Published by Super Genius on November 15th 2016
Two centuries from now, Trish "Trash" Nupindju lives on the newly inhabited Mars, whose settlers live under harsh and ruthless conditions. Trish dreams of only one thing: becoming a hoverderby star. It seems like making the professional derby team is the only way to escape a future of poverty on her parents' farm. But, what happens when a half-dead Martian shows up on her doorstep and changes everything? Find out in the first volume of the new science fiction trilogy created by Jessica Abel.
Could have been a bit more fleshed out, and the ending was a bit abrupt… but I’m okay with that because I want to read more! I have to say, Trish really reminded me of Luke Skywalker stuck on his uncle’s farm but dreaming of a bigger life.The Well of Being: A Children's Book for Adults by Jean-Pierre Weill
Published by Jean-Pierre Weill Studios on October 1st 2013
The Well of Being: a children's book for adults is an illustrated inquiry into the pursuit of happiness, and what it means to be radically alive in our daily moments. This adult picture book takes its reader on a quest for well‐being and self‐acceptance, following the story of a wondering everyman. The projective tale summons the reader’s inner child as a complimentary vehicle to drive the plot through bold reflection and earnest doubt. Assisted by cosmic perspective, the faceless protagonist sets out to retrieve the deep self-comfort and inner wellness lost along life's way.
A lovely, peaceful book, just perfect for a one-sit reading when you need something to help you feel calm and collected. I’m trying really hard to reduce some of my crazy anxious energy, and sometimes reading something like this centers me better than all the deep breathing exercises combined. 😉A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 3 by Daniel Abraham, George R.R. Martin, Tommy Patterson
When dealing with a masterpiece, only the best will do. That’s why writer Daniel Abraham and illustrator Tommy Patterson were chosen to adapt George R. R. Martin’s beloved fantasy classic A Game of Thrones as a graphic novel. And as anyone who has read the previous two collected volumes of the ongoing series can attest, the result has been a stunning tour de force faithful in every respect to its brilliant original. In King’s Landing, Lord Eddard Stark of Winterfell—the Hand of King Robert Baratheon—is surrounded by enemies. Some are openly declared, such as Ser Jaime Lannister and his sister, Queen Cersei. Others are hidden in the shadows. Still others wear the smiling mask of friends. But all are deadly, as Eddard is about to discover. Nor is the enmity between Eddard and the Lannister siblings the sole source of friction between these powerful noble families. For Tyrion Lannister, the Imp—whose stunted, twisted body houses the mind of a genius—has but lately won his freedom from Lady Catelyn Stark, Eddard’s wife, who had accused him of attempting to murder her youngest son, Brandon. Now he seeks out his father, his restless thoughts bent on revenge. Far to the north, the bastard Jon Snow, newly sworn to the Night’s Watch, takes the first faltering steps toward a destiny stranger than he could ever dream—a destiny that will bring him face-to-face with unspeakable horrors from beyond the edge of the world. While across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys Targaryen, wed to the great Dothraki warlord Khal Drogo, and pregnant with his child—a son prophesied to conquer the world—will see her own destiny take an unforeseen turn.
I love this series, and graphic novels are kind of perfect for the magic and mayhem that Martin has created. I also like that it follows the book and not the tv show, so it’s kind of a great way for fans of the show to “read” the book without reading the book (although, really, you should). I hope that the graphic novels continue the whole series! Also, I can’t ever get enough of Tyrion Lannister. It’s just not possible.I Feel Bad: All Day. Every Day. about Everything. by Orli Auslander
Published by Blue Rider Press on April 4th 2017
Roz Chast meets Allie Brosh in this hilarious, unfiltered, and beautifully illustrated look at the infinite number of reasons the author experiences guilt, shame, regret and self-reproach in her daily life, and that maybe—just maybe—some of us can relate to as well.
In a series of 100 illustrations with accompanying text, Orli Auslander has captured a mood and emotional ambivalence that will be all too familiar for readers: trying to be the best wife, mother, and friend she can be, while simultaneously feeling shitty about virtually everything she does. Confronting her daily experience with dark humor and brilliant and brutal honesty, she shows us how being an overindulgent mother makes her feel as terrible as the times when she can't stand the sight of her kids; how saying yes to the wrong experiences and no to the right requests is equally bad; how her Jewish heritage complicates her relationships with her overly religious family and irreligious children; and how having a vagina is the ultimate inescapable struggle. With a distinctive, textured ink drawing style which brings to mind a female Robert Crumb and a neurotic Edward Gorey, I Feel Bad is a book that readers will buy for themselves and for a best friend, and where every reader will find the precise moment that Auslander voiced their own deepest anxiety in her poignant and hilarious illustrations.
As somebody that has a lot of anxiety, and is an extreme people pleaser, I could relate to this book. I feel bad for a lot of my thoughts and actions, and sometimes I feel bad that I feel bad… it’s a vicious cycle. Auslander really lays it all out there for the reader- showing the worst of herself (and of all of us) with frazzled graphics and snarky comments.
The downsides is that it’s pretty negative, which for is both validating (I think that too!) and depressing (because, really, I do that too). But sometimes it’s nice to know that there’s other people that are just as messed up as you out there.