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About Jennifer Lavender

Jennifer is a happily married, home schooling mother of 5. When she isn't online she enjoys reading, knitting, and spending time with her family.

Review – Finder: Talisman

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Finder: Talisman
Story and art by: Carla Speed McNeil

“Talisman is a book about a book:
It’s the book that’s never there when you wake up, no matter how hard you try to take it with you.
The book you steal when you’re too young to understand it’s not the only copy in the world.”

I picked up this graphic novel because the cover reminded me of the cover for The Neverending Story. I read the description above and felt it was a book I needed to read. It speaks of books from the past, and stories half-remembered that you look for by habit every time you go to the shelf. As I usually do, I flipped through it real quick to check out the art. What I found was crisp and clean. No flash and pizzazz, just straight forward art that tells the story of a little girl, and her favorite book.

As I read the story I fell in love with the main character, Marcie and her quirky family. Marcie draws you into her story, and then leads you along it’s path. A story that is fun and sad at the same time. Marcie introduces you to her favorite book, filled with all the wonders of imagination you remember from the first novel you ever read. When you first meet the book it is being read to her by a family friend, and her mom’s lover I think.  You also meet the rest of her family as you read through this graphic novel. Her transgender brother, snobby older sister, a father drowning in an illness that drives him mad, and her career oriented mother. You see the impact these people have on her life. As she grows older Marcie decides that she wants to write a book. Marcie’s search for her muse, and the perfect book to write her story in take her through life moments that have an impact on the outcome of her story.

I really hope you enjoy this book as much as I did. It’s a book about the exploration of the love of a good book, the struggle of writing, and the never-ending need for imagination.

 

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Review: Crecy

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Crecy
Written by: Warren Ellis
Illustrated by: Raulo Caceres
Regular edition cover: Felipe Massafera
San Diego variant cover: Raulo Caceres
Published by: Avatar Press

This is a historical comic about one of the greatest battles in England’s history. During the battle of Crecy a small army of English warriors routed a huge French army full of battle hardened mercenaries. In 1346 a highly trained but under equipped  English army invaded France due to a perceived threat to home security. The English conduct shock and awe raids to terrify the populace. Eventually they are driven to ground and vastly outnumbered. The resulting battle would change the face of warfare forever.

This is 44 pages of amazing storytelling and artistic awesomeness. Every page is full of beautiful detail and words. I quickly devoured this great story. This is a beautiful comic with every page amazingly drawn down to the smallest line. The story is well written and full of great detail. There is some rough but historically accurate language in this one so if you don’t care for that kind of stuff you might skip it.

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New Title from 215 Ink: Golgotha (with Video Trailer)

The great news from 215 Ink just keeps coming with the announcement of Golgotha. This is a title that we look forward to reviewing for you. Check out the video trailer below to see why.
Golgotha - Available in Previews April 2013

215 Ink is pleased to introduce Golgotha – a 130-page romp through the mythical beginnings and ominous present of H.P. Lovecraft’s hometown of Providence, Rhode Island.

Golgotha follows the harrowing happenings of a few fun-loving junkies as they attempt to recover the stolen skull of Lovecraft – a totem that holds enough power and secrets to send Providence straight into the sea.

“Golgotha is a must for any horror fan,” said 215 Ink President Andrew DelQuadro, “with a fast-paced story from Andrew Harrison and the manic illustration of Karl Slominski.”

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Daddy Cool

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Daddy Cool
Written by: Donald Goines and Donald Glut
Artist: Alfredo P. Alcala
Cover and book Design: Jesse Dena

When I picked this book up I got it because it was about a hit man seeking vengeance in defense of his daughter’s honor. Says so, right on the cover. What I didn’t realize until I had read the entirety of Daddy Cool was that in my hands I held the graphic novel adaptation of famed novel writer Donald Goines, “Master of the Black Experience novel.”

Daddy Coolis a middle-aged hit man who owns a pool hall as a front and has seen and done things that would even curl your greasy hair. He is a master at his own hand crafted throwing knives . He does his best to never leave a shred of evidence that could be traced to him and his family. Daddy Cooladmits to making mistakes in the past, and that he doesn’t want to repeat them.

He is married with one daughter and two step-sons. After a fight with his daughter (the oldest of the children) she runs away with her boy friend, who is a pimp, and proceeds to make some pretty bad decisions. When Daddy Coolfinds out, all hell breaks loose. Along the way we see bad choices by the boys and their eventual repercussions as well.  He is Daddy Cool:Hitman, pool hall owner, and father.

Daddy Coolis a fast-paced, easy read with some nudity and plenty of violence. The black and white art is as amazing as the writing. Beautifully drawn, with a great panel lay out that sometimes takes up two pages. By the end of the book I was in love with Daddy Cooland his friends. I was hungry for more. The afterword describes the murders of Donald and his wife Shirley, and it sounds like they may have been unsolved. Their two young daughters were left orphaned. Donald’s funeral was attended by hundreds of people who loved his books.

I have every intention of looking up and reading as many of Donald Goines‘ books as I can find. R.I.P. Mr. Goines. Thanks for the great read.

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215 Ink Comes to comiXology

215 Ink215 Ink has announced that they will begin releasing their books on comiXology. From their press release:

In our continuing effort to bring you the best new comics in the most convenient ways, 215 Ink has begun utilizing Comixology as a platform.

“Bringing our catalogue to ComiXology was a no-brainer,” explained 215 Ink President Andrew DelQuadro, “we want to make sure that as many people can read our books as possible, and this is a proven platform.”

The first round of 215 Ink books to hit the new platform’s virtual shelves include Jim Starlin’s Mindgames, Little Heroes and IGN’s Best of 2011 award-winner Vic Boone: Malfunction Murder, with a new round of titles in the coming weeks.

Congratulations to 215 Ink for expanding into this new platform for digital comic books. It sounds like a match made in heaven to us.

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