Rat Queens Volume One: Sass and Sorcery

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rat-queens-vol-01Rat Queens Volume One: Sass and Sorcery

Written by Kurtis J Wiebe.

Art by Roc Upchurch.

Goodreads: link.

Six Word Summary: Intrigued. Compelled. Need to read more.

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Blurb: Who are the Rat Queens?

They’re a pack of booze-guzzling, death-dealing battle maidens-for-hire and they’re in the business of killing all the god’s creatures for profit. Meet Hannah the Rockabilly Elven Mage, Violet the Hipster Dwarven Fighter, Dee the Atheist Human Cleric and Betty the Hippy Smidgen Thief.

This modern spin on an old school genre is a violent, monster-killing epic that is like Buffy meets Tank Girl in a Lord of the Rings world on crack!

Collecting Rat Queens #1-5!


Release Date: March 26, 2014.
Length: 128 pages.
Genre: Graphic Novel & Fantasy.
Read as a: Paperback.

 

My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this graphic novel, it had me smiling, cringing, and (a truly rare occurrence) actually snorting. The first book, Sass and Sorcery is really in your face as the characters, world, and kind of bloody minded humour of the world is set up. Pages had me holding the book away from myself, taking in the bloody sense, others had me smirking at the banter between the Rat Queens, but as the book went on the more I felt connected to the story and the characters. Continue reading “Rat Queens Volume One: Sass and Sorcery”

Anticipated Arrival: C.S. Pacat’s Fence Vol.1

Anticpated arrivals

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A graphic novel series by C.S.Pacat, Fence looks at the world of fencing. Below is the blurb of the upcoming graphic novel, mainly because I have next to no idea about the plot of the series 😛 Continue reading “Anticipated Arrival: C.S. Pacat’s Fence Vol.1”

DeadEndia: The Complete Season One by Hamish Steele

Pride Month

deadendiaDeadEndia: The Complete Season One

by Hamish Steele.

Format: Paperback.

Goodreads: link.

Author: link.

Webcomic: link.

Six Word Summary: A Fun and Spooky Queer Ride!

Blurb: Barney needs a job and a place to live. So he takes up his best friend’s offer and becomes the janitor of a haunted house attraction at Winslow’s Wonderland. Only thing is, the horrors don’t stop when the work day’s done.

Along with his friend Norma and talking dog Pugsley, the gang battle demonic party poopers, creepy therapists and even scarier love lives.

Created by Hamish Steele, author of Pantheon and based on his animated short for Cartoon Hangover, this book collects the first season of the popular webcomic that has been praised for its honesty, diversity and story telling.

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Small Snippet of 2017

Small Snippet 2017

It’s been a long time since I wrote one of these and in that time a lot of things have caught my attention. I thought I’d go easy on myself and stick to the three item format. So the below items have either been important throughout the year or are just vague enough for me to include.

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Home Adventures with Tip and Oh

I have an, at times, very embarrassing obsession with cartoons. While I may enjoy watching the shows, I’m not always forthcoming with admitting it to people. However with Home Adventures with Tip and Oh, I will shout my love from the rooftops!

 

Based on the Dreamworks movie, Home, the show expands the story, characters, and universe of the movie. Do not judge the cartoon by the movie, where Home was somewhat vapid and uninspiring, Home Adventures with Tip and Oh is a humourous and sweet show.

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Book Bingo: Four in One

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It’s been almost two months since last updating so I have a few more books to cross off the bingo card. Over all this batch of books has been a bit all over the place, I’ve had books I loved, books I hated but mainly the books are ones that I would not have normally read except for the bingo card.

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Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West

To say that this book was unpleasant would be an understatement. It is not that the book is bad, it is more that the book is very depressing, it is from a depressing era (the actual Depression) and is quite upfront with the tragedies that have befallen the people who write into Miss Lonelyheart. The book was quite unsettling and upsetting, after having put it down I have every intention of repressing my memories, here is hoping I can make Miss Lonelyhearts a true forgotten classic.

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Book Bingo: Hamish Steele’s Pantheon

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I did not anticipate writing a little review for each book I read but as soon as I finished Hamish Steele’s Pantheon I knew I had to write about it. While I will not be writing a post for each book that I read, I will be posting updates on my progress (if I have made any) in the last week of each month.So keep your eyes peeled for those posts and if I read any more books that blow me away I will write a longer post about it.

