Supermutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki
This was a purchase I made when browsing through the book shop one day, I was looking for some more comic books to try out and I stumbled across this. I flicked through the pages and just found myself getting drawn in.
Told in a series of single page comics, it follows the lives of the students of Supermutant Magic Academy, a prep school for mutants and witches; despite their obvious differences a lot of the issues they face are familiar. Some pages really made me think, and others made me laugh out loud. I’d say the characters of Marsha and Wendy act as the centre and feature more than say Trixie or Everlasting Boy, but you feel invested in them (Marsha especially) so I didn’t mind.
It’s quirky, fun, provocative and not what I expected at all. I loved the artwork in this and the imagery worked so fluidly with the dialogue, Jilliam Tamaki just seemed to find the perfect balance of everything. It’s an easy enough read that you could probably get through it one sitting, but I’d suggest just taking your time, really look at the panels and take in what the characters are saying.
Thoroughly enjoyable and one that I would definitely recommend to other people, I will probably leaf through this again at some point in the near future and I’m SUPER keen to read some more of Jillian Tamaki’s work, but what a great place for me to start!
Star Rating out of 5: 5
‘I dunno, to be honest, I was just hoping to keep the demons away…’
Happy reading bookworms!
Clumsy by Jeffrey Brown.
I was looking at some of those ‘definitive’ lists for comic books to read and this one popped up on quite a few of them, so I figured why the heck not and bought a copy. This isn’t a comic book in the traditional sense, it doesn’t have amazing imagery nor are the drawings particularly detailed, in fact it’s quite haphazard but it’s exactly that, that gives it its charm.
It tells the story of a year-long, long distance relationship, through snippets we see the meeting, the initial romance, the arguments and insecurities and the unfortunate decline to the end of the relationship. Whilst the dialogue isn’t overly emotional it’s the honesty and observational quality of Jeffrey Brown’s storytelling that takes this from something that could have been mediocre to something that all of us can and should be able to relate to.
Not particularly lengthy (you could easily get through it in one sitting) this makes for a sweet little read, if you’re looking for some motivation to get nostalgic about ‘the one that got away’ then this is perfect. I recommend sticking on some mellow music and just allowing yourself to zone out!
Star Rating out of 5: 3
‘For being so weird!’
Trespasser Issue #2 – A Review
At the end of the last issue we saw Hector and Maria carrying on with their life after their visitor of the extra-terrestrial kind. Hector looking somewhat downhearted that the alien had gone without him being able to communicate with it properly, which begs the question are Hector and Maria completely alone? The lone survivors of an outbreak of some kind?
Unfortunately I didn’t get the answers to these questions in this issue, but I did get pulled in once more. The issue opens with Hector burying the alien’s spacesuit and gun. It’s immediately followed by Hector telling Maria about how he met her mum, the wording is interesting that Hector uses, it suggests that she hasn’t ever attended a school, which raises more questions about how long Maria has been living in this world where there’s radiation and food is sparse.
The big thing about this issue is the fact that Hector notices blisters on his arms which seems to send him into a panic. Again, it’s not fully clear whether this is down to the world they’re living in or something passed to Hector from the alien but Hector asks Maria to check herself and starts to grow weaker. Left to fend for herself Maria hears a noise and sees a shadow under the door, she shoots at the door and Hector stumbles out of bed and finds a strange symbol carved into the floor, another empty and bloodied spacesuit on top of it.
This was another great issue, the artwork and story really pulled me in, so many questions, so much intrigue and it ends perfectly, leaving me wanting more. I can’t wait to get stuck into Issue 3.
Trespasser is published by Alterna Comics and is available to buy on Comixology
Soppy by Philipa Rice.
My husband and I finally went on our honeymoon last week. We’ve been debating for a while where we should go, but with our jobs it’s difficult to find the time. As we both love London but have never been for more than a day, or been able to play tourist we decided to go. We booked a nice apartment in Bayswater and spent 4 days and 3 nights in the Big Smoke.
Sadly I will bore you with the full details in a separate blog post but one thing I wanted to share was this cute little graphic novel I picked up. I’d been aware of Philipa Rice in the past but had only seen one or two of her strips via the Internet. So you can imagine my joy when I spotted the book.
Soppy shows the story of a girl meeting a boy and the progression of their relationship as they movie in together. It shows all the little idiosyncrasies that go hand in hand with sharing your love, life and living space with another person. The drawings are loveable but it is the dialogue of the strips that really brings this to life. At so many points I giggled and showed a strip to my husband excitedly whilst uttering the phrase ‘It’s you and me!’ and to my delight he agreed.
Philipa has created something universal with Soppy, it could speak to any couple in any country and it’s a wonderful little treat. It feels all the more special that I found whilst on our Honeymoon. Why not give it a try?
Happy reading my beautiful bookworms.