Review: The Adventurers: Love You Very So Much

The Adventurers: Love You Very So Much cover

The Adventurers: Love You Very So Much, created by Calgary based, Kelly Tindall.

Art

The style Kelly chose for this book is very economical with lines and details, but packs an emotional punch.  The Adventurers: Love You Very So Much is autobiographical, and uses clean lines to cut through all of the messy details of life and focus on what’s important, the loving relationship between father and daughter.

The Adventurers: Love You Very So Much, Pooping
The Adventurers: Love You Very So Much, Teeth

Story

In the Comic Books and Graphic Novels course I took via Coursera, William Kushkin taught the choice of a “cartoony” style lent itself better to realism, while a more realistic style seemed to work best with outlandish stories.  Kelly’s work supports this idea, I think a more detailed style would have distracted from the  focused theme of love, and did well to capture those day to day moments families experience.

I am a father and can relate to the Adventurers.  It pushed all of the right buttons and had a near perfect balance of laughs, cries, frustration, and achievement.  The slow progress of simple skills learned, coupled with the reflection of time slipping through our fingers.  Nothing is perfect; this perfect.

 

The Adventurers Privacy for Parents
The Adventurers Privacy for Parents

Reaction

I rate The Adventurers: Love You Very So Much: thirty-seven readings of “Goodnight Moon” before they fall asleep… finally!

Where to Find The Adventurers: Love You Very So Much

Mr. Kelly Tindall has a sleek online store where you can purchase this book, or other wonderful products.  I personally enjoyed Strangebeard, and recommend it.  The Adventurers’ website is another place to explore and learn more about the book.

Updates

I finally received my ISBN for Emily Executioner!  Still working up the courage and will to run the big scary kickstarter campaign.

Thanks for reading!

Review: Daisy Blackwood, Pilot for Hire – the Cursed Island

Daisy Blackwood is a comic created by Saskatchewanian, Ryan Howe.  I picked this up at Amazing Stories, they have a decent local section if you’re ever willing to try out some SK talent.


Plot

Daisy is convinced to fill in on a routine supply run, but is soon taken hostage by a scared scientist, with a mysterious artifact.  The artifact seems to be the source of a magical power, capable of altering mind and body.  The scientist believes salvation lies on a remote island and forces Daisy to take him there at gun point.  The story continues from there… you’ll have to buy the book to learn more.  😉

Art

Mr. Howe’s art is sleek, professional, and economical with storytelling.  I was drawn into the story quickly, and felt like I got to know the characters early on through natural facial expressions and body language.

Reaction

After reading this book I was satisfied to read a completed story.  Major plot points are wrapped up, while subplots remain open for future issues.  I look forward to the next book.  I rate this book: five airplanes.

Where to find this book:

Updates

We are pushing forward on the Emily Executioner release on Kickstarter.  Lately, I have been playing with social media and trying to gain a better understanding of how the internet works to drive sales.  Following Emily on Facebook is the best way to support the book at this time. 

Thanks for reading!

Review: Badassical #1 – When Cute Meets Violence

Badassical 1 Cover

Have you ever been channel surfing, come across a scene that’s interesting, sucks you in, and the next thing you know you’ve sat down and watched the whole episode?  Whatever the comic version of this is, Badassical #1 did it to me.

Collette’s art is like a series of pin-ups with a few action sequences sprinkled in.  Normally, comics like this feel stiff, but she pulls it off, adding to character development through subtle posture and facial expressions that feel natural.  Collette’s character designs are fantastic, this also plays into her ability to pull the reader into this character driven story.

Art owned by Badassical creative team,.

Skipper’s colours compliment the art, providing a polished look.  Choices of skin tones, hair & eye colour add to fleshing the three protagonists out, and drives home that we are looking at three individuals.  So many comics miss the mark on this, and can even confuse the reader as to who they are looking at, not happening with Badassical.

I never read any of John’s work before this, but I immediately felt like I was in the hands of an experienced storyteller.  He moves the plot forward with fun and natural dialogue, which hints at a larger world, but doesn’t bog the reader down.  I like the characters in Badassical and want to read more about them.

Badassical WIP

You can pick up Badassical for a buck at comixology and follow this ongoing series on Facebook.