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Here There Be Gerblins

(The Adventure Zone Graphic Novels #1)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  20,411 ratings  ·  1,981 reviews
Welcome to the Adventure Zone!

SEE! The illustrated exploits of three lovable dummies set loose in a classic fantasy adventure!

READ! Their journey from small-time bodyguards to world-class artifact hunters!

MARVEL! At the sheer metafictional chutzpah of a graphic novel based on a story created in a podcast where three dudes and their dad play a tabletop role playing game in
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 17th 2018 by First Second
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Jackie Nope. If you enjoy the comic though, I'd definitely listen to the podcast afterwards as it's excellent. The two go well together, but the comic stands…moreNope. If you enjoy the comic though, I'd definitely listen to the podcast afterwards as it's excellent. The two go well together, but the comic stands alone and makes sense without background context.

There are inside jokes that you wouldn't "get" unless you are part of the fandom, but nothing that sticks out or doesn't stand on its own. (less)

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I'm a big fan of The Adventure Zone podcast. So when the McElroys asked me if I wanted to write an introduction for the upcoming comic book adaptation, I gave an enthusiastic hell yes.

I just re-read my Advance Reader Copy of the book, and rather than ramble on here, I'm going to print that introduction in its entirety, so you can see how I really feel about the book:

* * *

When it comes to the Adventure Zone, and the McElroys as a whole, I'll admit that I've been late to the game.

My friends have a
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
UPDATE: $2.99 on Kindle US today 5/10/21

That was freakin fun!! 😃

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure: Merle has cast Zone of Truth, so this review is unreservedly honest.

If you are anything like me, you're coming to this book with years of feverish McElroy sycophancy under the belt, many of which have been spent urgently foisting The Adventure Zone and My Brother, My Brother and Me upon poor unsuspecting friends. (The Donald Duck impressions bit is my go-to introductory bit.) But whether you're a superfan or a newcomer looking to dip your toes in, I can say with full confidence
1. I cannot believe I snagged an ARC of this. Thanks, Macmillian. Honestly. I'm !!!!

It's absolutely, 100%, exactly everything you always wanted.

Carey Pietsch did an absolutely MAGNIFICENT job with the character designs. And the environment designs. And literally everything, to be honest. All of the artwork is stunning. It's hard to translate something purely auditory into a visual medium, especially something so beloved that has millions of different people imagin
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm really, really biased here, so my rating counts for nothing.

Some Background

I've been listening to a half-dozen McElroy (pronounced MAC-EL-ROY, not MIC-EHL-ROY — don't worry, it's a mistake everyone makes at first) podcasts for a couple of years now, The Adventure Zone among them. What initially started as a one-off "special" that the brothers did while Justin was on break from their first (and longest-running) series, My Brother, My Brother, and Me, after the birth of his first daughter, mor
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2018
I feel bad about this rating.

Goodreads has two stars as meaning "it was ok" and that's really how I feel about this adaptation. It had almost none of the magic of the podcast. It tries to capture at times the goofy, playful feeling the original telling of the McElroys playing together and figuring out how to make D&D work, but these attempts, to me, fell flat and felt out of place.

As such, the shining moments of the first arc of The Adventure Zone Balance, really don't come across the same. I'
Dave Schaafsma
I mainly read this because it was a 2018 Goodreads Graphic Novel/Comics series nominee and I thought this year I would read the few I had not already read, but 1) I am not a gamer, nope never have been and 2) I am not particularly a fantasy guy. On the positive side of the ledger, I do like it that it is a father and sons project: I am a father and like that aspect of it (I almost rated it up a point just for that), but I have never listened to the podcast on which it is based.

IF you are a game
Ashley Daviau
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You know a story is going to be good when Patrick Rothfuss is writing the intro and a big fan. And this graphic novel was beyond good! In fact, it’s one of the best ones I’ve read yet and it only got better in my second read through. I know it’s based on a D&D podcast but you definitely don’t need to be into D&D to enjoy the hell out of this graphic novel. I for one have zero knowledge of D&D and I still absolutely devoured it. I couldn’t get enough of this hilarious story of a magical quest and ...more
Jay G
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest review!

Video Review:

Based off of a Dungeons and Dragons podcast run by three brothers and their dad, this adventure follows three unlikely heroes... Taako the elf wizard, Merle the dwarf cleric, and Magnus the human warrior. They set off on a quest to save Merle's cousin but things ge
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Apparently I'm no longer one of the cool kids, because I'd never heard of this podcast before today. This is based on an RPG podcast where three brothers record their role-playing adventures with their dad. This reads exactly like one of the Dungeons & Dragons campaigns I used to have with my friends growing up. Lots of irreverence and goofing off amidst a fantasy backdrop that we actually grew to take very seriously as time was invested in our characters. I liked the look-ins from the DM. I was ...more
Mar 19, 2019 rated it liked it
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[3.5 Stars]
I think I should have checked out the podcast before jumping into this. I more than likely would have appreciated this more with knowing a bit more about the authors. I also have no experience with table top games and don't know how they're generally played (cue the booing). So when they brought the dice out and talk about spell slots, I didn't fully follow. But I thought this was a fun romp with some solid art. The characters are all pretty consistent, and I enjoyed their banter. I e
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Doesn't quite capture the experience of listening to it, and I'm honestly not sure how clearly it would read to someone who hasn't listened, but as a supplement to the original podcast, it gave me a lot of warm fuzzy feelings of getting to hang out with a gang I love, back at the very beginning. ...more
rachel ☾
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it

Trigger warnings for (view spoiler).

