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Archival Quality

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  1,992 ratings  ·  490 reviews
Everything you need to know is in the archives.

The Logan Museum is a mysterious old building practically covered in skulls, and also the new workplace of Celeste "Cel" Walden, a librarian who was let go from her previous job after a mental breakdown. But Cel is desperate to feel useful, and Abayomi Abiola, the Logan Museum's chief curator, is desperate to hire a new archiv
Paperback, 280 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by Oni Press
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Samantha Beard Totally depends on the 5th grader. I read books with much heavier themes than this in 5th grade.

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[Shai] Bibliophage
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Archival Quality is a graphic novel about Celeste “Cel” Walden who’s battling mental health issues on her own. Due to her condition, Cel was fired from her work as a library assistant; she searched for a new job online and found an archivist opening in the Logan Museum. She was hired immediately by Abayomi, the Chief Curator, and she was offered a free lodging in the museum’s apartment; Cel is required to work after museum hours thus the complimentary accommodation.
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Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic, ghosts
I admit my attention was first snagged by the title.
"Archival Quality," in case you don't know, means that a material is resistant to or does not cause degradation in materials. Lignin or acid free paper, for instance, which don't yellow and crumble with time.

This book is not about that.
If there was a connection, it was metaphorical and I didn't get what the author was driving at.
In fact, if anything, everybody and everything in the book was pretty prone to disintegration -- so maybe the title
Jan 31, 2018 rated it did not like it
Ohh, where do I begin with this.

I really did want to love this book, the idea and the premise were so promising and I was hooked...

I did appriciate that it dealt with mental health, th diverse characters and the whole idea of thw museum and its macabre secret, but my appreciation ends here.

The story was poorly executed, the charaters fell flat and I, as a person that strugles with depression, could not relate to the main character Cel. In fact I found her incredibly immature for her age and ann
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
Archival Quality is an interesting and somewhat dark story about a young woman who becomes the overnight archivist librarian for an asylum-turned-library, where dreams of a strange and tortured young woman lead her on a chase for answers and a way to offer reprieve to a broken, lost spirit haunting the library.

The art style in this graphic novel isn't my favorite, but it's made up for by how much I enjoyed the plot and how easily I could relate to Cel. Celeste is struggling tremendously with he
Sep 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
Following a very intense mental "episode" twenty something Cel Walden loses her job working in the tech department at a library. Desperate for another job she takes a position as an "archivist" at a local medical museum. Before long she becomes embroiled in the strange goings on there. From an ominous seeming, enigmatic board of directors to the off putting head curator to mysterious noises and "accidents" in the darkest hours of the night Cel suddenly has a lot on her plate to figure out. Can s ...more
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley-2018, 2018
Cel has just lost her job at the library. It's inferred that she had some kind of mental breakdown at work. She finds a new job as an archivist at a medical museum. It's a very odd job in that there's an apartment for her to stay at in the basement and she has to do the archiving by herself overnight. It makes very little sense. She, of course, starts hearing strange noises, things are knocked off shelves, all the usual cliched spectral visitations. Meanwhile her boyfriend is constantly trying t ...more
Krista Regester
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Thought I was going to looooove this.

Mental health ✅

But naw guys. The art was weird especially since the main character's design was focused on the LEAST.
Schizanthus Nerd
Trigger Warning - mental health.

This should have been the perfect graphic novel for me. I hate writing negative reviews and I want you to know there are plenty of really positive reviews too. I would encourage you, if you’re considering reading this graphic novel, to check out some of the 4 and 5 star reviews as well. Just because it wasn’t for me doesn’t mean it won’t be for you. 😊

Our main character, Celeste Walden (Cel), has lost her dream job in a library as a result of a breakdown, lives at
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley

This was a really nice story that managed to be cute and creepy at the same time. I liked how it dealt with Celeste's mental illness and also tied it back into the ghost story and talked a bit about the history of how we've handled mental health [aka not well]. I liked all the characters but also they all felt a little bit two-dimensional and some of their actions I feel were only there to move the plot forward and not because they actually made
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Hoo boy, there's a lot wrong here. The main character is insufferable instead of sympathetic. The characters don't start investigating the mystery until the last quarter of the book. The art is so shaky that character's pupils are sometimes going in violently opposing directions. Worst of all, this is set in a museum library and archive, written by a librarian, that treats librarianship like a fallback job.

