Thursday, December 6, 2018

Gettin' Graphic, Vol. 2: The Tea Dragon Society + everyone's a aliebn when ur a aliebn too

Y'all, she's back! I first introduced Gettin' Graphic back in 2014 (yes, *four* years ago) and never continued on with it. Story of my life. But I'm starting this up again because 1) there are so many good graphic novels and comics I've been meaning to pick up and share with you guys, plus 2) I want to have a separate place to highlight these differently-formatted books I'm reading. (I was going to call 'em a different "genre," but the internet says that's a no-no. Got it.)

If you have any graphic novel or comic recommendations, please let me know below!



THE TEA DRAGON SOCIETY BY KATIE O'NEILL

Release Date: October 31, 2017
Publisher: Oni Press
Format: Hardcover // 72 pages
Rating: 5 stars
From the award-winning author of Princess Princess Ever After comes THE TEA DRAGON SOCIETY, the beloved and charming all-ages book that follows the story of Greta, a blacksmith apprentice, and the people she meets as she becomes entwined in the enchanting world of tea dragons. After discovering a lost tea dragon in the marketplace, Greta learns about the dying art form of tea dragon care-taking from the kind tea shop owners, Hesekiel and Erik. As she befriends them and their shy ward, Minette, Greta sees how the craft enriches their lives—and eventually her own.
The Tea Dragon Society follows a girl named Greta who returns a lost Tea Dragon to Hesekiel, a tea shop owner, and ends up learning how to take care of them. These Tea Dragons grow tea leaves out of their horns and antlers "that, when brewed correctly, has magical properties." It was such a lovely reading experience! I want to frame every page in this book and put it up on my walls. The art is *gorgeous* and the coloring matches the story and atmosphere so well. Even if you picked this up to flip through and look at the illustrations, it would be worth it. There are a few pages at the end of this graphic novel that describes each Tea Dragon and some other fun tidbits, which I loved referencing whenever we were introduced to something new. The ending feels like it's open to a sequel, so I'm crossing my fingers that it'll happen one day!

Also, side note/a funny thing that happened while I was reading this: I was reminded I forgot my tea downstairs, lol.




Release Date: June 27, 2017
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Format: Hardcover // 304 pages
Rating: 4 stars
Through this story of a lost, lonely and confused alien finding friendship, acceptance, and love among the creatures of Earth, we will all learn how to be a little more human. And for all of us earth-bound creatures here on this planet, we can all be reminded that sometimes, it takes an outsider to help us see ourselves for who we truly are.
"day 3: being small does not mean the same thimg as being insignificamt"
"day 33: it apears that some humabns like being busy more than they like being friemds"

I don't know how else to describe everyone's a aliebn when ur a aliebn too besides sweet and innocent. The main character, Jomny, is sent to earth—or, as aliebns call it, "Earbth"—to find out facts about humans. (The funny thing is that he actually doesn't encounter any humans, but that's besides the point of this story.) It's basically a book presenting many truths (and some ... could-be truths?) about life in a funny and simple way. The illustrations, and even misuse of grammar, perfectly matched the feel of the story, but it wasn't anything *spectacular.* I do think that this is a hit or miss, depending on your style of humor, so I'm happy to say I was on the side of enjoying it.

Another side note: I'm pretty sure my auto-correct is all out of whack after typing all my favorite parts down in my Notes app 😂

GRAPHIC NOVELS + COMICS I'LL BE READING SOON


Bake Sale by Sara Varon
Giant Days, Vol. 1 by John Allison (a re-read!)

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