. Aw, look at the strikingly simple panels and serene pastel colors! This should be cute. 2. Scan through panels. 3. Pause, while making this face --> o_O 4. Blink. 5. Proceed to snort, guffaw, or muah-hah-hah (whichever you find most appropriate). 6. Speed along to the next dose of madness.
The included essays fall into the same category, leaving the reader amused and deeply befuddled.
All together, a quick read that hits the same bizarre notes as the webcomic - but in a handy works-even-when-you're-offline book format! Imagine that!
Master of Formalities brings a lot to the table: interplanetary war, sharply conflicting cultures, and...a huge emphasis on etiquette?
That doesn't adeMaster of Formalities brings a lot to the table: interplanetary war, sharply conflicting cultures, and...a huge emphasis on etiquette?
That doesn't adequately describe the engaging story Meyer has written. Filled with droll comedy and subtle yet biting commentary, this sci-fi piece includes some surprising twists. I wasn't quite sure of the endgame, and snorted aloud at a reveal in the final paragraph.
I've seen other reviews bring up Downton Abbey in Space in an effort to describe the cast of characters. Not too far off the mark, as the story's focus constantly shifts between the members of the ruling family and the various palace workers surrounding them.
Although a stand-alone piece, Master of Formalities takes place in a sprawling landscape that just begs to be explored. I find myself hoping that Meyer will revisit this universe - whether to reveal more about the Terran Exodus and the changes humanity underwent, or to move forward in time to show us the results of the events we just witnessed. Either one would work for me!
I've been following Deep Dark Fears on the Tumblr for ages, so it was a given that I'd enjoy this compilation.
Krause's illustrations perfectly complemI've been following Deep Dark Fears on the Tumblr for ages, so it was a given that I'd enjoy this compilation.
Krause's illustrations perfectly complement each of the showcased fears, adding an extra layer of humour, creepiness, or poignancy (sometimes all of the above) to the various confessions.
The real draw here though is how with each additional entry, I feel more at peace with my own brand of paranoia. Krause's work allows us to see that we're not alone in our quirky beliefs and imaginings. It's perfectly normal to think that shadow in the corner is peering at you, to anticipate random projectiles unerringly finding your eyesocket, and to wonder if one of your fellow commuters is reading your mind (while you accidentally picture yourself dancing naked in the rain).
Seriously. That fellow commuter is hearing your thoughts.
Since he's in your head anyway, tell him to pick up Deep Dark Fears.
ARC formatting issues prevented me from fully appreciating the flow of the story, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.An entertaining fusion of old and new.
ARC formatting issues prevented me from fully appreciating the flow of the story, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. (Who doesn't love art by Emily Carroll?)
Masha is a modern-day girl raised on the folktales of Baba Yaga. When her father brings not only a stepmother but also a stepsister into her life, Masha decides she must find her own place in the world. Appealing to Baba Yaga is certainly one way to do it!
The illustrations were engaging, alternating between dazzling fairytale landscapes and the darker imagery of the present day. Masha is a quick-minded heroine, recalling her grandmother's tales in detail and effectively twisting the fabled solutions to suit her own situation. The bratty sister I could do without, but younger kids might find lessons here about patience and kindness and eschewing pettiness.
It would be nice to explore more of Masha's experiences in Baba Yaga's world. Sequel, anyone?
This installment felt a little rushed and definitely seemed like more of a bridge. That said, I think it's setting us up for some fun teamwork betweenThis installment felt a little rushed and definitely seemed like more of a bridge. That said, I think it's setting us up for some fun teamwork between the various entities residing in Magic Town. Anything that gets us closer to more interaction between the disparate storylines is fine by me!...more
Last season, A&F was my favorite of the two Buffyverse properties. The two leads were fantastic together, the art was tight, the storylinFinally.
Last season, A&F was my favorite of the two Buffyverse properties. The two leads were fantastic together, the art was tight, the storyline kept hitting new drama highs...and lows. Everything clicked.
This season, I feared the writer/artist change-up. I think that concern was well-founded, since this season's Buffy has flourished while A&F has floundered.
But I think it's even simpler than that: it's the separation of these two characters and the insistence on splitting their issues between two disparate storylines that truly hurt the flow.
Maybe Angel and Faith would've been better served by having proper stand-alone arcs. Then the loss of the dynamic between them wouldn't have been felt so keenly. The last 11 issues might not have seemed so disjointed.
And yet...while I would have eagerly read a Faith-centric story, would I have jumped to read something all about Angel?
