Archive for February, 2018
I admit I’m a book cover snob. Who isn’t though?
Book covers are the first thing that attracts readers to a book. A good cover can draw someone is, just as a bad cover can easily draw someone away. It can essentially make or break a book. Holy, Mother Cover! is where I showcase the book covers that stand out (or make me cringe), and discuss cover changes.
I love comics and graphic novels, so what do I do with that love? Well, I turn it into a new feature!
From Panel to Panel is a new feature where I talk about the awesome (and perhaps not-so awesome) comic books and graphic novels I’ve read. Basically, this will be me pushing them onto your laps. You’re welcome.
Badass and ultra cute. That’s the February graphic novels. You will get cute stage boys fighting monsters backstage, whodunit graphic novel adaptation in Clue, Dungeons and Dragons inspired fantasy, awesome magical girls, team-ups, and many more. This month, you need to put these on your TBR list.
Get your shopping carts loaded with all these comics!
Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride―or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia―the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!
Sebastian’s secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances―one of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone’s secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend?
First sentence: “The Prince is holding a ball!!”
In this fairytale for the modern age, there lived a prince who loves to wear dresses and a talented dressmaker who dreams of doing more with her work. These two come together to take on the world of fashion! But unfortunately in secret (boys dressing up in dresses is unacceptable to people). Both yearn for more—acceptance, openness, to be who they are without it being a secret.
Why would someone so gentle-natured and sensitive build an entire career seeking the hatred of his audience? What drives a performer to solicit that reaction? With the same nuance and sympathy with which he approached Andre the Giant in his 2014 biography, graphic novelist Box Brown takes on the complex and often hilarious life of Andy Kaufman.
Andy Kaufman…what do you really know about this guy? What is he really like?
I certainly didn’t know too much about him. All I knew were 1. he was a strange comedian; 2. he was on Taxi; and 3. he died very young. In Is This Guy for Real?: The Unbelievable Andy Kaufman, Box Brown explores this eccentric comedian and the things that inspired him to take on the various personas in his comedy acts.
First sentence: “Almost a year has passed since we overthrew the wicked tyrant, Queen Levana, and crowned my best friend, Cinder—aka Princess Selene Blackburn—as the true queen of Luna. “
Welcome back to The Lunar Chronicles and Iko kicking ass!
In the previous book, bounty hunter Iko and appointed sidekick (joking!) Kinney have been hunting down Alpha Lysander Steele and the “rogue band of bioengineered wolf-soldiers,” who demand that Cinder reverse their mutations or blood will be shed. Of course, there is no way to reverse what former Queen Levana did, so what now?
For those who have yet to read the first graphic novel of Wires and Nerve, you must, and this is everything you need to know.
First sentence: “It is my first morning of high school.”
Speak is the quintessential Young Adult book that all teenagers should read. It’s a classic. It’s a book that was very popular when I was a teenager because there simply was not a book for teenagers that spoke about rape.
Even after twenty years since Speak’s original release, the content in this book is still very important and relevant to what is happening in the United States and around the world. This conversation about sexual assault has to happen.