Birthday Comic Haul!

So this Monday is my birthday and thus this weekend was spent celebrating with (and getting spoiled by) my friends, boyfriend (and his family), and my own family. โค

I definitely felt the love!

Since I review comics here from time to time I figured I would specifically share with you guys the comics I received and plan to read and review in the near future.

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Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening

I have heard SO MANY good things about Monstress. The artwork inside is absolutely gorgeous and I cannot wait to read this one.

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DC Comics: Bombshells, Volume 2: Allies

Those of you who have already read my review of volume 1 know just how much I enjoyed it and have been looking forward to getting my paws on volume 2.

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Spider-Gwen, Volume 0 and Volume 1

I’ve been curious aboutย this series that explores what would have happened if Gwen Stacy had been bitten by the radioactive arachnid instead of Peter Parker. Now I’ll get to see for myself, and unlike the mistake I made when reading the New 52 Batwoman TPBs, I won’t make the mistake of starting with volume 1 when there is a volume 0 to be read first! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Rat Queens, Volume 1: Sass & Sorcery

Like Monstress, this is anotherย series I’ve heard several good things about. I mean, the comic is literally described as being a modern “violent monster-killing epic that is like Buffy meets Tank Girl in a Lord of the Rings world on crack!” Sounds good to me! ๐Ÿ˜›

So, what about you guys? Any comics you’re reading, excited to read, or have just recently read that you’d like to share your thoughts on? Feel free to comment below with your latest adventures in reading!

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Sweet/Vicious

I will admit: I am normally pretty bad about remembering to (and making time to) watch television shows. Even ones I really, really like. This, however, is not the case with MTV’s Sweet/Vicious. I know some of you may have already rolled your eyes at the fact that it is an MTV show, but stick with me on this one because it’s actually pretty great.

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The show follows the two vigilantes pictured above, Jules (left) and Ophelia (right).

We all know about the alarming rate of sexual assaults and rape reported on college campuses and how they oftentimes either go completely ignored, or the person who forced themselves on another is merely slapped on the wrist with an insultingly light sentence. This show tackles this issue. Like, they literally tackle it and beat the ever living hell out of it, with Jules and Ophelia taking the law into their own hands and going all Batman and Robin on their targets.

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Well, okay, maybe not Robin.

So, what is it I love so much about this show? Why, dear reader, let me tell you:

The Writing: this show is like a roller coaster at times, but in a good way. It manages to be funny and witty but still shine a light on some of our darkest moments we may have to endure as humans living among other humans: things like rape, racial prejudice, living with PTSD, and how hard it can be to open up to those you care about most. Another thing I like about the writing is that it doesn’t come across like one of those preachy after school specials.

The Characters: I don’t even just mean the main characters, either. All of them. Each character has flaws and strengths. Their relationships (platonic and romantic alike) have highs and lows and confusing middle grounds. There are also several likeable characters (Ophelia, Jules, and Harris being my favorites).

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Tell ’em, Harris!

How Relevant It Is: One of the main reasons I felt compelled to write this review is that I was shocked to discover that not a lot of people seem to know about this show despite how totally relevant it is. Last Saturday’s protests all over the globe in support of women’s rights and equality only serve to prove just how relevant. We’re standing up together and fighting back as a society against oppression and injustice in the many forms it continues to rear its ugly head. Granted Jules and Ophelia are literally fighting back, but we’ll touch on that subject in just a moment. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So, now that I’ve gushed about the reasons I enjoy the show, I suppose it’s only fair to discuss some of the negative things I’ve heard others say about it. I’ve read a few complaints online that this show glorifies the dangerous and oftentimes morally questionable act of vigilantism. I have a few issues with this complaint. My counter-argument would be that the show does look at this stance from multiple viewpoints, even having Jules and Ophelia struggle with what they are and are not willing to do in their quest for justice. It isn’t all happy-g0-lucky-scumbag-beatdowns I’ll have you know. Jules especially grapples with this, a rape survivor herself. For her, this is personal.

