mordicai caeli (mordicai) wrote,
mordicai caeli

  • Mood:
  • Music:

Chickagami. (105)

Brain Camp by Susan Kim, Laurence Klavan & Faith Erin Hicks.

Morning reveille:
"The owls are not what they seem."
Diane, take a note.

The gloss effects on this cover are really spectacular. Maybe it is the couple of bennies that Kelly dosed me with-- no, Benadryl, not Bendedrine!-- but ohhh, pretty sparkles! The creepy eyes of the campers, the talon made from a flock of birds, the highlighting on the protagonists-- just, bravo. The story inside won't hold very many surprises-- outsiders struggling with conformity, a romance between a thug & a nerd, bodies changing with the onset of puberty, bird-aliens growing in your brain. The usual stuff. Wait what? Anyhow, I think the thing that makes this book seperate from the pack of "our changing bodies" graphic novels is the matter of fact way that the characters deel with the hurdles of adolescence. Wet dream? Great, now you have to change your underwear without your bunk mates catching you. Your first period? Ugh, where does this horrid camp keep their hygene products? The character design is lovely, as well-- I'm always curious about that, since I sort of feel that a hallmark of cartooning is how you choose to differentiate your characters. This is a nice little yarn-- I could relate to it on a personal level a little more than American Born Chinese but not quite as much as Americus.
Tags: books, comics, haiku

  • Deadlands: Coffin Rock.

    Insert Ennio Morricone & theremins here: it's Deadlands time again! After last session, we'd our characters built & started off as newcomers to…

  • The Big Fizz.

    I dreamt too big with my Dread game. Honestly it was sort of on purpose: I thought having multiple weird hooks would mean more entry points to…

  • Crazy Eyes!

    Sunday we did an Escape the Room for Nicole's birthday; Inquisition themed! Apparently these folks are franchised from Russia, & they were talking…

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.