What I’m Reading Feb 17 Edition

Had lots to do in February, so not that much time for reading. Still, managed to get in a few books!

Sunstone, Vol. 5, Stjepan Sejic

I got into this series because I really like Sejic’s work. I’ve been following him since my dA days, way before I got into comics so I thought, hey why not pick it up? I ♥ this series a lot. Yes, it deals with kink (get over it), but its true strength is Sejic’s character development and comedic writing. He draws facial expressions like no one’s business, but what really took me by surprise is the genuine thoughtfulness that went into the character arcs. His final volume doesn’t disappoint, ending Lisa and Ally’s story perfectly.

The Lighthouse, Paco Roca

My first time reading Roca’s work and I quite enjoyed this short graphic novel. The artwork is a lovely black and white, with grey shading and the pure-hearted adventure made me want to read Jules Verne novels ♥

Francisco, a wounded, despairing sixteen-year-old Republican guard in the Spanish Civil War, is trying to flee to freedom by crossing the French border. In his escape, he encounters an old remote lighthouse, far from the warring factions. He is granted shelter by Telmo, the aging operator of the lighthouse. As Francisco recuperates, Telmo’s tales of epic adventurers who sailed the lost seas and discovered worlds unknown reignite the spark of life in the young soldier.

Postcards from the Edge, Carrie Fischer

I listened to the audio book, read by Carrie herself and really loved it. It’s hearbreakingly funny, as only Carrie could write. I really recommend getting it and then watching the movie with Meryl Streep and Shirley McLaine. I really loved both and they’re not the same material. The movie was also scripted by Carrie.

Love vol 4: The DinosaurFrederic Brremaud, Federico Bertolucci

I like this series. Each book is beautifully illustrated, as only French books have the time to be. This volume didn’t really grab me or tug at my heartstrings the way previous ones did, though. Brownie points for depicting the dinos with feathers!

 

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World, Rachel Ignotofsky

Ignotofsky highlights 50 women pioneers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) through her joyous illustrations. It takes you from Ancient to modern times, stopping to illustrate things like what tools you might find in a laboratory, or statistics for women working in STEM. Ignotofsky’s love for all the advancements these pioneering women made shines through her wonderful book. I love this book and all the courageous, amazing, rad women in it and I want to buy more copies so I can donate them to the nearest library!

Assassination Classroom vol. 14, Yūsei Matsui

I unapologetically love this series.  I saw a still of the live action movie adaptation during the Japanese Film Festival here in 2016 and while I didn’t go see it, the image stuck with me. It had this giant yellow octopus-like creature with the head of a smiley in a Japanese classroom and I was instantly hooked. When I saw the manga in my LCS, I picked up the first volume thinking I’d give it a shot. It was the first manga I read and I fell head over heels for it.

It’s a bit crazy and weird, but then the best things are. This class of school rejects gets assigned a new teacher, the octopus, and are tasked with assassinating him by the end of the school year. He’s super fast and near indestructible so, of course, the governments of the world task these kids to kill him before he blows up the Earth! You get to see this bunch of misfits grow individually and start to form a family of sorts while working to refine their skills as assassins.

It has its flaws (sometimes sexist and male-gazey, in relation to one character in particular), but it’s got a lot of heart and it’s the only series that makes me laugh out loud with every volume.  After an action-packed few books, vol 14 focuses more on the school events, but it’s still every bit as enjoyable.

The series also got adapted into an anime (2 seasons) and the above mentioned live action movie. I’ve seen part of the anime as I’m determined to hold off on the rest until I read the manga, which I find more enjoyable. At one new volume every 2 months and 7 volumes left, it’ll be a while!

Drawing in ink, Harry Borgman

This is a really helpful book for artists. It definitely changed how I think about inking, more so than any How to Ink Comics books. It’s a bit out of date (published in 1977), but it has a lot of good exercises for control, creating values and simplifying a drawing. Lots of different examples of hatching too, not just the diagonal crisscross I’ve been seeing. Maybe that’s just my limited exposure! Had to track down a used copy, but it’s not that expensive.

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