Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Humor Can Be Funny! by Sam Henderson

Humor Can Be Funny! (Second Edition), by Sam Henderson

You know the Magic Whistle comics? Well, they are amazing, and this is a bunch of 'em compiled, from the mini-comics of 1990 through 1995. Some of the pages are just writing of ideas for comics, and some of the pages are little one-panels based on those ideas. For instance, in one there is a picture of a guy with a million eyes, and the people around him are trying to take his eyes because they have none, and the guy is saying "It's always 'gimme gimme gimme' with you people!". See, that's funny, and he doesn't need more than one panel to tell it. There are about a million of those. And then there are a couple of comics that are a couple pages long, like the one about Mr. Beeples the 3-inch-high pie-maker that sometimes has sex with rodents, and the little boy that follows Mr. Beeples around, begging for pies. You see, Sam Henderson and I have some things in common, like how we think stupid things are "funny because it's true". He wrote a page long comic of a guy describing in great detail his entire day BEFORE going to see a movie, when asked how the movie was by a friend. Ha ha ha! It's funny because we all know someone just like this!
Basically, this book is just hilarious and if you are like me and Mr. Henderson, and have a weird and twisted sense of humor, then you will enjoy keeping it by your bed and reading about asses in boxes, and monkeys on fire, and people getting stupid ideas from television. Go out and buy Humor Can Be Funny! or any Magic Whistle comics by Sam Henderson, because this man is just a walking Albert Einstein.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

The Golden Age of D.C. Comics - 365 Days

The Golden Age of D.C. Comics - 365 Days by Les Daniels, Chip Kidd, and Geoff Spear
Though it's not completely a comic (some of it is writing and talking about comics), this book is pretty amazing. My friend Juliana gave it to me for my birthday, unaware of how psyched I would be when I opened it. Each page is a different panel of a comic and a written explanation of who made it, why they were important, or any other interesting information about the comic. I personally thought this book is pretty amazing, showing really beautiful artwork, from the 30s to the 50s. If you're interested in the history of comics then go out and buy this book.

Action Girl #2

Action Girl #2 featuring: Elizabeth Watasin, Sarah Dyer, Patty Leidy, Leanne Franson, Chantale Doyle, and more!
This anthology of comics is hilarious. There are quite a few different stories in it and each of them is pretty great. Some are really short, some a little longer, but they all have art that is either really amazing or really adorable. The stories are also very funny and some are really beautifully drawn. Definitely check out Action Girl when you get a chance; I think it has great potential.

PAPER CUTTER by Kazimir Strzepek, Liz Prince, Bwana Spoons

Papercutter (issue 5) by Kazimir Strzepek, Liz Prince, Bwana Spoons
Papercutter is a comic with three comics in it. The first of the three is drawn by Kazimir Strzepek, and it takes place on a different planet where there is a rivalry between the northenders and the east. The art by Strzepek is amazing and the story is very funny too. The next story is drawn by Liz Prince, and of course, it's very... Liz Prince-y. The art is cute and it shows Liz meeting Kevin, a friend's friend, and crushing on him. That's really it, but it's really adorable and the usual kind of Liz Prince stuff. The final story is by Bwana Spoons and it shows 3 friends having a tea party discussing a vampire bat and all the stuff they heard about him. It's really hilarious and the stuff they say just keeps getting more and more ridiculous. The art is also really lovely and well done. I suggest you go out and buy any books that you kind find by any of the three artists, and read them right away.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

MoCCA, Gmail, etc.

OK so today I went to MoCCA and it was AWESOME. I got a bunch of new comics to review so that's good. I FINALLY made a Gmail account because blogger wouldn't let me post otherwise. And... IT'S SUMMER! Summer=more reading, more posting, etc. so that's good too. You can expect a bunch of posting this summer.

