Jan. 30th, 2019

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I’ve been reading a lot of comics, graphic novels, manga ect in the last month or so. So here’s quick rundown of some things I read and what I thought.

Gin no Saji Silver Spoon, Vol 1-4 by Hiromu Arakawa This a manga about a kid who goes to agricultural school to escape his parents’ academic expectations. I liked it a lot. There’s thoughtful exploration of agricultural ethics and finding or having a vocation.

The Divided Earth by Faith Erin Hicks It's the final volume of The Nameless City Trilogy and I liked the resolution. The central friendship of the trilogy is just so great.

Cook Korean!: A Comic Book with Recipes by Robin Ha What it says on the tin. I now know a bit more about Korean food but I didn’t try any of these recipes. They seem pretty approachable though.

Lumberjanes, Vol. 10: Parents' Day by Shannon Watters et al. This was cute installment of this series about girls at summer camp having supernatural adventures. It was fun to see our campers with their parents.

Sound of Snow Falling by Maggie Umber This was on my goodreads TBR for years and years and I finally got via IIL. And it was ok? I guess? It's basically paintings of owls with no words but I couldn’t really follow what was going on and I didn’t love the art style. I think past me who added this to the TBR would have liked it more than present me does.

Conspiracy of Ravens by Leah Moore, John Reppion, and Sally Jane ThompsonI feel like a book about bird themed magical girls at a boarding school should be my thing but this never quite clicked with me.

The Ancient Magus' Bride, Vol. 1 by Kore Yamazaki I think the creepy parts of this outweigh the parts I liked. There's mentorship and the art is really nice but also the main character's mom died by suicide, and there's very inappropriate romantic relationship and lots of creepy magic. So I think I won't be reading more of this.

Fruits Basket Collector's Edition, Vol. 1 by Natsuki Takaya I was really into this series years ago then I went away to uni and never finished it. (I used to be part of friends group that consumed a lot of manga and anime together but we drifted apart while I was in uni) Recently [personal profile] umadoshi has been talking about it a lot, so that reminded me that it existed. So I got this volume out from the library. It's still very cute. I’m a bit more eyerolly about teen behaviour than I was back in the day. And the magic caring depending on know when someone is the “opposite sex” is problematic to say the least. But I also have a lot of nostalgia for these characters and enjoyed reading and plan to continue the series.

I’m enjoying reading lots of comics. I’ve got some more on hold at the library. In the past I’ve been reluctant to read unfinished series but right now I’m trying a few to see how that goes. Have you read any good comics lately or have any recs for me?

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