The Escape Manual for Introverts by Katie Vaz

The Escape Manual for Introverts

by Katie Vaz.

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Feeling cornered at a wedding reception by gossipy guests? Stuck at a holiday party that lasts forever? This beautifully illustrated book is the ultimate funny, sometimes absurd guide to escaping those painfully awkward situations. 

Trapped in an airplane seated next to a chatterbox? Are you hosting a dinner party with people who just won’t leave? Katie Vaz has the key to your escape. The Escape Manual for Introverts guides readers through different scenarios with themed chapters (“Friends,” “Family,” “Strangers,” etc.). Each chapter covers a range of situations, from an invitation to karaoke night to group lunchtime. And she offers a number of escapes for each scenario: bringing odoriferous foods to lunch for a while, having a pet (real or imagined) that “requires” frequent check-ins, and even investing in a jet pack. This book features Vaz’s full-page illustrated spreads, hand-lettering, and spot illustrations. From the silly to the sincere, Vaz’s clever, hilarious escape plans and bizarre excuses speak to the introvert in all of us.

Taken from book blurb

Release Date: 6 August, 2019.

Length: 144 pages

Series: N/A.

Genre: Self-Help. Graphic Novel.

Read as: an eBook.

Sourced: NetGalley.


My Thoughts

The Escape Manual for Introverts, is a fun and quick read which not only features cute illustrations but actual advice. I will admit that when engaging socially with people, I tend to get emotionally exhausted and over the years I have found I do have a time limit on how much social interaction I can take. The Escape Manual for Introverts is a perfect guide for people who want ready made excuses to get out of social engagements.

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Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

Heartstopper

by Alice Oseman.

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BCharlie, a highly-strung, openly gay over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, meet at a British all-boys grammar school. Friendship blooms quickly, but could there be something more…? 

Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn’t been too great, but at least he’s not being bullied anymore, and he’s sort of got a boyfriend, even if he’s kind of mean and only wants to meet up in secret.

Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He’s heard a little about Charlie – the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months – but he’s never had the opportunity to talk to him. That is, until the start of January, in which Nick and Charlie are placed in the same form group and made to sit together.

They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner…


From the author of Solitaire and Radio Silence comes a bind up of the first two chapters of Heartstopper, an ongoing webcomic.

Length: 288 Pages.

Series: Heartstopper #1

Genre: YA. M/M Romance. QUILTBAG. Graphic Novel.

Read as an: Paperback


My Thoughts

Okay so first up I loved this book(!) but you need to know the emotional journey I went on while reading it.

  • I had a Bubble bath and read Heartstopper.
  • I needed to read more of Heartstopper.
  • I researched and found out it is a web-comic.
  • I read all that is available of the web-comic.
  • I needed to read more of Heartstopper.
  • I preordered the fuck out of the second book.
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Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Comic Book

Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Comic Book

by Various (credited below).

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Blurb: As seen on The Daily Dot, Engadget, Pride, i09 and more, the Dream Daddy comics are now collected in a trade paperback! 

Oni Press presents Dream Daddy, a comics series based on the acclaimed Game Grumps visual novel video game!

Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator invites the player to Maple Bay, where they play as a single Dad new to town and eager to romance other hot Dads. The comic series tells five standalone stories, each focused on different Maple Bay Dads, their kids, and their relationships with one another. Dive into entirely new stories featuring the backstories and adventures of your favorite Dads, told by game co-creators Leighton Gray and Vernon Shaw, along with the comic industry’s top indie talent like C. Spike Trotman, Josh Trujillo, and Kris Anka!

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Release Date: 14 May, 2019

Length: 128 pages.

Issues: Dream Daddy #1-5

Genre: Comic. QUILTBAG.

Read as: eBook.

Sourced: NetGalley.


My Thoughts

If you don’t already know, Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Comic Book is based off a dating simulator game called, Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator. If you are still unsure, Dream Daddy is a gay dating sim where you play a Dad who finds romance in his new neighbourhood.

If you were ever unsure, yes both the book and game are amazing.

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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.

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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”

Book Bingo: Four in One

Book Bingo - with stamps

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.

200px-West_lonelyheartsA Forgotten Classic

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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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.