Webtoon Wednesdays: BOO! It's Sex Review

This comic was a collaboration between Monica Gallagher and Danielle Corsetto to create a proper sex ed comic for girls. I didn’t know what to expect when I started it, I just came across it while scrolling through the Webtoon app at midnight. By the time I forced myself to stop reading, I was 40 episodes in and had learned sooo much that I would have never found out any other way.

In this story, 4 girls move into a house near their college for their freshman year. It is an abandoned old sorority house, and they find some remnants of the girls who used to live there when they move in. One was an old tequila bottle that they open, and a ghost named Tara pops out! She was a sorority girl when she died, was happily sexually active, and is determined to help these four girls live their best SAFE lives in college.

I didn’t even know that this comic was supposed to be a sort of Sex Ed until I actually got into the series. I just thought that it had a unique title and wanted to see what it was about. Then, I started learning things that I had never known before, stuff that I wanted to send to my other friends who are in college. This comic should honestly be required reading for high schools and colleges, it teaches so much important information. Sex should not be a taboo topic as teens are likely to have sex with or without proper education, so it is more important that they are given the tools to make educated decisions. That is what this comic/proper sex education does, helps you make educated decisions about your body and your life.

This comic also has a unique and compelling story about the love lives of the individual girls. The girls all have different sexual orientations and levels of sexual activity, so Tara has to tailor her lessons to each of them individually. Their stories grow as the comic goes on, and Tara just keeps popping in as the helpful and friendly ghost.

I would definitely recommend this comic to anyone looking for good sex ed materials, or to anyone looking for a good story with amazing art. I hope that these authors get together to create another comic, whether educational or purely for entertainment.

Overall Rating: 6 out of 5 paintbrushes.

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Webtoon Wednesdays: Ghost Wife First Impressions

For the most part, I have only used Webtoon Wednesdays to review comics that I actually enjoy. I tend not to even pay attention to those that I don’t like, I just drop it and go to the next one. Ghost Wife is special. I haven’t liked ghost wife since I saw the art for the story, but I decided to give it a try for the heck of it. It kept getting recommended to me on the Featured page and I saw that a lot of people were reading it, so I assumed that it was going to be good. I assumed wrong.

So far I am 17 episodes in, and I don’t think I am going to go much further than that with this story. Let me start off by discussing the art style. I think that the art style could work for the creepy horror vibe, but this story is categorized as romance, as you can see in the banner. I was expecting at least some sweet art to sort of break up the horrific demons and monsters in the world, but the cutest thing that I have so far is a weird crocodile man thing. The MOUTHS on these characters are so gross. No one looks like they have any teeth except a few of the ghosts.

Look at this!! Like wtf. The mouths on all the human characters and then just THAT thing. I don’t think I can forgive the art style, I just can’t.

Then, there’s the story. The main character Liz is just sleeping in her room when she sees Damon eating cats?? And then he comes up to her room and is like “should I kill you or make you my wife”. Like what kind of question is that. Then, she starts seeing the Ghosts everywhere, so she just becomes his wife, and everyone around them simply accepts the fact that they are engaged and are in high school.

The story has the whole Frankenstein thing going but in a bad way. Damon doesn’t know how to be human, like at all, and so Liz is always trying to teach him things that he doesn’t know. There are even other ghosts that appear in the first 17 chapters that are able to express themselves more than our buddy Damon over here. I don’t know how the romance is supposed to happen if Damon doesn’t even seem to think in any sort of romantic terms.

At this point, 17 chapters in, there is nothing that is drawing me back to read more. I wouldn’t recommend this webtoon to anyone looking for a romance or a horror story, just read a different one.

Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 paintbrushes

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Webtoon Wednesday: My Deepest Secret Review

Warning: This review will have some mentions of animal abuse, so if this bothers you, I suggest that you don’t read this review or this Webtoon!

I typically don’t like Drama/Thriller Webcomics or Webtoons, but I found myself drawn to this one. Emma is a sweet girl who has a boyfriend named Elios. They met while working at a coffee shop and have been together for several months, but Emma is still too scared to get close to him. He is so handsome, everything he does makes her freeze up, but she loves being his girlfriend. Emma thinks that her boyfriend is perfect and could do no wrong. The readers see another side of Elios.

In the first episode, a stray cat pees on Emma’s shoes and grosses her out. Emma leaves to clean off her shoes in the shop, leaving Elios outside with the cat for a few minutes. As the two pass a trashcan, readers see the body of the cat laying next to the can, spattered in blood. I was totally not expecting this for the first episode, but this was how readers know that something is definitely not right with Elios.

This Webtoon will bounce back and forth between the POVs of Emma, another character that she meets in the beginning episodes, and a general POV that just gives more information about the story from no specific character’s viewpoint. There are some points in the story where you can see what Elios is doing, but there isn’t anything besides a few flashbacks that are actually from Elios’ POV so far. I’m expecting more of his POV to be in the next season, where things kick up a notch from the look of the cliffhanger.

