Mini Graphic Novel Reviews 2
Mini Graphic Novel Reviews 2
The Lumberjanes Series by Noelle Stevenson (and others) – 4/5
5 inquisitive and brave ‘Lumberjanes’ summer campers go through thrilling adventures with an element of magic, learning about friendship and earning badges along the way
Though it is very much a middle grade series, the Lumberjanes books are so loveable with adorable characters and features of zany creatures. The series also features various artists working on the one book, so you can enjoy different art styles and perceptions of the characters, but they are all loud and bursting with colour, giving a classic ‘comic’ vibe. They are perfect for a light read and guaranteed to incite some gleeful laughter.
Mooncop by Tom Gauld – 5/5
“Living on the moon . . . Whatever were we thinking? . . . It seems so silly now.”
A Moocop goes about his daily duties, observing the isolated lunar colony slowly winding down
I believe that the most resonant graphic novels are the ones whose illustrations and words intertwine and work together so beautifuly, and this graphic novel certainly does that. Though on the surface it may seem like a superficial picture book, the underlying loneliness and isolation felt by the hero leaves a hauntingly melancholy feeling, aided by the monochrome sketches. It forces the reader to look at the often-materialistic society that we live in. Also SPACE DONUTS.
There was something very profound and resonant about Mooncop. I loved its simplicity and how it felt tinged with elements of nostalgia. – Arani De Silva
This graphic novel was achingly beautiful – Lilly Sokolowski
Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley – 5/5
A journey through childhood and maturing, always with food at the centre
This is one of my favourite books (easily top 5, and that’s saying something). It combines food, art, recipes, books and childhood memories – what more could you wish for? Her writing is personal and effective, as are the illustrations, which makes it feel as through she’s your friend, telling you stories of her childhood over coffee. Every food lover needs to read this!
Heartstopper by Alice Oseman – 5/5
An sweet comic of a friendship that blooms between two characters from the author’s debut novel Solitaire, Charlie, an ‘openly gay overthinker’ and a ‘cheerful, soft hearted rugby player’, Nick, at a British, boys’ grammar school, with the prospect of their friendship becoming something more
IF YOU THOUGHT SIMON VS THE HOMOSAPIENS WAS CUTE WELL YOU’VE GOT SOMETHIN COMIN CAUS THIS IS SO PRECIOUS
You’ve probably heard of Alice Oseman through her award winning book Radio Silence or her other titles Solitaire and I Was Born For This, but she is also an incredible artist. She does artwork of her book characters and so much awesome stuff. Also I know this is more of a webcomic than a ‘graphic novel’ but it’s official going to be published very soon!! It’s overwhelmingly adorable – warning: will cause squealing, massive shipping, excessive smiling and bingeing the entire thing multiple times. NOTE: There is a beautiful dog called NELLIE that features so if that’s not incentive I don’t know what is.
You can read it here on her tumblr, and she updates every 10 days on the 1st, 11th and 21st