Happy reading!

Self Published

Screen_Shot_2014-10-17_at_20.34.40Hamish Steele’s Pantheon: The True Story of the Egyptian Deities.

I just want to start out by saying that Hamish Steele’s Pantheon is hilarious!

All throughout the 179 page graphic novel, I had a wide smile on my face.

The Pantheon is a graphic adaptation of Egyptian myths which include the Creation story, the phallus of Osiris and the conflict between Horus and Set. Steele starts the book with a forward where he discusses his source information and states that he has tried to stay as faithful as possible. Pantheon not only delivers on these stories but it does so in an incredibly entertaining, funny and beautiful way.

The graphic novel falls under the self published category as the project was originally a Kickstarter campaign. I myself contributed and as happy as I was that the project was funded, am overjoyed at the final product I received. It was such an amazing feeling to get to the end of the book and see my name in the backers section.

The writing, art and humour on display in this book is nothing short of genius. The pace of each page flows smoothly and the humour (which is very adult, so not recommended for kiddies) jumps off the page. The style of the art is beautiful, with the simple lines belying the incredible skill of Steele. Pantheon had me laughing out loud, gasping in happy shock (please see page 107) and learning.

I am so happy that I was able to contribute to the creation of this book in some small way. If you are interested in purchasing a copy, I would highly recommend it!

 

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Haruki Murakami’s The Strange Library.

I am part of a book club where each member gets to pick which book we all read. The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami was my pick for the month, however since the book club only meets at the end of each month I will be keeping my lips sealed until after the meet up.

Although since, as with the blog, if I didn’t enjoy the book I probably wouldn’t include it, so there is a hint as to my feelings 😉

Natasha Allegri’s Adventure Time with Fionna & Cake

fionna_cake_tpb_cvrI would like to start this post by stating how much I enjoy Adventure Time. The innocence and fun that is coupled with a larger, slightly sinister back-story is what really draws me into the cartoon. The mixture of sub-textual implications and background images combine to make the world of Adventure Time such a solid show.

The prospect of gender swapping is not new to Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake, from the graphic novel, having appeared in three episodes (‘Fionna and Cake’, ‘Bad Little Boy,’ and Fionna briefly appears in ‘Mystery Dungeon’). Fionna, the opposite of Finn and Cake the counterpart of Jake, occupy a world incredibly similar to that of the original show. Previous episodes have seen the Ice King tell stories of the pair in his fan fictions which is seemingly where the pair originate. Characters that have featured previously are Prince Bubblegum, Lumpy Space Prince, Marshall Lee, and the surprisingly competent Ice Queen. It is said that the original inspiration for Fionna and Cake came from a small comic by Natasha Allegri where Fionna cannot go swimming as she has her period.

The graphic novel starts off with Cake telling the story of how volcanoes are formed, this starting fable is incredibly beautiful with the art and text blending to tell the bitter-sweet story. The story is soon interrupted by the Ice Queen who is wreaking havoc on some animals of the Land of Ooo. The graphic novel, which was originally published as six comics, sees the introduction of the Flame Princesses’ male counterpart, Flame Prince.

The graphic novel features two additional stories, which feature the work of  Lucy Knisley and Kate Leth, before continuing the larger story arch. The second story which has a focus on Lumpy Space Prince features a haunting, almost photo realistic depiction, which in its own way is both adorable but also very creepy.

The world that Natasha has created is a beautiful and charismatic one. The fullness of Fionna’s figure is also a very refreshing one, and the way in which relationships are portrayed really differentiate this graphic novel from other Adventure Time works. My gender may have something to do with it but I find myself drawn to Fionna and Cake far more. The art and character design of Natasha Allegri is simply stunning, so much so that I after I had finished the graphic novel, I sought out more of her work. Which lead to me making my first ever pledge to Kickstarter, with the money going Natasha Allergri’s new and original cartoon series, Bee and Puppycat.

At the heartof this graphic novel is an alternate story to Adventure Time but for those who have read and enjoyed it, it is a sweet, funny and emotional read. In my opinion, the Fionna and Cake sub-plot rivals that of the original. I look very forward to seeing more work of Natasha Allegri’s Fionna and Cake, as well as her Bee and Puppycat. I would highly recommend this book, however a knowledge and previous viewing of Adventure Time would be advantageous.