Book Review: The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl by Melissa Keil

  Sarah is a lover of comic books. It’s apparent in then first paragraph when she explicitly and beautifully details a single panel of a Wonder Woman comic. You don’t need a picture of the panel. You can see it. 

I want to meet someone like her. 

Melissa Keil is an amazing writer, and I fell in love with each and every one of her characters from their respective introductions. 

And I love the regular reference to comic books. 

“…I can’t help but think that, comic book-wise, this while episode would probably fill nothing but a couple interlude frames; like that moment where a character has a sepia-tinted dream before crashing back into their real story.” 

And this: 

“I’m occupied with much more vital tasks of painting my toenails in Wonder Woman cobalt, with red tips and perfectly spaced white stars, and then cataloging my longboxes of comics into a color-coded Excel spreadsheet.”

Yes – if this girl is based on a real woman, I definitiely need to meet her. 

I really liked how it ended; I didn’t see where it was going. But then, the author pulls us into Sarah’s head, and she didn’t really know where it was going. 

“…the angst about doing is more terrifying than the actual leap.”

Yup. 

A beautiful story. Recommeneded. 

Thanks to NetGalley, Peachtree Publishers, and Myrick Marketing & Media for a copy in return for an honest review.

Book Review: Seven Continents by Mohan Bhasker

  Mohan Bhasker is an amazing photographer. 

And Seven Continents captures his ability wonderfully. 

From the colors of the seasons changing in Vermont to the glaciers of Antarctica to the cherry blossoms of Japan to the tigers of India. 

This isn’t the kind of book to inhale in a single sitting. The photos should be pored over slowly to get the full effect of the beauty from all over the world.  

And to hear the work that went into getting some of these pictures! Whether it’s just waiting for hours for the sun to come out behind the clouds or trekking miles to get to a secluded spot at just the right time of day, Bhasker has definitely put his time in to get these pictures. 

In the sand dunes in Brazil, “we slept on narrow hammocks that took some time getting used to, and on several occasions I slipped off in my sleep. We could not sleep on the floor for fear of being bitten by giant red ants, spiders, or scorpions.”

“I kept reminding myself that life is all about taking risks.”

It makes me want to travel the world and see it all firsthand. 

I could spend pages discussing what was beautiful in each part of the world. But it’d be better if you looked for yourself. 

Thanks to NetGalley and Schiffer Publishing for a copy in return for an honest review.

Book Review: Alternative Movie Posters II by Matthew Chojnacki

  These alternative posters are wonderful. 

And hearing the story behind each one – and behind the artists – is fascinating. 

I would love to see movie posters go back in this direction. Instead of (as the book constantly refers to) the photoshopped head shots. Yes, we can be more creative than that. And this book proves it. 

It’s also interesting to see the different types of media (mediums?) that the artists employ. These give a whole new dimension to this art. 

My favorite may be Keith Ten Eyck’s It poster. While I didn’t love the made-for-TV movie, the book is dear to my heart as my first King novel. Plus, it’s awesome.  

I also love Tim Anderson’s The Incredibles and The Matrix posters. 

Matt Ferguson’s Guardians of the Galaxy, as an homage to the Star Wars poster is excellent. 

Adam Sidwell’s Fight Club posters make me want to see the movie again. (His name is Robert Paulson.)

Several of these will be my iPad background in the coming months. 

Recommended if you’re into art or movies. 

Thanks to NetGalley and Schiffer Publishing for a copy in return for an honest review.

  

Comic Book Review: The Hockey Saint by Howard Shapiro

 I’ve read Shapiro before and I love the recommended listening idea he puts at the beginning of each chapter. (Especially when they include wonderful songs like Gary Jules’s Mad World.)

Though stories like this stress me out. The suspense of real-world type issues is more intense than the suspense of action movies. 

But it was a really good story. I’m not much on sports-related stuff, but I’ll read just about anything in graphic novel form, and this story was well worth it. A little bit about finding yourself. A little bit about redemption. A little bit about the real world. 

Thanks to NetGalley and Animal Media Group for a copy in return for an honest review.

Comic Book Review: Camp Midnight by Steven T. Seagle

 I love the art in this comic. 

And omigosh, Skye is hilarious. (I think she’s the same age as my daughter – and has the same level of sarcastic output). 

“Thank God.”

“Do not take the Lord’s name in vain.”

“How is thanking him vain?”

The story itself is enjoyable, and the art is pretty simple. But I love expressive characters with simple sequential art and this artist does really well with it. The coloring is well-done, too, and perfect for this book. 

And the story’s not so subtle message about being who you are, and that people will (should?) love you for who you are is important. 

Recommended. 

Thanks to NetGalley, Diamond, and Image Comics for a copy in return for an honest review. 

Comic Book Review: Insufferable by Mark Waid

 An intriguing idea. 

An obnoxious sidekick strikes out on his own leaving the hero to pick up the pieces of his inept activities.  

Hilarity ensues. 

No wait – that’s a different comic. 

This book is about growing up. 

Losing innocence.

It’s about heartbreak and pain.  

About family. 

About loss. 

Family is never easy. 

And just when you think they’ve gone over the edge…wait; I’m not going to ruin it for you. 

Just like I don’t know the end of the story because it’s TO BE CONTINUED. Rats. 

The art is dark. The story is interesting. And dark. It’s worth a read. But then I’m all about different takes on the superhero story. And, of course, it’s Mark Waid. 

Thanks to NetGalley, Diamond, and IDW for a copy in return for an honest review.

Comic Book Review: Echo Gear #1 by Vincent Sammy

  I had to read this twice to get the full effect of it. 

Gorgeous art. 

Wonderful poetry. 

Beautiful.

Lyrical. 

Of war. 

Of pain. 

And bitter irony. 

Recommended if you like your art a bit abstract. Your poetry less concrete. 

the harvest of tears won’t feed your children

Thanks to NetGalley and Rosarium Publishing for a copy in return for an honest review.