Reasons Why MoCCA was Awesome:

-I met all these awesome people (including Jeffrey Brown, Alec Longstreth, Charlito from ISR, and more)
-Lotsa comics
-Lotsa free stuff
-Lotsa awesomeness in general


Monday, January 22, 2007

Gulag Comics

Check out these funny comic strips! Here's the URL:

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Fantastic Butterflies by James Kochalka

Fantastic Butterflies takes place in a world that seems normal at first, until you see a time machine in the middle of the street. There are quite a few stories going on during the book. One story is about James, another story about Amy and Josh, another story about New Guy, and yet another about a friend of James and Amy who has cancer. Towards the end of the book, a bunch of them are out dancing and encounter a "cancer robot" who is so mean that Amy and Josh decide to beat him up... and then invite him to dance with them. The whole book leads up to James Kochalka's philosophy that life is generally silly and even though it gives you bad stuff sometimes, it also gives you happiness. And Jason X-12, who is depressed throughout the book, should just learn that life is meant to be crazy so he should start being crazy along with it. This book is truly good and I think that the philosophy is one of the most truthful philosophies I’ve heard. I think everyone reading this should quit spending all day online reading reviews when you could be reading this book!

Friday, December 22, 2006


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Saturday, November 18, 2006

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

Ok so I'm gonna start off by saying to go out and buy this book RIGHT NOW. You don't even have to read a review to know it's awesome. So when you get back, I'll give you a review.

OK good.

American Born Chinese is 3 stories that intertwine in the craziest ways. One of the stories is about a Chinese-American boy named Jin Wang who just wants to fit in in a new town where he has very few friends. The next story is about the Monkey King (from an old Chinese fable) who is king of the monkeys but wants to be a god. The last story it about an American boy named Danny, who is a regular kid with a lot of friends. But every year, his cousin Chin-Kee comes to visit and ruins his life. Chin-Kee is the worst possible Chinese stereotype. Every year, after Chin-Kee comes to visit, Danny switches to a new school to run away from the embarrassment. If I told you anymore about each of these stories it might give away the insane way that they intertwine. This book is funny, clever, and actually teaches some Chinese culture. If you don't read this you would be missing out. Seriously, I mean you're already holding the book in your hands. You did go out and buy it when I told you to, didn't you? Good, then read it. It's amazing.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Missouri Boy by Leland Myrick

Missouri Boy by Leland Myrick

Missouri Boy is a poetic memoir about two twins growing up in Missouri. He writes about the joys of childhood... paper airplanes, bottle rockets and fireworks, and swimming in your underwear. He then writes of the bad experiences such as being peed on by his friends and watching his older brother being sentenced to 10 years in prison. We then see him as a young adult, hanging off rooftops and working at a hospital. This book has great art and writing and is a quick read so you should definately get it.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Little White Mouse by Paul Sizer

I'm on Pulse!!! Read my review of Little White Mouse by Paul Sizer at:;f=36;t=005532

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Will You Still Love Me If I Wet The Bed by Liz Prince

Will You Still Love Me If I Wet the Bed is a cute and hilarious little comic about Liz Prince's relationship with a guy named Kevin. Each page is it's own snippet of her life and something funny or interesting that happened (kind of like Kochalka's comics of the day). If you are a comedy-loser like me, this book will make you wish you had a sense of humor and maybe even add a spark of life to your dull, gray lives. You should definately read this book and I promise that you will laugh at each and every page.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

AEIOU by Jeffrey Brown

Hey all! Sorry I haven't posted in a while...I've been so busy with summer reading for school and making my own comics on my LiveJournal. Well, here's my review of Jeffrey Brown's "Any Easy Intimacy" or "AEIOU":

Blogger won't let me upload this picture so go to the following site to view the cover of this book:

Any Easy Intimacy is about Jeffrey Brown's experience with a girl named Sophia who he dates. It was really funny and I laughed for long periods of time (I'm not going to say "hours" because that's not true but yes, at least 10 minutes) over almost every page. I thought that the transitions between scenes could have been more clear, though. I also thought it was cool how each page was only two panels but he still managed to tell a great story, so be sure to read Any Easy Intimacy.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Blankets by Craig Thompson

Blankets by Craig Thompson

Blankets is about Craig Thompson as a child and entering adulthood. He writes about first love, guilt, and religion. Thompson shows the reader his life as a teen and child: being bullied in school, not being a good enough older brother to his younger brother, Phil, but he also shows he and Phil connecting through art and their own imaginations. You watch as he meets a girl named Raina and learns about her family: soon-to-be divorced parents, a snobby older sister and two adopted, mentally challenged older siblings. We also watch as he explores the Christian religion and wonders about what to do when he "grows up". This book has amazing art, great writing and perfectly captures the life of the author. It's the only 582 page book that seemed to go by too quickly, so you better buy it...or I won't be your friend anymore.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Quicken Forbidden by Dave Roman and John Green

