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9 11, 2015

Review: I and You by Beverly Garside

By | November 9th, 2015|Categories: Comics & Graphic Novels, Dystopian, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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i and you book coverReviewed by Nina Longfield

The concept of stories told through art, or sequential art, is as old as human kind. There are many styles of graphic novels available nowadays–sophisticated, comic, nightmarish, smart, classic, moral, and so on. Too often, the graphic novel is undervalued as a literary contender and is seen too frequently to have no intellectual merit. It is unfortunate that some limit their expectations of what is and is not an appropriate format for storytelling. These people might be missing a wide array of great stories simply because pictures accompany the narration.

One such intelligent story that could be lost to those who will not read a graphic novel is I and You written by Beverly Garside and illustrated by Lucas Duimstra. At its core, I and You is a smart, moody narrative. I and You begins

28 06, 2015

Review: Exquisite Corpse by Penelope Bagieu

By | June 28th, 2015|Categories: Comics & Graphic Novels, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments

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exquisite corpse book coverReviewed by Nina Longfield

Exquisite Corpse by Penelope Bagieu is a difficult novel to place. Chic lit, crime fiction, suspense, comedic, graphic (as in novel); it fits so many slots along the bookstore shelves. Exquisite Corpse, at first, appears simply written and modestly illustrated. That is just the veneer to set up the main character Zoe. As Zoe mixes with and grows to know famous author Thomas Rocher, the story deepens and nothing is simple.

Exquisite Corpse is set in Paris. Zoe is a disgruntled product representative; she is more or less a model at trade shows or, as Zoe puts it “booth babe”. She is in a poor relationship with a man who barely talks to her. It is during a lunch break away from her most recent product show that Zoe accidentally meets world famous author Thomas Rocher.

15 02, 2014

Review: The Robot God Akamatsu by James Biggie

By | February 15th, 2014|Categories: Comics & Graphic Novels, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , |1 Comment

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robot-god-akamatsu-cover-by-james-biggie-zetabella-publishing-200x285Reviewed by Caleb Shadis

Robot God Akamatsu is a graphic novel done in the style of 80’s comic books. It has ancient robots, inter-dimensional monsters and feuding gods. That is about as much sense as I could make of the whole thing. The feuding gods caused the annihilation of Atlantis and somehow they are causing trouble again today.

One god considers himself a protector of humanity and the other a conqueror. They also appear to be brothers. I never did figure out why one of the gods needed a robot as a physical form nor why it needed humans to help power himself.

The single biggest question I had is how in the world did the scientists in modern day Boston figure out how to ‘connect’ with the robot god Akamatsu? It was apparently needed in order to repulse the new invasion from the evil