I'm not sure I would have. Faith's desire to fit in while always holding herself apart, her need to make amends, the sheer obviousness of the fact that she really doesn't have anything left to prove to the readers so would she just believe in herself already, goddammit, and bring back just enough of that wanttakehave to carve out a place for herself because she fricken deserves it...I'd read that. I genuinely want Faith to become comfortable in her own skin. She mirrors my ever-favorite Spike that way: both are characters with depth and potential, indomitable spirits who've taken full ownership of their reactions to shitty circumstances. Both are striving to feel whole and at peace with themselves. I get that.
Angel? The only thing Broodybrow strives for is...more hair gel?
Okay, perhaps a tad unfair. But even though I appreciated Angel looking to Nadira for guidance, it's not that big a change for him, is it? He had Whistler. And Buffy. And Doyle. And Cordy and [insert countless conduits for TPTB plus some pretenders, too]. Angel has always needed a guide. Broodybrow isn't any more introspective here than he's ever been, and his strength lies not in his own sense of purpose, but in his single-minded pursuit of whatever goal his current guide has set before him. Leave him to his own devices and I shudder to think what fresh hell he'll create in his supposed quest for the greater good--
What was I supposed to be talking about? Oh, yes. THIS comic. Which finally brings Faith and Angel back to the same place and time, just as a problematic character makes their return. I'm looking forward to their stories intertwining once more. Especially if it allows Faith's instincts to shine. And if it eventually means her giving Angel a smackdown, ALL the better......more
Can you join the writing team of the comics on a more permanent basis?
I swear that when you're around everyone's voices ring aDear Nicholas Brendon:
Can you join the writing team of the comics on a more permanent basis?
I swear that when you're around everyone's voices ring a little more true; their behaviour strikes me as a tad more genuine; and the balance between comedy, butt-kicking, and heartfelt sincerity is calibrated so finely as to rival some of the most fluid BTVS television episodes.
Please come back. Often. Because despite my wanting to smack Xander repeatedly throughout the run of the show, in these comics you've proven that YOU truly understand the characters. And the audience.
Sincerely, The Flooze
P.S. That said, I'm not sure about this latest romantic twist. I have the distinct feeling that someone deserves better. But I do applaud your character's maturity when dishing out advice.
P.P.S. Lordee, shit is about to hit the fan, isn't it? I knew things were going too smoothly within this little family......more
A solid wrap-up to the crew's return to their hometown. Both emotional and funny, it furthers the theme that the Scoobs have finally obtained some harA solid wrap-up to the crew's return to their hometown. Both emotional and funny, it furthers the theme that the Scoobs have finally obtained some hard-won maturity, enabling them to understand their own failings and to forgive others for past disappointments.
That said, I did have a few flashbacks to some of the more speechy-preachy scenes of the television show. As a result, I'm hoping we can do more of the ass-kicking and less of the sharing of emotions from here on out. ...more
Having read this installment right on the heels of the last, I can't help but love where the Scoobies are right now. AppropriateFantastic final panel.
Having read this installment right on the heels of the last, I can't help but love where the Scoobies are right now. Appropriate that they're returning to Sunnydale at a time when they're finally back together as a solid team - a stronger one than they've ever been.
I've complained at times about character inconsistencies and the lack of maturity exhibited by Buffy and co. Dare I be excited by this more mature (yet still amusing and goofy) version of our beloved Scoobs?
I'm sure they will face more hardships. I'm also sure something will happen to shake their foundations. But in the meantime, I'll celebrate the character growth and progress we're finally seeing. It's what these dedicated monster-hunters deserve....more
A New Beginning definitely takes us in a different direction. Seeing the core group through the eyes of newcomers make them seem suspicious and too goA New Beginning definitely takes us in a different direction. Seeing the core group through the eyes of newcomers make them seem suspicious and too good to be true. Oh, how the tables have turned! It wasn't too long ago our own people were casting wary eyes on any group organized enough to make a stable life for themselves.
But what to do to keep things lively, now that the communities have bonded together to form a sort of "normal"?
Introduce a horrible new villainous tribe, of course! And truly horrible they are. (view spoiler)[I was impressed with their devotion to ick. I don't think anything in the zompocalypse could drive me to use their tactics. (hide spoiler)] Kirkman has made a fair attempt at spicing things up. Now to keep my fingers crossed that he'll manage to maintain his newfound momentum. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
As another reader pointed out, Kirkman painted himself into a corner with Negan. Too smart, too vicious, and too well-organized, Negan is a f*2.5-ish*
As another reader pointed out, Kirkman painted himself into a corner with Negan. Too smart, too vicious, and too well-organized, Negan is a formidable adversary for Rick's people. That's why we have so many issues of him repeatedly getting the upper-hand.
But Rick is the hero and must succeed, so...