The only complaint I have about this comic is that it seemed to be moving a bit slowly. We are 39 episodes in, and the author is currently on a break, but I don’t think that Emma thinks that anything is really off about Elios yet. Only a bit off, even though readers know he has done a lot of messed up things already. I also wish we knew a bit more about what happened to Emma when she was a child. We only have flashbacks of some sort of traumatic experience, but I feel like telling the full story of her childhood would greater enhance the reader’s understanding of why Elios has latched onto her so and why she feels so connected to him.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this Webtoon to anyone looking for a dramatic thriller with some horror elements.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 paintbrushes

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Kind of Love Webtoon Review

I’ve started reading Webtoons again during my latest reading slump, and I stumbled across this random comic. It isn’t all created by the same person, but instead one artist draws a three-part short story that is included in the overall collection.

Kind of Love is about love, but not just the romantic kind of love. So far, my favorite story has been one that focused on an elderly woman reminiscing about the love she had for her wife, who has since passed away. She has been lonely ever since, but in the story she finds love in an unexpected place.

The fact that these comics are drawn by different artists just adds to the beauty of the collection. Each artist has their own style for the specific type of love that they are showcasing in their short story. These styles tend to fit the theme. One story about children was drawn in a very cute way with more chibi-style characters while one about a broken adult relationship was drawn in the style of the more adult drama Webtoons. The style always fit the story, which I appreciated. These stories are not all happy stories about love, but they do show all sides of love, both the heartbreak and the happiness.

There’s literally no story that I haven’t enjoyed so far in this Webtoon, and I am excited to see which ones are coming next. I came across this comic at almost midnight, and I still had to stay up to catch up with all the stories. I hope you all enjoy this comic as much as I did if you get the chance to read it!

I would recommend this Webtoon to anyone looking for an animated series about all kinds of love.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 Paintbrushes

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Queen of the Sea Blog Tour Plus Review

Age Range: 10 – 14 years
Grade Level: 5 – 9
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Walker Books US (June 25, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1536204986
ISBN-13: 978-1536204988



Praise for QUEEN OF THE SEA

The art, reminiscent of Raina Telgemeier’s style, creates levity during perilous situations. The book is dense with dialogue, often feeling more like a work of prose than a graphic novel. As a result, this complex work will be more accessible to those familiar with graphic novels…Certain to charm sophisticated graphic novel devotees. —School Library Journal (starred review)

Meconis offers an atmospheric alternate history inspired by the childhood and succession of Queen Elizabeth I in this quietly ambitious graphic novel…Art in soft, earthy colors brings this singular story to life in styles ranging from simple line drawings to elaborately styled text illuminations. The island world is richly developed, both in its physical particulars and its close-knit community (fascinating digressions into topics such as convent time, hand gestures used at table, and chess and embroidery flesh out daily life), and Margaret proves herself an endearing heroine with a strong voice full of humor and wonder. Her perspective transforms a storm-wracked rock into a vibrant world of hidden treasures. —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Meconis’ humor and storytelling gifts here wed seamlessly with her evocative pen-and-ink and gouache illustrations, which are rendered in warm earth and sea tones and brim with movement, expressively capturing even Margaret’s interior monologues. With its compelling, complex characters and intrigue-laden plot, this will have readers hoping it’s only the first of many adventures for Meconis’ savvy heroine. —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Weaving faith, love, statecraft, and self-discovery into a tale of palace intrigue relocated to the halls of a convent on a remote island at sea, Dylan Meconis uses the trappings of the history we know to create a high-stakes adventure in an alternate past that feels so detailed and so familiar, you’ll find yourself wondering why you never read about it in school. This beautiful book swept me away from the first page.” —Kate Milford, author of the Greenglass House series

“Dylan Meconis is at the absolute top of her game. A gorgeously rendered, lovingly realized alternate history, full of personal revelations in the midst of political intrigue. A tale of growing up, and of understanding that the world is larger and stranger than it once seemed. (Plus it has a Terrible Recipe for Terrible Gruel.)” —Ben Hatke, author-illustrator of the Zita the Spacegirl series

“This is the book I was always trying to get my hands on in high school that never seemed to materialize. An adventure to lose yourself in, with an attention to historical detail to please the nerdiest among us. I fell easily and completely into this world and its characters, knowing I was safe in Dylan Meconis’s hands, and I’m really excited for more people to find out what I’ve known for a long time—that she is one of a kind.” —Kate Beaton, author-illustrator of Hark! A Vagrant

Cult graphic novelist Dylan Meconis offers a rich reimagining of history in this hybrid novel loosely based on the exile of Queen Elizabeth I by her sister, Queen Mary.

When her sister seizes the throne, Queen Eleanor of Albion is banished to a tiny island off the coast of her kingdom, where the nuns of the convent spend their days peacefully praying, sewing, and gardening. But the island is also home to Margaret, a mysterious young orphan girl whose life is upturned when the cold, regal stranger arrives. As Margaret grows closer to Eleanor, she grapples with the revelation of the island’s sinister true purpose as well as the truth of her own past. When Eleanor’s life is threatened, Margaret is faced with a perilous choice between helping Eleanor and protecting herself.