The characters that work here are a college dropout, a med school dropout, and someone wh
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
The cover and title are a little misleading! I was expecting a paranormal romance about archives, instead got a slightly spooky mystery about mental health and the legacy of psychiatric sanatoriums. I would have preferred the former, but the latter was alright. I don't think the art will be for everyone, but I found it charming.

Also not to be That Librarian - there's some big suspension of disbelief to be done regarding how this fictional library/archive/museum is operated - but there is one par
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received an e-arc from netgally for an honest review.

The main reason I drawn to this graphic novel was because I work in a museum and the prospect of dealing with haunted objects is something we joke about.

The story centers around Cel, who lost her job in a library due to her mental illness and subsequent breakdown. She then sucures a job in a museum which was once a sanitarium amougst other things.

The fact that the location itself is quite unsettling is one thing, but her co-worker doesn't
Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
This, was not what I was expecting... yes it is a ghost story inside of an archive, but more than that, it's a story about overcoming fears and personal demons. An and fast paced graphic novel, thank you Netgalley for providing me this arc. ...more
Where to even start with this....
I guess I will start with the most obvious thing - the art in this does not match the story AT ALL. The art is VERY juvenile, which gives the graphic novel the immediate appearance of being something that should be aimed at teens or even tweens - but (despite the fantasy elements of the story) the themes in the story itself are way too adult for this audience.
The protagonist is an adult woman suffering from diagnosed clinical depression so severe that it
♛ Garima ♛
Solid 3.5 stars

I don't know who bottom 2 girls are but 3 standing are, Molly, Gina and Caleste

I really liked the cast here, all of them. All had their flaws but it made book more compelling in the end. I think blurb is pretty accurate and all you need to know to get into this book.

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3.5 stars. Celeste “Cel” Walden loses her job as a Library Assistant and answers a posting for an Archives Assistant at a medical museum. The building housing the museum has been different things over its lifetime, including a psychiatric facility.
Soon after Cel begins working at the place (it’s a creepy building, with its silences and lack of visitors, and mysterious Board of Directors), she begins dreaming of a young woman who seems to be undergoing some sort of pseudoscientific treatment for
Kristen P
Jun 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: atrocious, 2018-pub
I apologize for being so blunt, but frankly, this book sucks. The one thing that really stuck out to me was the illustrations. Especially compared to the other graphic novels I have read, the drawing style is under-developed and shows ambiguous emotions, as well as being not-so-aesthetically-pleasing.

The storytelling overall is ineffective and does not tell a cohesive story. In relation to plot, the first half of the novel is mixed with no clear direction. By the time the main character, Cel, s
Anne Nerison
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book kind of fell flat for me. Positives first: diverse characters (in terms of race and sexual orientation), dealing with mental health issues, a female lead (who's also a librarian), a ghost story, and an old mental health institution.

Negatives: First, the way the characters interact with each other feels "off." In other words, the actions they take throughout make sense, but they act in ways that are kind of cliched and don't seem totally realistic (Abayomi being totally unwilling to di
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
I just had a really hard time suspending my disbelief over the basic premise of "these medical archives will hire a college dropout as an archivist and we provide an on-site apartment for you to live in and you can only digitize things at NIGHT because those are just the hours okay!" Like...yeah sure that's the setup for a haunted house story or whatever but I feel like the author could have tried a little harder to make that setup make...sense?

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Maggie Gordon
Jun 15, 2018 rated it liked it
I mistakenly thought this book was aimed towards much younger readers, but it has a rather dark plot about the damages of ableism in regards to those with mental illness. Don't let the soft, cute artwork trick you! There's some really interesting stuff being discussed in these pages, though I do wish the author had pushed a bit far in some of the themes. Really interesting and unique find in the YA graphic novel world. ...more
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, 2019
My first sitting-outside read of the year!

