• Graphic Novel Review

    Crushing

    My Review: Crushing is such a lovely graphic novel, a short and sweet story that cured my dour mood. The story revolves around two youths living in a bustling city, both are terribly lonely despite all of the noise and people around them. Both characters struggle to keep their chins up and search earnestly for companionship, which felt so hopeful. I greatly enjoyed the simplicity of this little graphic novel. It features a soft, minimalist art style lit up with warm reds against the drab blues and greys. So much is conveyed about the characters without a single line of dialogue, a great feat on the part of the author.…

  • Horror Graphic Novel Review

    Infidel

    My Review: There are times that I run into a piece of horror media that has so much potential, with so much to love about it, but then I don’t end up loving it, and I sorely wish that I did. Infidel is a graphic novel about the horrors of racism, and specifically, Islamophobia. Taking place in the United States after the 9/11 bombings, the story follows Aisha, a Muslim American woman coping with the evils of everyday racism in all of its many shapes and forms. Aisha is a wonderful main character, she tries her best despite the casual racism she regularly encounters, from strangers, friends, family, even other…

  • Horror Graphic Novel Review

    When I Arrived at the Castle

    My Review: When I Arrived at the Castle is an erotic gothic horror that is as gruesome as it is decadently beautiful. The color palette is striking; sharp black and white with gratuitous splashes of red. The colors work perfectly with the lascivious artwork, many of the panels draw the reader’s eye to the character’s mouths and breasts. The line between arousal and obscene is very fine, creating an intensely uncomfortable atmosphere right from the start. The plot is sparse but highly suggestive, the pace makes the story feel disorienting, which is precisely what makes it creepy. I read it a few times to really soak the story in, and…

  • Horror Graphic Novel Review

    Through the Woods

    My Review: I’ve read a lot of horror, ones that were bloodier and more disturbing than this. Yet those novels and graphic novels didn’t affect me the way that this one did. Through the Woods is a collection of horror comics that hearkens back to the creepiest fairy tales. The atmosphere in the novels is not to be understated, the stories and art are chilling, even when the stories are straightforward and can be predicted. Even the introduction and the conclusion, brief as they were, evoked feelings of dread cover to cover. I found myself feeling uneasy, particularly while reading the first story, Our Neighbor’s House. My favorite easily was…

  • Graphic Novel Review,  Webcomic Review

    Herding Cats

    My Review: As mentioned in previous reviews, it’s hard to scroll through a social media feed without having seen at least one of Sarah’s Scribbles reblogged at some point. If you’ve read my previous reviews of Adulthood is a Myth and Big Mushy Happy Lump then you already know that I’m a fan of this comic series. Sarah’s Scribbles is a comic about one artist’s everyday struggles as an awkward and introverted millennial. I’ve always found the comics to be cute and extremely relatable so I’m usually quite happy to read them as they come up. Now, I will say that as a collection, Herding Cats was not the best.…

  • Graphic Memoir Review

    Dancing at the Pity Party: A Dead Mom Graphic Memoir

    My Review: I think one of my favorite things is stumbling into a graphic novel and finding a gem. This unassuming little graphic novel made me cry, but it also made me smile and laugh too. Dancing at the Pity Party is exactly as it says on the cover, it is a memoir about the death of the author’s mother. This has honestly been one of the most heartfelt and honest stories about grieving and loss that I’ve ever read. I adored Tyler and her family, especially her fun and vivacious mother. This graphic memoir was written with so much love and honesty about the experience of losing one’s mom…