The other complaint I’ve read more than just a couple times is that the show “depicts all men in a negative light”. NOPE. Try again. This show depicts RAPISTS and people who sexually assault and shame others in an accurately negative light that they deserve. And it does so in a way that is not solely directed toward males, with an episode devoted specifically to taking down girls who take their sorority hazing of hopeful pledges too far. Not to mention, the great male characters also included in the cast, I fail to see how they contribute to the show’s unearned reputation of treating “ALL guys” in a negative way. Exhibit A: I’m looking at you again, Harris. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Harris and his love for Peanut Butter Froyo. Who can blame the guy? This delightful picture is from Fangirlish so credit to them for that! ๐Ÿ™‚

Staying Focused While Writing

So, sometimes my thinky thinky parts do a wee bit too much imagining. Having inspiration for your writing is a good thing, don’t get me wrong, but it can be hard picking which ideas to work with when so many come popping into your head.

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C’mon, Brain! Get. It. TOGETHER.

This overabundance of story ideas has resulted in me being what I affectionately refer to as “a raging plot slut”. Meaning that it is very difficult for me to commit to one story and stay 100% focused on it. Things will be going fine and then an idea will pop into my head, and suddenly I’m onto that story, and then before I even know it I’m suddenly working on another, and so on. I don’t mean to be a raging plot slut. It just sort of . . . happens. (Apparently I keep tripping and falling into other stories.)

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Now, I know for some writers that this is done with great success. They can juggle multiple projects and continue to make progress on all of them. You writers are to be applauded. I however, have not yet perfected this seemingly mutant-like ability. Maybe one day I will get there, but today is not that day. That said, I’ve actually been doing really well at staying focused and carving out some real progress on a single project since the end of December. Not a long period of time, sure, but it’s a start. Small victories are still victories. ๐Ÿ™‚

So as far as 2017 writing goals go, I’m just going to continue trying to work on this one writing project and see how far I can get with it.

What about you guys? Any writing goals for the new year? Are you the type of writer who can juggle multiple projects or do you commit to one and only one until it is finished?

Old Art: Throwback Thursday

Well, it’s Thursday so I figure it’s a good time to share some old drawings of mine. Here’s a small batch of older pieces I’ve done. Mostly done in pencil and then scanned and colored with Corel Painter.

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Hunger Games fan art.
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Random werewolf drawing.
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Owl drawing. Had a lot of fun with the feathers on this one. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Review- Birthright, Vol. 1: Homecoming

Having just read and enjoyed volume 1 ofย Birthright, I figured I’d take a moment to share some thoughts on this lovely graphic novel that I went into so blindly.

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You know how sometimes you read a story and you can literally guess everything that is going to happen before it actually happens?

Not this story.

Admittedly, I had the benefit of going into this knowing nothing about it. I was laying on my boyfriend’s couch and asked him for something to read and he went to his bookshelf, plucked this one from his collection and handed it to me, no explanation offered.
I enjoyed this epic fantasy greatly. It had multiple twists and nice worldbuilding with interesting fantasy races and creatures. I would definitely be interested in continuing the series. The art was wonderful as well.

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It’s a quick read, so it is easy to finish in just one sitting but it gets the job done in that amount of time, leaving the reader satisfied but still eager to read more.

 

Happy 125th Birthday, J.R.R. Tolkien!

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An entire century (and a quarter of another) have now passed since the birth of this fantastic man, and his works are still spreading the love of fantasy to new readers, and inspiring writers, each and every year.

In his 81 years on this planet he accomplished a lot, and left an impact that still thrives even in his absence. Widely considered to be the “father” of modern fantasy literature, he left behind one hell of a legacy. So, Happy Birthday, Mr. Tolkien. You may not have surpassed the Old Took in age like Bilbo did, but your works continue to live on and bring joy to countless readers, so in that way, you truly are immortal.

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