I am still not into graphic novels like a lot of readers are. However, I love Lucy Knisley’s writing and drawing style. This is her latest book and it takes us through the year of prepping for her wedding day.
There is a lot DIY-ing and momzilla of the bride moments from this book and it was hilarious. Her illustrations and coloring are incredible and a pleasure to look at. I have read a majority of her work and have enjoyed it all.
I gave this book 5 crowns.
The only I graphic novel I enjoyed was Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley. Does anyone have any suggestions for me?
Publication date: April 11, 2017
Description from the Publishers through Netgalley
An experiment in social isolation turns into a journey of self-discovery as a photojournalist commits to chronicle 60 days in New York city without talking to a single person. More than just an exercise in observation and self-control, he’s hoping to forget a troubled past and mend a broken heart. But the city has a sneaky way of throwing the best laid plans and noble efforts to waste revealing secrets that lie right in front of him. All he has to do is open his eyes … A touching, vividly illustrated journey through contemporary modern New York, exploring what it takes to find yourself- and maybe your soulmate – in the middle of a crowded, bustling modern world.
This is a quick but interesting read. This graphic novel touches on our insecurities, our secrets, our pain and our loves. The illustrations are vivid and pleasing to look at. I was a bit confused by the story line at first but it did come together for me in the end.
I enjoyed this graphic novel and it has been a while since I was able to say that. I received this e -ARC for review by the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I give this book 4 crowns.
Publication date: March 7, 2017
Description from the Publishers through Netgalley
“Rosanna Bruno’s speculative look at Emily Dickinson’s social media feed is so hysterical you may find yourself with a case of the vapors.”–Alison Bechdel
America’s favorite recluse just got a life! With her distinctively funky drawing style and insightful wit, artist Rosanna Bruno presents a cross-generational Dickinson for the 21st century.
Emily Dickinson said: “Tell all the truth, but tell it slant.” Artist Rosanna Bruno does just as the poet asked in a series of several dozen witty, hand-drawn cartoons inspired by what we know–and don’t know–about Dickinson’s life and work. The Slanted Life of Emily Dickinson explores–often hilariously, and always respectfully–the myth surrounding the reclusive poet using her own words to skew, or slant, a story that is already somewhat fuzzy in detail.
Beginning with a line or two from Dickinson’s poems or letters, Rosanna Bruno presents an image of a real or imagined event. For example, she imagines Dickinson’s Facebook page (“Relationship Status: It’s Complicated”), her OkCupid dating profile (“I am small, like the wren; and my hair is bold, like the chestnut burr…”), her senior yearbook page (“Girl Most Likely to Talk to Birds”), and several other hilarious scenes and fictional artifacts. The result is a wickedly funny portrait of one of the most beloved (and mythologized) poets in the American canon.
I can remember reading Emily Dickinson’s work when I was younger and finding it very interesting. When I saw that a graphic novel was being made that gave her life and writing a twist, I requested it for review. I received this e-ARC from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
This is a very short graphic novel that takes some lines from Emily Dickinon’s poems and creates a modern tale from it. What would happen if Emily was on Facebook or Twitter? What if she was tired of being alone and tried some dating websites? This had the potential of being funny but fir me, it didn’t hit that mark. I read through this in less than a half an hour and I didn’t laugh. I wanted to laugh and really see the integration between these old poems and our current world. I thought this graphic novel tried to hard. I found the illustrations at times to be a bit underwhelming and distracting.
This was a miss for me. I gave it 1 crown.
This is a compilation of Lucy’s earlier comics and there is no real continuity in the strips throughout the book. Some of the comic strips were hilarious and others left me confused. This book does contain some graphic images and “naughty” words and scenarios.
Although I am a fan of Lucy’s art, this was not my favorite book by her. I am glad that I didn’t pick this one up first because I may not have continued with these graphic novels. I highly recommend that read any of the other books by her. Relish is still my favorite and I have to read her newest book which I got for Christmas.
I gave this book 2 crowns.
Description from Netgalley
Award-winning graphic novelist Matt Phelan delivers a darkly stylized noir Snow White set against the backdrop of Depression-era Manhattan.
The scene: New York City. The dazzling lights cast shadows that grow ever darker as the glitzy prosperity of the Roaring Twenties screeches to a halt. Enter a cast of familiar characters: a young girl, Samantha White, returning after being sent away by her cruel stepmother, the Queen of the Follies, years earlier; her father, the King of Wall Street, who survives the stock market crash only to suffer a strange and sudden death; seven street urchins, brave protectors for a girl as pure as snow; and a mysterious stock ticker that holds the stepmother in its thrall, churning out ticker tape imprinted with the wicked words “Another . . . More Beautiful . . . KILL.” In a moody, cinematic new telling of a beloved fairy tale, extraordinary graphic novelist Matt Phelan captures the essence of classic film noir on the page—and draws a striking distinction between good and evil.
I received an E-ARC from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I was very disappointed in this “retelling” of Snow White. It was not so much a new story but just a change of a few details. The illustrations were nice but the few lines of text were ridiculous. I do not think that this graphic novel is worth the read. I rather recommend the illustrated version of Snow White that I reviewed earlier this year.
I gave this 1 crown.
Book #51 for #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks.
I technically read this in August but I forgot to include it in my wrap up.
This is Lucy’s story about her time in Europe and her journey to self discovery. She was sent to Europe to promote her book and speak at a few events. She not only savored the cuisine of Europe but she was able to devour the lessons that she learned along the way.
Beautifully illustrated and the details were exquisite. I love her work.
I gave this 5 crowns.
Book #30 for #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks.
This is one of Lucy Knisley’s earlier graphic novel memoirs and it chronicles her trip with her mother to Paris. She draws images of her experience there and tells a story of how she and her mom traveled and what they ate and saw.
Lucy Knisley is still my favorite graphic novelist but I did like Relish a bit more then this. It was a fun read and a great book for in between novels.
I gave this 4 crowns.