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Margaret has lived on an island with nuns and servants her entire life. The nuns are of the Elysian order, and their job is to pray for the sailors that sail on the waters near their island. They also take in those that need shelter who come to the island, and help those who are washed ashore from a shipwreck. Margaret knows that she couldn’t have been born on the island, but none of the nuns are willing to tell her where she came from. She was also the only kid on the island, at least until William came. This book tells the story of her adventures on this island as she learns about her family, true family, and friendship.

I love graphic novels, but I have never read a historical fiction graphic novel. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but this book completely blew me away. Margaret was such a lively character, she reminded me of the girls that I grew up reading in the classic novels at the library like Pippi Longstocking and A Little Princess. She was full of life and lit up the rooms she was in, even on an island full of nuns and servants. She was imaginative, but she wanted to grow up to be a nun so she could help people. She never even thought of life off the island until more people from the mainland started coming to the island, but then she couldn’t stop thinking about it. Even when she thought about mainland life, she didn’t start to rebel against the people who had raised her. Which I took as a breath of fresh air. Not all preteen/teenaged girls are crazy and rebellious, some really enjoy their lives like Margaret did. You can be imaginative without trying to run away every 2 seconds.

This had to be one of the most fun yet even still historically accurate graphic novels I’ve read yet. I learned small things about living on an island full of nuns in the 16th century as I read about Margaret’s life there as an outsider. There were traditions that these nuns upheld, stories that these nuns told, that I had never even heard about as a non-Catholic Christian. Even so, the book wasn’t so forcibly religious that a non-Christian person would feel uncomfortable reading it. The historic religious events were woven in with brilliant storytelling and beautiful pictures.

I read this entire book in about 2-3 hours, while on buses and trains commuting to and from NYC. This book was so addictive that it took me out of that uncomfortable and annoying commute and made me think about a completely new world while I was reading it. I can say that I definitely have not had that experience while reading a graphic novel before.

I would recommend this novel to anyone looking for a new historical fiction book or a new graphic novel to enjoy. I cannot wait to read more by this author!

I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 6 out of 5 books.

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Photo Content from Dylan Meconis

I’ve been writing and illustrating my own stories since the first grade, and I’ve been making comic books since middle school (no, really! Seventh grade was a tough year for me socially, so I had a lot of time to draw). I started my first book-length comic (graphic novel) in high school.

Unlike a lot of people who become professional artists and authors, I didn’t go to art school or a creative writing program in college. Instead, I mostly studied history, literature, philosophy, and French in the College of Letters at Wesleyan University. This means I have a brain full of weird facts, old books, strange art, and the extremely useful ability to read The Tales of Canterbury in the original Middle English. Except for the Middle English bit, it’s all come in very handy for writing and drawing historical fiction and fantasy.

I first started to get paid for making comics when I was still in college, when my first graphic novel was published online. After college, I worked as a graphic designer and visual communications consultant (which means “person who helps teach adults complicated stuff in cool new ways using pictures”). I’ve worked with Fortune 500 companies, global charities, technology companies, libraries, and a lot of other interesting organizations. I’ve made illustrations, animations, information graphics and cool presentations, explaining everything from how microchips work to the ways that clean drinking water can help communities in the third world.

For the last ten years, though, I mostly work as a writer, comic book creator and illustrator! Sometimes I make books totally by myself, and sometimes I get to team up with other writers or artists. It can be lots of fun, but it can also be very hard work. Luckily, I never get tired of making new stories.

 
       
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Webtoon Wednesday: AMuslimMamaComics!

I love supporting amazing artists on Instagram. When I first started reading Asbah Alaena’s comics, I fell in love with the art style. Soon, I started following the story of herself and her family. Her name on Instagram is @amuslimmamacomics, and she writes about her everyday life raising children, being a wife, and being a Muslim woman.

I am not Muslim, so I didn’t know what to expect coming into it. Soon, I kept reading her older comics just to learn more about the religion and to understand my Muslims friends better. She writes about the peaceful, amazing, funny, and difficult parts of being a Muslim in today’s world. One of my favorite inspirational comics of hers was this one. I never really understood what Ramadan was truly about until I saw this comic, and it made me so happy to know that this was how my friends were going to be feeling for that month.

A lot of her comics are simply relatable if you have kids or have been around kids for any period of time. She discusses the good, bad, and the hilarious of being a mother. One of my favorite motherhood-related comics of hers is this one!

I would definitely recommend you check her out and read even more of her comics, she even writes about some political/social and humanitarian issues in comics such as this one!

I hope that you check her out and enjoy her comics as much as I did! Let me know who your favorite Instagram artists are in the comments!


Overall Rating: 6 out of 5 paintbrushes

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