The Witching Hour Comic Book Review

The Witching Hour

Erica Gives This Comic Four StarsThe Witching Hour by Robin Hoelzemann
Rating: 4/5 stars

The oversized nature of this book makes me happy because Hoelzemann’s art is beautiful and her stories are fairy tales. Two friends, Gabriel and August, head back home through the forest, and encounter tests of character, specifically to avoid the fabled White Rider.

I don’t want to give too much away about this story. While August knows his way around a magical forest — my only complaint here is there’s not more of it. The story itself is rather short. Continue reading “The Witching Hour Comic Book Review”

Girl Town Graphic Novel Review

Girl Town

Erica gives this comic five starsGirl Town by Carolyn Nowak
Rating: 5/5 stars

Girl Town is a collection of short comics by Nowak about being a woman and being in your 20s. Nowak perfectly captures the feels of not having it all together, but having the best female friends. And not wanting to move forward in life without them.

Her art style is fresh and organic. Nowak thinks through what each woman would individually look like — if she’s curvy, has body hair, has a tummy, dyes her hair, wears makeup, etc. All her characters are distinct from each other in the ways people are. Nowak’s art is also gender inclusive, and her works feature a lot of queer characters. Continue reading “Girl Town Graphic Novel Review”

Check Please!: Year One Graphic Novel Review

Check Please!: Year One

Erica Gives This Comic Four StarsCheck Please!: Year One by Ngozi Ukazu
Rating: 4/5 stars

Sweet Eric Bittle, or Bitty, heads to college to play hockey in the delightful Check Please! What I love about this book is that you can tell Bitty is a character who lives a lot in Ukazu’s head, and we get the privilege to see him grow. Ukazu writes about she never really intended to make this into a web comic, or a series. But Bitty resonates.

While yes, this is one of those college stories where they never seem to actually go to class, what matters in Bitty’s world is his vlog, hockey playing, hockey team, and baking. Bitty stress bakes. Bitty bakes to get people to like him. Bitty bakes because there’s a kitchen — even if its a gross kitchen he has to clean first in the hockey team house.

The smallness of Bitty’s world feels so right. Continue reading “Check Please!: Year One Graphic Novel Review”