Poster Girls by Georgina Chadderton
& Cheating Fate by Owen Heitman
I recently discovered the work of Australian comic book artist Georgina Chadderton through my work with the Ledger- Australian comic book awards. I had the pleasure of reading quite a few of her autobiographical works and was hooked from the first panel. This latest offering was generously sent to me by Georgina herself and is a 2in1 book created with her partner Owen Heitman for the zine of the month club.
Georgina's side of the comic is a story focusing on the effect distance can have on a friendship called Poster Girls. Georgina's close friend Edie is moving to Canberra for 11 months. Before leaving Georgina gifts Edie a poster to match the one she has on her own wall. Poster Girls perfectly captures the importance of doing small thoughtful things to let your loved ones know you care. The comic turley inspired me to make a difference in my life. I have been too heavily focused on work and neglected my friends of late, so the moment I finished reading I called my friend in Canberra to say hello. I find it's very rare to have a comic make such an impact in such a short amount of time. So if your reading this Georgina-Thank You.
The second half of the comic is called Cheating Fate and is a fun little story written and drawn by Owen Heitman,
Pat has not been sleeping well this past week. Vivid dreams of names going into a small box have kept him awake and he feels even worse now that he found out that same person who's name went into his dream box, died overnight. While his best friend Lisa may not believe him, Pat is terrified of who's name will go into the box next.
I found cheating fate to be strange and quite playful. The characters were quite fleshed out for such a short comic and I really appreciated the comedic undertones.
You can pick up your own copy of Poster Girls/Cheating Fate by clicking here:
Displacement By Lucy Knisley
I have been waiting to read Lucy's new graphic novel for months. Finally one Sunday not long ago I took the entire day and a pot of coffee to sit down, relax and enjoy it.
Early in I knew this was going to be a hard comic book to read. Not because it was not a great comic, but because of the nature of the story. Lucy's grandparents sign up for a cruise which at their age is not the safest idea. When no one else in her family offers to help, Lucy decides she will go on the 10 day Caribbean cruise with them. From day one Lucy comes face to face with the sobering reality of her grandparents decline of physical and mental health. It is clearly a lesson in patience and through all the pain and frustration Lucy manages to find time to share with us stories from her grandfather's memoir of world war 2.
Lucy's work is always so personal and engaging. Her illustrations are full of emotion and depth. At times the comic was heartbreaking, I felt such a connection to Lucy that I came out feeling emotionally exhausted. I personally feel Displacement is a comic that all adults should read. It was incredibly thought provoking and made me focus on what I feel is most important in life.
Gotham Academy Endgame #1
Gotham Academy is an ongoing series by DC Comics about a prep school in the heart of Gotham which seems to be overrun with ghosts and monsters of late. It is one of my favourite series currently and I am so eager for each new issue.
In this very special issue called End Game we see Gotham Academy students Olive, Maps and Pomeline camping inside the school gym while the dead run rampant outside.
The girls decide to pass the time while 'Batman' saves the day by telling spooky Joker stories. What follows is 3 short stories all written and drawn by a different creative teams. All of them unique and more than one actually giving me the heeby Jeebies.
While I usually hate spin off/crossover books this one really stood out to me due to it's unique concept. Anyone could pick up this issue of Gotham Academy and enjoy it even if they didn't know the characters. It reminds me of old shows like Are you afraid of the dark and Goosebumps. A much needed break from all the serious nature of DC comics recently.
What have you been enjoying in comic books lately? Are any of you reading the Gotham Academy series?