The author based the main character, Cel, on her own experiences in libraries and archives. Cel’s depression is based on the author’s life too, and the result is a very real, uncomfortable, tense, but ultimately hopeful read. The artwork was quiet and melancholy, a perfect match for the setting. I really liked Cel’s persistence in her pursuit to free Celene, and how she compared and contrasted their experiences with mental illness.
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I enjoyed this book for its representation of mental health and how it can effect someone and those around them when they are at their lowest. It highlights how important it is to have those people in your life who are there for you when you do get to that low point.
Stewart Tame
Dec 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Celeste Walden takes a new job at a creepy old medical museum after being let go from her previous job after a mental breakdown. There are odd aspects to her new situation. She's encouraged to live in an on-site apartment, and required to work during the night. She begins to have bizarre dreams, possibly related to the history of the building, and hearing unexplained noises. Clearly something is going on, but her new supervisor seems reluctant to talk about it …

This was a fun, slightly spooky ta
All of my librarian friends need to read this graphic novel about books/archives/libraries/information and who owns information. It was fascinating and spooky and relatable. It also has a very realistic depiction of mental health and how people with mental illnesses are treated in the past and present.
***I received this book free from a Goodreads giveaway***

Actual Rating: 3.25 stars

Despite being a paranormal mystery, this graphic novel has such colorful cute artwork and I adored it! I read the entire thing in two sittings and I can’t believe I didn’t pick it up sooner (I won it from a Goodreads giveaway over a year ago, whoops).

Archival Quality follows, Cel, a young woman recently fired from job as a librarian after having a mental breakdown at work, as she tries to pick herself back up and m
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Cel Walden is having some mental health troubles. As a result, she loses her job at the library, but soon finds gainful employment as an archivist at the Logan Museum, a little-known repository of medical history. The new job is not quite what Cel imagined it might be: she's required to keep odd hours, obey a byzantine set of rules regarding her comings and goings, deal with a uniquely abrasive (and oddly secretive) boss, and, on top of all that, the museum (and her new apartment) both seem to b ...more
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I wouldn’t say this book is semi-autobiographical, but the author does know about mental illness and archiving medical history.

Cel, the main character, has such a job, and the mental illness, but she loves the structure of doing this sort of work.

If you pick up and only read the first few pages, you might say, “what the heck is going on,” which is what I did, but then I got past that, and realized that this was a pretty cool little story of the bad things that happened to people of mental illnes
Celeste hasn't been in the best mental health for a while, especially not after losing her job at the library. She manages to find a library job that doesn't require a degree, and when she visits the medical museum archive, she discovers that she's not only hired immediately but given an apartment in the museum so she can do her work during the overnight shift. Her boyfriend isn't keen on her going, but Celeste feels like she's found some forward momentum out of her depression, and she refuses t ...more
Andrea Lorenz
Celeste, or Cel, is feeling adrift after losing her beloved library job. When a mysterious job at a local medical museum opens up, Cel jumps at the chance to do something like what she loves. The job is straightforward, but the circumstances are odd. She lives in an apartment above the museum, she can't go into the third floor or the board room, her boss, the chief curator, is both nowhere to be found and everywhere at once. When Cel starts having dreams about a girl who had been a patient at th ...more
Mar 06, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This looked interesting. This was interesting. An almost creepy story, the inherent creepiness of the environment and situation offset by the brightly outfitted seemingly Legos figurines inspired characters and a fairly cheery overall tone.
A peculiar juxtaposition, considering that the themes the books deals with are very heavy, very dark and, moreover, inspired by the author’s actual life. Themes like depression and various mental challenges and the way society addresses and deals with it, the
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Ivy Noelle Weir is a writer of comics and prose. She is the co-creator of the Dwayne McDuffie Award-winning graphic novel Archival Quality (Oni Press), the upcoming The Secret Garden on 81st Street (Little, Brown for Young Readers), and her writing has appeared in anthologies such as Princeless: Girls Rock (Action Lab Entertainment) and Dead Beats (A Wave Blue World). She lives in the greater Bost ...more

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