Lumberjanes – Beware the kitten holy – Written by Noelle Stevenson & Grace Elli; Illustrated by Brooke Allen; Colours by Maarta Laiho; Letters by Aubrey Aiese

What a great comic. Each girl in the girl-scout-like troupe is unique and wonderful.  They each have their own distinct traits, making each one likeable and relatable; you’re either like one of these girls or you ‘ve known someone like them. I also really like the behaviours they are modelling: camaraderie, compassion, helpfulness, friendship and fierce loyalty.  Each girl is a bad ass in her own way and the group encourage each other to use their individual strengths, trusting that the girl knows what she is doing.  It’s refreshing to see and it made me feel goodas an ex-scout to read it.I really enjoyed how they used heroic and notable women’s names as exclamations, I had to look up a few and really liked learning about some really amazing women. The art is also dynamic and does a great job of telling the story, the colours are rich and vibrant and convey real feeling and impact as the girls go on their adventures. I loved this comic and I’m looking forward to grabbing another volume.  Well done Lumberjanes team!

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The girl who owned a city – by O.T. Nelson; Adapted by Dan Jolley; Illustrated by Joelle Jones; Colours by Jenn Manley Lee

This is a book by O.T. Nelson, but I haven’t read it so can’t compare this graphic novel to the original 1975 novel.  Back story here is everyone over the age of 12 was killed off by a virus, leaving behind a bunch of kids who are starving and often useless. Our main character Lisa is just trying to keep herself and her little brother Todd safe.  There are gangs roaming around, and as in usual kid fashion are completely cruel.  Lisa then enlists the kids on her street to form their own community in which they share resources and knowledge, different from the menacing gangs, these kids actually look after each other. The story really begins once Lisa has built a virtual empire and rival factions get jealous and then come the internal problems Lisa faces with her co-leaders.  I enjoyed this story, even if it seemed a little far fetched in places as I’m not sure a 12 year old could be quite that mature, but I liked where the story went and the overall themes and storytelling, some good examples here of growing up and people management.

Blankets – Craig Thompson

This graphic novel was beautiful.  The story was touching and very well crafted. It’s a story of growing up, your first love and the challenges that come with being in a very religious family. We follow the author Craig as he’s growing up, this is semi-autobiographical, realistic-fiction, some parts actually happened and some are made up as they make for a better story. The art work is great, a little rough, which makes it compelling.  The book is thick, but the story was so good I couldn’t put it down and read the entire thing in an evening.  Craig’s feelings for Raina come through amazingly, you can practically feel what he feels.  This story is heart breaking, painful, beautiful and definitely worth the read. You’ll finish it in no time, it’s that good, I promise.