I found this book on Netgalley and was drawn by the cover.
The illustrations in this book are beautiful and the story is sweet, but this is definitely not for everyone. If you don’t enjoy feminist reads, this won’t interest you. The subject of this book is more about bringing social realities to the forefront, and less about developing a compelling story.
Dad 2.0 focuses on the journey of a single mother named Caroline who goes on a journey of self-discovery to accept that, though her life doesn’t exemplify the norm, she’s alright just being herself. I think that there were important issues addressed through different characters in this graphic novel: Monica symbolizes the epitome of motherly and womanly perfection; Philippe embodies the idolized “modern” man and Caroline represents the average woman. Caroline is insecure and trying to figure out how she fits into society.
The title that was picked for this graphic novel is puzzling because it definitely comes across as a modern feminist read. But, for some odd reason, the title redirects attention to Philippe, the man who is “Dad 2.0,” a modern father who embraces the reversal of gender roles.
There’s a definite audience for this book, but it’s niche.
is scheduled to be published by Lion Forge
next week! I was able to get an ARC copy to do this review.
It took me a few pages to get into this one, but I’m happy that I stuck it out. It turned out to be a really sweet story about an unlikely friendship between a girl and a ghost, loss, and redemption.
Sheets is a story about a girl named Marjorie Glatt whose life begins to unravel after her mom dies. Her dad doesn’t take the death easily and has physically and emotionally “checked out,” leaving Marjorie to have to run their laundry business essentially on her own. She takes on this burden all while juggling school.
Just like a typical vulture, a local creep named Mr. Saubertuck senses that the Glatt family business is on the brink of “death.” He’s odd, disrespectful of boundaries, and looms around the Glatt’s business because he wants to buy their property. Mr. Saubertuck really takes advantage of Marjorie who is young, vulnerable, and not being properly supervised by an adult.
A ghost named Wendell, wanders into the laundry business one day and ends up getting involved. The rest of the story is about how Wendell turns out to be the answer to Marjorie’s problems.
It’s a quick read and I felt that the ending was a bit obvious, but at its core, this is a great story. It’s sweet and endearing.
I’m also wondering if this is going to be a series because it leaves a major question: if Wendell can travel between realms, why hasn’t her mother? Marjorie has been having a really hard time after her mother’s death, yet her mother hasn’t made an appearance.
Through the Woods was a random recommendation from Barnes and Noble, and the book that inadvertently made me a fan of ShortBox. (Where’s the connection? I stumbled on the ShortBox website looking for more of Emily Carroll’s work after finishing Through the Woods.)
ShortBox has such a great collection of work. I’m really looking forward to their next quartlery pre-order box coming out. Pre-orders only last for a 12-day period, so move fast! The last pre-order was just this July, so like me, you’re probably wasting away waiting for pre-order #10 to come out.
Each pre-order box comes with 5 brand-new comics, an A4 print, and candy to sweeten the deal. (Yes, that pun just happened.) You can still buy the comics from their online store after though, if you don’t care much for the collection.
I really loved Through the Woods. Cover to cover this thing is a work of art; the 7 stories/comics in it are great, with just the right amount of darkness to them, and the typography and artwork is incredible. The cover is beautifully and thoughtfully textured and the pages inside are glossy, too. If you look closly at the cover image with this post, you’ll see the texturing on the trees on the left.
Above, you’ll see a picture I took from my personal copy. This particular page is from my favorite story in Through the Woods–“A Lady’s Hands are Cold.” “A Lady’s Hands are Cold” is about a woman who is visited by her new husband’s dead ex-wife. As you can see, the typography makes it a really interesting read and becomes part of the artwork.
Emily Carroll really showed just how creative and talented she is in this book.
This is a great read for anyone who appreciates good art and a good creepy story.
“Ranging from the relatable to the utterly nonsensical and bizarre, the comics within The Book of Onions explore themes of loneliness, desperation, and perverted talking fruit.”
-From, The Book of Onions
Note: I received a digital ARC to review this book. The Book of Onions won’t actually be available to buy until this October.
I’ll start by saying that I love this book cover!
I didn’t find this collection of comics knee-slapping funny but, the comics are cheeky and you’ll definitely get a chuckle out of a few.
The comics in The Book of Onions are short with excellent graphics (at least the comics were short, mostly 4 images per page, in the digital version I read). Some of them are dark and violent, and the occasional cuss word is tossed in; definitely something to consider before handing this book to someone else to read.
You’ll recognize some of the characters in this book–Darth Vadar, the Evil Queen from Snow White, Ronald McDonald, Scooby etc. The recognizable characters only make the comics even more relatable.
There were a few comics that I really liked and some that I didn’t care for. For example, “We All Have a Dream Person” flew right over me but I particularly liked, “There are no stupid questions.” “Rejection,” was actually pretty funny. In “Rejection,” aliens abduct someone but decide not to after finding someone who is better looking. I don’t know why, but I found “Whelp” to be really funny, too. I think anyone who has had a job they dislike will get the joke.
This one is definitely worth a look at.
I recently hopped on the Dull Margaret bandwagon, then catapulted myself right off.
Whoever wrote the back synopsis deserves an award because after reading it inside Barnes and Noble, I was pretty excited about buying this book. Unfortunately, after I took it home and read the entire thing, I couldn’t figure out why Dull Margaret received the shining editorial reviews that it did.
I think the creators should have included a section at the very end that clarifies what their vision for this book was, and how it’s meant to be interpreted. The greatest positive is that the illustrations are well done (see interior image to the right). If you like gory books and nudity, then this book is for you.
In short, Dull Margaret is about a strange woman who lives by the sea and does a lot of gross stuff. Margaret is a barbaric, self-absorbed loner who likes to interact with dead bodies, chow down on eels, and perform black magic. There is light character development for her as she does make a “friend,” but she berates and tortures him. The book starts with Margaret swimming in the ocean buck naked and ends with the same scene. The end.