{comics} IRL

In Real Life by Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang First Second (2014)  Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively-multiplayer role-playing game where she spends most of her free time. It’s a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, a hero. It’s a place where she can meet people from all over the world, andContinue reading “{comics} IRL”

{comics} no sleeping beauty

The Rise of Aurora West By Paul Pope; J. T. Petty; David Rubín (Illustrator) (First Second Books 2014) tradepaper. Having read Paul Pope’s Battling Boy, naturally I was eager to seek out The Rise of Aurora West. We’d met Aurora West in Battling Boy as the recently orphaned (before our eyes) daughter of Arcopolis’ Science Hero Haggard West. The RiseContinue reading “{comics} no sleeping beauty”

{comic} this one summer

If the summer narrative isn’t your glass of lemonade, it isn’t mine either, but I had to see what all the raving was about and I was very pleasantly surprised. Make it your book club read. Make it the first comic you’ve decided to read if you have been harboring a mistaken belief that comicsContinue reading “{comic} this one summer”

{comics} 15 & Fated

Cleopatra in Space: Target Practice by Mike Maihack Graphix (Scholastic) 2014 Comics you should already have read (and hopefully own) before the middle-grade years hit: Jellaby (Kean Soo), Zita the Spacegirl (Ben Hatke), Amelia Rules! (Jimmy Gownley) and Kazu Kibuishi’s Explorer and Amulet series (still incomplete). I’m obviously only naming a few. And I am beingContinue reading “{comics} 15 & Fated”

{comic} Good as Grace

Good as Lily by Derek Kirk Kim (Same Difference, Tune, The Eternal Smile) & artist Jesse Hamm (extensive resume) Minx 2007 A strange mishap on her eighteenth birthday causes Grace Kwon to be confronted with herself at three different periods in her life–ages six, twenty-nine, and seventy–while she and her friends struggle to save a crumbling school play.–publisher’sContinue reading “{comic} Good as Grace”

{film} running time 101 minutes

An American girl, sent to the English countryside to stay with relatives, finds love and purpose while fighting for her survival as war envelops the world around her.—IMDb. I was not aware Kevin Macdonald’s How I Live Now (2013) was adapted from a 2004 YA novel by Meg Rosoff until just prior to cueing itContinue reading “{film} running time 101 minutes”

{book} the power & in just one body (of work)

Of note: my writing about an excellent short story collection equates to a long post. But I do give you a few paragraphs (up to the asterisks) before ~brief remarks on each of the stories. The Thing Around Your Neck : a collection of short stories by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Alfred A Knopf, 2009. Hardcover,Continue reading “{book} the power & in just one body (of work)”

{comic} questions

Who is AC? by Hope Larson, illustrated by Tintin Pantoja. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2013. hardcover, 176 pages. 12 & up. borrowed from the Library because you know I am a big fan of Hope Larson’s work. “Meet Lin, a formerly average teenage girl whose cell phone zaps her with magical powers. But just asContinue reading “{comic} questions”

{book} of all possible worlds…

The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord Ballantine Books|Del Rey, 2013. hardcover, 303 pages. Library borrow. A proud and reserved alien society finds its homeland destroyed in an unprovoked act of aggression, and the survivors have no choice but to reach out to the indigenous humanoids of their adopted world, to whom theyContinue reading “{book} of all possible worlds…”

{comic} the art of shadows

Will & Whit by Laura Lee Gulledge Amulet (Abrams), 2013. Trade Paper, 192 pages including “soundtrack,” author’s “inspiration board” for book, & recipe for “Blue Crush Cookies. ages 12 & up. Laura Lee Gulledge’s debut Page by Paige (2011) involved not only a great story about moving to a new place, finding new friends, romantic drama,Continue reading “{comic} the art of shadows”