3.5 out of 5 stars

I'VE listened the podcast of this series and really enjoyed it so I was super interested to read the graphic novelisation of it and see how it translated. As always it's an incredibly fun story! The world building is rich and the characters are loveable oafs.

The way Griffin (the DM) is integrated into the story was very clever and there were lovely little asides where the characters would interact with him. These moments were funny and always came at the right moment, providin
May 14, 2021 rated it liked it
Probably I was supposed to have listened to the podcast first.

It was mildly funny. I like the second half better, when there was more of a plot.
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's really quite remarkable how they've been able to translate the feel of the podcast into a comic. Really well done. I truly hope all of the campaigns are adapted.

(And, oh, the foreshadowing! The pathos!)
Shaun Hutchinson
I enjoyed this. Not as much as the podcast, but I think it'll be interesting to watch the comic find its feet in the same way the podcast did. ...more
Aug 21, 2018 rated it liked it
As an attempt to capture the magic of the podcast it doesn't completely work.

As an attempt to turn a podcast into a fully independent book it doesn't completely work.

Already at a disadvantage without their distinct audio delivery and interactions to sell the story, their clunky unfamiliarity with the comic format undercuts some of the best moments and most memorable jokes Then there's the bizarre decision to cut out the characters real-life counterparts.

The Adventure Zone is a Tabletop RPG podc
After spending years of my life on Critical Role (my first and truest love), I have now expanded my D&D world to include the hilarious and sweet Adventure Zone graphic novel and podcast. This was just stupid great. I've only listened to three episodes of the podcast and I loved seeing it reflected in the graphic novel - they did an amazing job translating this in multiple ways: from live game to podcast to GN. Amazing.

(On a side note, I'd like to read the Critical Role graphic novel as well [and
Rod Brown
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
I'm trying to catch up on the few Goodreads Choice Awards graphic novels that I haven't read in the final round, which is why I am reading a graphic novel adaptation of a work with which I have no familiarity despite my repeated vows to myself to never do that again.

Apparently this is based on a podcast. And maybe hearing the guys talk makes all the difference, because I did not find this tribute to Dungeons & Dragons to be particularly funny, despite all the heavy-handed effort obvious on each
Anwen Hayward
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Funny well plotted even if a little wacky and the artwork is fun. The family of McElroys reslly know how to have fun. Definitely reccomend this for some light hearted fun.
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh you guys, I'm not sure I can really be objective when it comes to this book in particular and The Adventure Zone as a whole. The podcast itself came into my life a couple of years ago in a moment when not only was I just venturing into tabletop gaming myself, but I was struggling with severe depression and anxiety. It was exactly what I needed, and while when I started listening I was desperate for the laughs it gave me, the fact that the story deepened and grew into something really interest ...more
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'M OVERJOYED!!!! I'm so lucky that TAZ: Balance hasn't ended with the podcast and my overwhelming love for it can transfer to graphic novels now too. The story and characters translated so well from audio to visual and this was a super fun adaptation of the first arc I am SO EXCITED for more and to hopefully someday own all of Balance on my bookshelf!! ...more
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This adaptation turned out great—I’m thrilled. I’m especially appreciative of the fact that each joke felt like it deserved to be in print, and not like you were missing something by not listening to the podcast. Good job, McElboys.
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
i love it so much im genuinely considering buying a second copy
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m having a great time on this adventure, and I like how we’re getting closer as friends!

Beautifully crafted and hilarious.
Newly Wardell
Oct 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Well I didnt listen to the podcast but I have played the game and this reminded me why I stopped. I dunno maybe I was way too excited about it so my expectations were impossibly high but I couldnt get into it. More emphasis was put on snark than storytelling and since when does the funny equate to a 4 letter word vocab. I mean come on! Its the equivalent of toilet paper stuck to the bottom of a shoe. Yep it works but with repetition comes contempt. The story wasnt what earned the 3 stars this is ...more
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 / 5 Stars

The first chapter of the epic Balance campaign brought to a new medium, making the conversion from podcast to graphic novel. As a huge fan of the podcast who listened to this story unfold in real time, it was a treat to finally have this comic come to fruition.

Half module, half original story, this chapter kicks off a truly remarkable (and loosely-rules) D&D 5e campaign than ran for over three years. There is a short but sweet intro by Patrick Rothfuss before dropping us right in th
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
I've been excited about this book ever since it was announced and was delighted to get to hear Travis McElroy, Clint McElroy and Carey Pietsch talk about it's creation on a panel at SDCC. One of the early decisions they had to make was: Would they include only Taako, Merle and Magnus as the characters or would they include Taako, Justin, Merle, Clint, Magnus AND Travis as characters? Would Griffin's voice only be included in narration or would he appear as a character? I think they made the righ ...more
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Clint McElroy is the father of Justin, Travis, and Griffin McElroy. He does the Adventure Zone podcast with them and has also appeared on several Maximum Fun donors-only bonus episodes.

Clint is the Ultimate Dad.

Other books in the series

The Adventure Zone Graphic Novels (4 books)
  • Murder on the Rockport Limited!  (The Adventure Zone Graphic Novels #2)
  • Petals to the Metal  (The Adventure Zone Graphic Novels #3)
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