Graphic Novel Reviews #1

Be Everything at Once: Tales of a Cartoonist Lady Person
by Dami Lee

Paperback, 160 pages
Published August 7th 2018 by Chronicle Books
Source: Raincoast Books

Dami Lee’s debut collects memoir-ish comic strips about a woman trying to figure out where she fits. Lee documents her experiences as a Korean in America for the first time, trying to navigate a foreign culture and language. Flipping it about, she also writes and draws about trying to adapt to Korea again once she and her parents return. Her realization that she is too American for Korea and too Korean for America has her in a quandry and make her easy to relate to as I believe many of us find ourselves in a liminal space, not belonging to the culture of our birth or to the culture we currently live in.

I did not like the collection as much as I hoped I would simply because the humour didn’t really work for me. The strips were a bit too simplistic in tone and execution. There is a lot of room for growth and I feel like Lee is an artist to keep an eye on as she grows and collects experiences that will affect the richness of her art and writing.

 

Woman World
by Aminder Dhaliwal

Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 11th 2018 by Drawn and Quarterly
Source: Raincoast Books

Woman World was sent to me entirely by chance but as soon as I read the back, I knew it was meant for me. The story focuses on a future where men have died out. They are extinct. The only ones left are women.

Dhaliwal takes on serious topics with humour and wit. The irreverence underlines the profundity of her observations at times and simply makes you laugh out loud at others. The graphic novel looks at feminism and the female body in interesting ways. What is most wonderful is the way Dhaliwal writes the multiple ways of being female when you are not being pushed into too narrow boxes.

Plus, did I mention, the book is funny? I feel like this is a title people need to pick up and experience for themselves. No matter who you are, some part of it is going to appeal to you.

The Cobalt Prince (5 Worlds #2) by Mark Siegel, Alexis Siegel , Xanthe Bouma (Illustrator) , Matt Rockefeller (Illustrator)

The Cobalt Prince (5 Worlds #2) by Mark Siegel, Alexis Siegel , Xanthe Bouma (Illustrator) , Matt Rockefeller (Illustrator)

Hardcover, 256 pages Published May 8th 2018 by Random House Children’s Books Source: Publisher The Cobalt Prince continues the tale started in Sand Warrior and chronicles the further adventures of Oona and her friends in mission to defeat Mimic and save the 5 Worlds from certain destruction. Whoo, that was a sentence. Things get even more complicated in […]

Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Pénélope Bagieu

Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Pénélope Bagieu

Paperback, 304 pages Published March 6th 2018 by First Second Source: Publisher I’m a liiiittle late with today’s post. I apologise! But I have an AMAZING book to talk about so I’m sure I will be forgiven. Right? Right. Let me preface this review by saying that recently there have been a spate of books that collect short […]

Soupy Leaves Home by Cecil Castellucci and Jose Pimienta

Soupy Leaves Home by Cecil Castellucci and Jose Pimienta

Soupy Leaves Home by Cecil Castellucci and Jose Pimienta is one of my favourite books read this year. (I mean. It’s only March, but I’ve done a lot of reading. The book award selection committee life, y’all. It’s intense.) Here’s what the back cover has to say: When Pearl runs away from her abusive father, […]

The Sand Warrior (5 Worlds #1) by Mark Siegel, Alexis Siegel, Xanthe Bouma (Illustrations), Matt Rockefeller (Illustrations), Boya Sun (Illustrations)

The Sand Warrior (5 Worlds #1) by Mark Siegel, Alexis Siegel, Xanthe Bouma (Illustrations), Matt Rockefeller (Illustrations), Boya Sun (Illustrations)

Hardcover, 248 pages Published May 2nd 2017 by Random House Books for Young Readers Source: Publisher This is going to be an extremely short review. Seriously: A sudden rebellion destructs the relative peace holding together the worlds and invites chaos to reign supreme. Only a not very good sanddancer and her two sidekicks, one of them […]