Tuesday, June 16, 2015

What I've Been Reading: Comic Book Edition

Lately something changed and I found myself wanting to explore different types of storytelling I wasn't already reading. I mean, I'll truly never get tired of books, but after editing all day long, sometimes I come home and want to unwind by not looking at more walls of text. I still wanted to be entertained with stories (I'll never get over my Netflix problem), and I knew they had to be different forms I hadn't read before.

Enter comic books.
A few people I follow on Twitter have gotten into them as of lately, and there's this really great series called Adventures of a Comic Newbie the folks at Book Riot have put up. These inspired me to give comic books a shot after last year I discovered how much I loved graphic novels.

And I haven't been able to put them down. Which is why I've been blogging less than usual. I haven't been reading as many books because I'm obsessed with some comic series.
So I'm going to showcase them periodically because these (in my limited experience with comics) have been good crossover series for me, from books to comics, and I want to help others get started!

Lumberjanes
This ultra-femme series was created by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, and Noelle Stevenson. Feel like you've heard that last name somewhere? You have. Noelle is none other than the illustrator of the cover of Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl (Yes, you read that correctly). And this series has also been in mainstream news quite a bit recently because Lumberjanes has been optioned for a live-action movie (which has a white male writing the script, but let's hope the diverse cast of females stays put).


The story follows five girls in Roanoke Cabin at Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's Camp for Hardcore Lady Types (say that as fast as you can, I double-dog dare you!), and if I were their counselor Jen, I would be hyperventilating right along with her. They're always up to something, though most of it is usually not their fault. So far, they've battled ancient Greek statues, solved Indiana Jones-like puzzles, warded off some rabid Boy Scouts, and had a seriously rad game of capture the flag involving some supernatural shit that I haven't figured out yet because my next issue hasn't gotten here.


I'm in love with this series for so many reasons: the art is awesome, the diversity all around is amazing, the characters are super funny and make obscure Shakespeare and Juliette Gordon Low references that actually make me lol, and it's super suspenseful! I'm already really nervous for when I do catch up to issue 15 and then have to ... you know ... WAIT for the next one to come out.


It's got totally rad girl power and some super female friendships (and possibly a budding romance? IDK I'm only halfway through and DYING to know) and some ridiculous and amazing plot lines happening. 

Basically it's what I'm recommending to literally anyone looking to shake up their reading rut a little bit and branch out and try something new.
It was easier to get into this style of storytelling than I expected, and I'm so glad I did.

How to Get It
That's the big question. I totally had no clue how to go about purchasing comics. To make it easier, publishers put out trades, which are compiled issues in a book form. The Lumberjanes Volume 1 trade is out now and compiles issues 1-4, and you can get it here. Past that, I began ordering individual issues for pretty cheap because the second trade isn't out (but you can pre-order it!), and I am subscribed to get every new issue from Midtown Comics. And I am so excited for new issues. Like, seriously cannot wait.

Have you ever read comic books? Have any questions for me about how to get started? I'm new just like lots of people, so let's discuss together!

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