Quicken Forbidden written by Dave Roman, Illustrated by John Green

A cross between "Harry Potter" and "Labyrinth", Quicken Forbidden is a series of comics about a girl named Jax Epoch who believes in magic and discovers a portal to another dimension. She realizes she is being watched by scientists and is also simultaneously living her life while telling her story in another dimension's court (woah!)! Though I don't usually enjoy fantasy, I absolutely loved reading these comics. With awesome artwork, a fascinating storyline, and surprises around every corner, these comics are for fantasy-lovers or just comic appreciators.

Saturday, July 08, 2006


My awesomeness strays from blogger.


Tuesday, July 04, 2006

I'm Not A Slacker, I'm just Lazy

As some of you know, I am going to be writning for the Pulse this summer (reviews and interviews).
Below is a list of books that I am too lazy to review and/or will be reviewing for The Pulse that I think you will enjoy:

Goodbye Chunky Rice -- Craig Thompson
I Never Liked You -- Chester Brown
Perfect Example -- Jon Porcellino
Teenagers From Mars -- Rick Spears and Rob G.
Spiral Bound -- Aaron Renier
Buddah (1) -- Osamu Tezuka
Hate (11) -- Peter Bagge

If you would like to know more about these books, you can email me at

I am currently reading and will soon be reviewing:

The Playboy -- Chester Brown
Scott Pilgrim (1) -- Bryan Lee O'Malley
Cola Madnes -- Gary Panter
Amy and Jordan -- Mark Beyer

Monday, June 26, 2006

Camera Trouble


I don't have the thing to attach my camera to my computer so you will notice that some posts do not have pictures of the books. When I find that thing, I will attach the camera and put on the picture. Thanks for being so patient!


Phase 7 #003

Alec Longstreth wrote about the story of him and his friend GCB going on a road trip together and taking a scenic route back home. It's full of some of the funniest things you'll ever read. They make a plan called Plan 9 because it has nine steps on how to get back home. They end up not following the plan and having crazy adventures in many different places. My favorite part of this comic was that each person had a different barcode on their forehead which was really cool (sort of showing that everyone is different). This book (and the other Phase 7s) are hilarious and you should definately read them. Check out Alec's website:


Sunday, June 25, 2006

OMG! I Heart Becky!!! by Lauren R. Weinstein

This is a collection of funny comics by Lauren R. Weinstein. It's fun to read, short, and filled with awesome art. The drawings and hilarious stories go together perfectly, with funny characters and interesting dialogues. There's not much else for me to say but: way to go, Lauren!

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Quit Your Job by James Kochalka

Quit Your Job by James Kochalka

Quit Your Job is about a man and his cat who decide that the man should quit his job and they should go on an adventure to the north pole. The guy finds a "magic ring" but realizes that he doesn't need magic to live a great life. He also explores his philosophy of life and decides that quitting your job isn't the best way to live. When his cat wins an essay contest and is the first cat to fly in a spaceship to the moon, he becomes lonely and empty. This book has great art and a cute, sad story and it will make you cry...I promise.

BumperBoy Loses His Marbles! by Debbie Huey

BumperBoy Loses His Marbles! By Debbie Huey

BumperBoy Loses His Marbles is about BumperBoy who loses his marbles right before the marbles tournament and must find them in time. He finds out that his arch nemesis, Frederik, had purposely made him lose the marbles and has stolen his Grandma's shooter (which BumperBoy was counting on to help him win!) At the beginning of the book, Frederik trips BumperBoy which makes all of his marbles roll into a "borp hole" which is a tunnel to many different places. BumperBoy and his dog, BumperPup, must go through the borp hole and try to find all his marbles in time for the tournament, and then win back his Grandma's shooter from Frederik! With Alison Cole-like drawings and a funny and cute plot, BumperBoy Loses HIs Marbles is an awesome book which is worth giving a read.

