Sunday, 11 November 2018

Friday, 9 November 2018

Friday Funnies: The Many Faces of Garfield


Garfield appearance has evolved somewhat over the years. It's amazing to think that this strip has been running for 40 years now. Garfield is still penned by his creator, Jim Davis.



Thursday, 8 November 2018

Review: Spinning by Tillie Waldon

For twelve years, Tillie Waldon was a competitive ice skater. Rising before dawn, she would practice each day, before going to school and then returning for more practice afterward. She entered many competitions. Then, eventually, she realised that she was more interested in art and illustration. Spinning is her first graphic novel and is an autobiographical account of her time as a competitive ice skater and why she chose to leave.

I've enjoyed a number of autobiographies told in graphic novel format recently, and while Spinning is no exception, this one felt a little sadder than most. It's difficult to read about someone who works so hard and so diligently at something that makes her unhappy. Unlike a lot of kids in her situation, Tillie was not the product of stage parents, in fact, as soon as she was old enough she went to practice without her parents and they barely seemed interested in her pursuits.

There are also a lot of other things that happen within this coming of age tale, from first loves to school bullying to sexual assualt to coming out. This is very much a tale of self-acceptance, and self-awareness though it takes the author a while to come to that understanding.

Tille Walden was born in 1996. It was a first for me, seeing references to a kid getting their first smart phone and other technologies that can sometimes still seem very new and modern to a reader who was born fifteen years earlier. I guess that's testimony to how the world has changed.

Recommended.

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Review: Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu (DC Icons #2)

After an excellent first instalment in the DC Icons series, I was a bit hesitant to pick up the second volume. After all, Bruce Wayne's personal history isn't well, quite as happy as some of the other DC superheroes. He was the classic poor rich kid, the one whose parents died and left him a fortune. What of his story then. Would I get one of a sulking teenager who is dragged into fighting crime kicking and screaming.

Hardly. Author Marie Lu knows what she's doing.

We meet Bruce Wayne as a newly minted adult, an eighteen-year-old who has just come into a fortune and who crashes the new car he's been gifted by Wayne Tech for his birthday by going after some dangerous criminals. It's an ill-advised move--the police are suspicious of his motives and he ends up getting sent to do community service at (where else) Arkham Asylum. There, he meets Madeline, a brilliant killer, but also the one person who may be able to help him save Gotham City from its latest threat ...

This was an enjoyable read, quick, fun and well-written. Lu portrays Bruce as everything a young Batman should be, a young man who mostly well-adjusted and focused on creating a fair and just society for all. Madeline is an intriguing anti-hero, though I have to admit that I hated her at times.

A fun read. Recommended.

Sunday, 4 November 2018