• 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…

  • Media & Pop Culture Book Review

    Power Play: How Video Games Can Save the World

    My Review: I liked the idea for this book, loved it even, what a shame that it ended up being mediocre. I love reading academic studies, especially ones centered on video games being a lifelong gamer myself. This book had so much potential but it ended up falling flat. A mix of useless writing and “gamification” projects that had nothing to do with video games. A good portion of the book is dedicated to some truly inspiring projects, most notably Sandra Day O’Connor’s iCivics and the cancer-fighting Re-Mission. The chapter about the potential of VR and how it is already being used for a variety of non-entertainment purposes was fascinating.…

  • 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…

  • Horror Graphic Novel Review,  Queer Graphic Novel Review

    Graveneye

    My Review: To say that this graphic novel shocked me is an understatement, but not because of the gruesome content. I’ll be honest that I didn’t enjoy the early parts of the story when I first started reading. I had put it down and didn’t feel the drive to pick it up for a few weeks after. I was initially put off mainly by the art style, it was too gritty for my liking. The choice of narrator was also initially strange, as the story is told from the point of view of a sentient mansion. I’m glad that I sat down and gave this another shot with an open…

  • Graphic Novel Review

    Fangs

    My Review: Fangs makes my little goth heart happy. It was a surprisingly down to Earth love story between a vampire and a werewolf that was just so wholesome I couldn’t help but melt a little. The book follows Elsie and Jimmy as they meet and fall in love through a series of one-page vignettes, keeping in line with Sarah’s signature comic style. I adored the main characters, Elsie is quirky and morbid, while Jimmy is sweet and a little goofy. The book is filled to the brim with cheeky one-liners and terrible vampire and werewolf puns, and I couldn’t help but smile with each one. The art in Fangs…

  • Book Review

    Thinner

    Warnings: Violence, Sex, Racism, Descriptions of Starvation My Thoughts Do you know what one of the most un-fun things in the world is? Starving. Speaking as someone with experience and a stressful hospital stay because of it, this book has become that much more terrifying to me after that experience. Billy is a scum bag lawyer saddled with a gypsy curse that leaves him withering away slowly after committing a heinous crime. Both body and mind begin to deteriorate at an alarming rate and Billy finds himself fighting for his life. He goes through all the series of emotions you would expect from someone after they figure out that they’re…