Tough Love High School Confidential by Abby Denson

Tough Love High School Confidential by Abby Denson

Abby Denson's newest graphic novel, Tough Love, is about a 16 year old named Brian who doesn't like most girls. He doesn't know what he likes until he meets Chris, who is gay and has a crush on Brian. Chris helps Brian realize that he too is gay and that he shouldn't be ashamed to tell his mother or anyone else. Chris and Brian and their classmate Julie end up being great friends, especially when she dumps her boyfriend because he doesn't like gay people. With cool art and funny characters, Denson creates an awesome book about friendship and love.

American Elf by James Kochalka

American Elf by James Kochalka

I will start off by saying: This book is brilliant. Kochalka has written and is still writing a strip every day of his life since 1998. The point of the project was to capture a portrait of his life by writing about one little experience that happened that day. This book is filled with his "comic du jours" (as I like to call them) from October 26, 1998 until December 31, 2003! As I said in an earlier review, I like to look through people's private stuff and be very nosy. That's another reason why this book is so great. While reading this book, you will be living James Kochalka's life with him and experiencing how he felt going through his life. American Elf will make you laugh, cry, smile and enjoy an awesome book, so go read it! NOW!

Saturday, June 10, 2006


Sorry I haven't been posting lately (I've been pretty caught up with school) but now that school's almost over, I'll be posting again soon (I'll start on tuesday the 13). Thanks for being so patient!

Thursday, June 01, 2006

SweaterWeather by Sara Varon

SweaterWeather by Sara Varon

Filled with funny short stories, cut-out dolls, postcards, and more, this book is definitely awesome. All the characters and scenarios take place in the winter, hence the title "SweaterWeather". One of the stories was an exercise of Varon's where each panel corresponded to it's respective letter of the alphabet (the first panel started with an A, the second with a B etc.) Another story was about a snowman who drank hot cocoa, smoked, played cards, and skated, and eventually caught fire and melted from his own cigarette. This book has funny stories and cute drawings and you should definitely read it.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Crazy Papers by Jim Dougan and Danielle Corsetto

Crazy Papers by Jim Dougan and Danielle Corsetto

Do you know what crazy papers are? They are signs that homeless people hold up that say things like "Nixon FBI Aliens Kidnapped My Baby" or the more common "Will Eat for Food". Melanie, a workaholic, Amanda, a Hollywood resident searching for love in Georgetown, Patrick McGillicuddy, a psycho who proposes to Amanda the day after he meets her, and many more characters get into a wacky scenario involving a suitcase that no one is allowed to open. Corsetto's hilarious drawings and Dougan's crazy conversations create an awesome book that you should definitely read. You can find out more about it at a website coming soon:
You can buy copies of this book from Jim Dougan at his email:

Some Sites

and (he posted about me!)

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Nothing By C. Hollow

This is the first issue of a series of mini comics by C. Hollow about Captain Hollow and Sweet Nothing. They are two people (husband and wife) who talk about their lives and their pasts. Captain Hollow "searches for the feeling of life" and thinks about his family and what everything is. The comic basically talks about his philosophy of life all together. I think it's a very interesting comic and the art is really cool. I'll post back about this when I've read the second issue.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

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Sunday, April 30, 2006

Brian Cronin

Check out Brian Cronin's site for my latest review of Guts and Ralph.

Brian's site:

For now,

Here are some pictures from the Rocketship party yesterday!

Girl Stories by Lauren R. Weinstein

Girl Stories by Lauren R. Weinstein

This is a book about a girl in eighth grade who still plays with barbies and wants popular friends. The book shows her dealing with guy problems, friend problems, and other stuff, like getting her belly button pierced. I loved this book a lot because I can relate to some of that stuff, like when I went through a Polly Pockets phase in the fifth grade. Also, this book is like reading Lauren's journal and I like being nosy and looking through other people's lives. Anyway, if you like personal books with cool art and writing, then definately buy this book. Plus, I got it signed by THE LAUREN WEINSTEIN and she was really awesome. Read it.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Greta Year 1

In order to celebrate my 1 year anniversary, I've decided to make a video post. Wait 20 seconds for it to load.

Video Blog Post

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Opposable Thumbs by Dean Haspiel

Opposable Thumbs by Dino a.k.a. Dean Haspiel

This book is made up of short comics about Dean's life: Proud Flesh, Sh**-F**k-P*ss Karate!, Chasing Soho, Burnt Umber, Minding Millie, and Rubulad. He tells the reader about growing up, being addicted to crack, looking for a place to live, making art, death, roomates, getting naked, and much more. What I most learned from this book that I never knew before about Dean, is that he's been in pain for so much of his life. I will never look at him the same way again.


