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. ❤

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 about 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! 😉

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Rat Queens, Volume 1: Sass & Sorcery

Like Monstress, this is another 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! 😛

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!

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. 🙂

 

Review- Birthright, Vol. 1: Homecoming

Having just read and enjoyed volume 1 of 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.

 

Review- DC Bombshells, Vol. 1: Enlisted

Okay, first thing’s first: I Absolutely LOVED this!

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The art is stunning and the story of how some of our most iconic female DC characters enter the fray of WWII pulled me in right off the bat. (That may or may not have been a pun. I make no apologies.)

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I love historical fiction, and this is, in my opinion, pretty damn good historical fiction.
There were multiple fun surprises (including some DC characters I absolutely did not expect to make appearances) throughout the first volume and I definitely look forward to reading the second.

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Seconds: A Review

Full Disclaimer: I had no idea what to expect when reading this other than that it was by Bryan Lee O’Malley and thus required reading.

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He did not let me down!

This was a charming story that used old folklore but gave it a modern and fun spin.
The artwork is adorable and the characters and their interactions were great.

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Most of the characters in front of the titular restaurant. Hazel (the girl on the far left) is by far my favorite, but I liked the others as well.


I think it’s safe to say that we’ve all had days we wish we could just re-do and pretend never happened. Well, for Katie, our sassy and career-driven protagonist (the girl with the red spiky hair pictured above), this becomes a totally feasible option thanks to some magic mushrooms (no, not THOSE kind of magic mushrooms), a notepad, and some old magic involving her home/workplace. But sometimes quick fixes are all too easy to abuse and Katie’s tale winds up taking a darker tumble down the rabbit hole than we expected.
The further you get into the story the more eager you find yourself flipping to the next page and the next page and so on.

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I Love Lamp TBT

Well, it’s Throwback Thursday time again, so that of course means a couple more blasts from the past. 🙂

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My trusty old lamp I had painted and kept in my first apartment way back when.

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An old black and white ink illustration I did in one of my high school art classes.

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Well, it’s Throwback Thursday and I figured instead of sharing an old photo (because I am a rare and elusive creature like that) I would share a couple of old drawings instead.

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Edit: Oops. The Nosferatu fan art I dated incorrectly. It’s more recent than 2009 but I’m too lazy/sleepy/meh to fix it right now. -__-