(view spoiler)[But does the core group ::coughRickcough:: always need to be in the spotlight? Can't we give some of the new people a moment to shine? It would've been more satisfying and believable to have Dwight step forward, assassinate Negan, and take over. Instead, Rick convinces Negan with the powers of Optimism! and Logic! that working together would be The Bestest Thing Ever. What. I...huh? Like Negan would switch philosophies on a dime? As if he would suddenly abandon his hatred for Rick? And then we slice him and yell WAR'S OVER! So. Much. No. (hide spoiler)]
Kirkman's chosen fix is weak. It's illogical. It's done for drama and tension, yet inevitably falls flat. There was another option available that - while perhaps equally anti-climactic - would've made much more sense in the context of the story. Not to mention it would've been truer to the characters involved.
The next volume needs to be captivating, because this one has me seriously wondering if Kirkman has any long-term plan in mind. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
The problem with taking a break in between volumes is that the television show starts to warp your memory of events.
If you follow the show, that*3.5*
The problem with taking a break in between volumes is that the television show starts to warp your memory of events.
If you follow the show, that is.
I am continually surprised (and frustrated) by the portrayal of Andrea, since her character was done such a vast disservice in the show.
That little complaint now done: All Out War Part 1 lives up to its title. Lots of action, lots of casualties. Once again, Kirkman hammers home the fact that Rick is the man everyone believes in to get the job done.
As ever, I'm still not entirely sure I agree with Rick as leader. Thankfully, he doesn't always agree either - which is Rick's saving grace as the main character.
All Out War serves another main purpose: to compare leadership styles and reveal the motivations of the individuals who've been tapped to take these positions of power. Of the ones highlighted, only two stand out as being (mostly) morally correct while still having the strength to make the hard decisions. Rick is one, so who am I to say the zompocalypse survivors are wrong to follow him...
Negan. Oh, Negan. You are horrible. And bloodthirsty. And demanding. You're the grasshopper who lets the ants do all the hard labor. But you have these twisted moments where I can envision you as a relatively good leader...were you not a complete violence-loving nutter. There's a Darwinian, alpha dog rawness to your leadership style that seems inevitable in the post-apocalyptic mess. When contrasted directly with Rick's continuing desire to maintain a peaceful little town, I wonder: is Rick's dream even feasible? Or is his group just kidding themselves every step of the way?
One thing is for sure: something has got to give. As I mentioned in a previous review, the build-up/tear-down pattern the comic has established wears thin. Villains have become interchangeable, deaths predictable. When I care vastly more about an animal's welfare than that of any human on the page, there's a problem.
Although both Angel and Faith are flailing and desperate for a place they belong, only Faith's path seems like it will bring progreDarn cliffhangers.
Although both Angel and Faith are flailing and desperate for a place they belong, only Faith's path seems like it will bring progress. Maybe we're playing the long game with Angel? I suppose he does have lifetimes of ill-doing to make up for...
Regardless, the result is an uneven story where I care a lot more about Faith's mission than I do about Angel's unfortunate mess. Fingers crossed the current action in Magic Town leads to a proper smackdown - or something truly sinister....more
With Nicholas Brendon contributing script-wise, "I Wish, Part 2" understandably centers on where Xander is emotionally. But it does so in the best wayWith Nicholas Brendon contributing script-wise, "I Wish, Part 2" understandably centers on where Xander is emotionally. But it does so in the best way.
I confess I never had much time for Xander on the show. He was too controlling, judgemental, and angry - with little to balance it - for me to ever connect to him.
In the comics, his character has fared a bit better, culminating in a version of him that's seeking help.
And on the journey to New Xander, we have this installment. Hilarious dialogue, ludicrous situations, and a last-minute save that illustrates how quick-thinking our monster-hunters need to be.
We also get lots of Spike, which of course means I was destined to rate this favorably no matter what. But it's the Spike we appreciate: the observer, the sooth-sayer, the one who can all at once threaten to turn you into a pin cushion and make you feel comforted.
I'm glad we got an entire issue devoted to checking in with our boys. Fingers crossed they keep on progressing towards (some wee bit) of romantic maturity....more
Picked this one up today at New York Comic Con. Great, detailed illustrations. Hilarious references to the original series. Definitely a worthy purchaPicked this one up today at New York Comic Con. Great, detailed illustrations. Hilarious references to the original series. Definitely a worthy purchase for any fan who likes to poke fun at the moments of over-the-top camp from Kirk, Spock, and the rest of the crew.
See the crewman. What is the crewman's name? It does not matter. Why does it not matter? He is wearing a red shirt. It is best not to get too attached.
Stunning illustrations and a compelling creepycute story make this a winner. I adore the grey graphics with the pop of orange. Kids should enjoy the cStunning illustrations and a compelling creepycute story make this a winner. I adore the grey graphics with the pop of orange. Kids should enjoy the characters' facial expressions as well as the surprise actions of the angry little carrots.
Probably not the thing to read if you want them to actually eat their carrots, though... ...more