Friday, April 14, 2006

Her Beauty Touches Everything, Have Faith, To My Sweetheart

Her Beauty Touches Everything
Have Faith
To my Sweetheart

(All books by Louis XXX)

The pages are filled with beautiful poetry, line after line about how much he loves his girlfriend. "I like everything better when it's reflected in her eyes" he says. There aren't many drawings, but there are prints of pieces of paper with his own handwriting against a colorful design of his own making. These books are really great and fast to read. They don't have a plot but they don't need one. I hope you guys get a chance to read these books...they're really hard to track down, but they can be bought at Blue Tree, 1283 Madison Avenue.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

The Power Pack and The Amazing Spider-Man

Boy 1: "Your body belongs to you, and you have a right to decide how and when any one touches you!"
Boy 2: "If somebody tries to touch you in ways that don't feel good or seem right, SAY NO!"
Girl 1: "Yeah, and be sure to tell somebody too!"
Girl 2: "And don't forget, if the first person you tell doesn't believe you, keep telling until you find someone who does!"
Spiderman: "And remember, if this happens, it's not your fault! Just come to me and we can cuddle!"


Actually, I added in that last sentence that Spiderman says.

I thought that this was kind of funny when I first saw it. © 1984 Marvel Comics Group

Hey Guys!


Monday, April 03, 2006

Every Girl Is The End Of The World For Me


Every Girl Is The End Of The World For Me by Jeffery Brown

I just finished reading this book and though I don't know much of his work I think it was excellent. I have read some of his book with James Kochalka called "Conversation", and I thought that was only decent in comparison. But I especially loved EGITEOTWFM because it showed his relationships with many different girls and at the beginning he has a "Guide to Girls" that shows and explains who all of the girls in the book are. I also liked how instead of having chapters he wrote a date (for instance, Tuesday, December 30) and then would continue with what happened on that day. I liked the epilogue because it showed 1 year later from the rest of the book. The one thing that I didn't like was the abrupt ending because it shows that he didn't change at all throuhout the course of the book, but on the other hand that was a good thing because it didn't have a "happy ending" like other books. Overall, it was a really fantastic book.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

The Dvorak 'Zine

The Dvorak Zine

The Dvorak 'Zine by Alec Longstreth, Michael Cardiff, and Gabe Carleton-Barnes

The Dvorak 'Zine is an awesome book that explains a different typing method called "Dvorak". In fact, I'm typing in Dvorak right now. Dvorak is just a different keyboard layout that anyone can set their computer to. My favorite character is Alec because he is like me (he gets angry easily as you can see I do from my little outburst with that guy on Brian Cronin's blog in my last post). It's funny how Alec keeps coming back after the chapter that he narrarates to yell about how annoying QWERTY is. (Qwerty is the keyboard layout that most people use these days). I also like the other characters (Frunch and GCB) because when you put all three characters in one book together, they compliment the other characters since they are all different. If I were to change one thing about this 'zine I would make it longer because it's so good that I didn't want to stop reading it. If you're looking for a really good 'zine that's short, but has a really good argument, then go buy yourself a copy of The Dvorak 'Zine!

Wednesday, December 21, 2005


Brian Cronin wrote a blog post about my site a while back which I just discovered. First of all, thank you for your praise, Brian. Second of all, here is what he said:

These Reviews Are Good - Greta's Book Reviews
Alex (proprietor of Rocketship, which, as I mentioned awhile back, you should be sure to check out if you're in the Brooklyn area) pointed out this cool blog, and I think it is worth passing it on to you folks.

Greta's Book Reviews contains very articulate, to the point, reviews of a variety of comic books by an young woman who happens to shop at Alex's store, demonstrating that there ARE some smart adolescent readers out there.

Well worth giving a read!

Here was a comment from a (h)anus man:

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't call those reviews articulate. I had to stop reading them because of the writing.

Here is my reply that I wish I posted on Brian’s site. Enjoy!

Dear Anonymous,
I am the author of those reviews and though I'm not "articulate" enough for you, I'm pretty damn articulate for an eleven year old. And besides, your a smelly douche bag!
Much Love,
Your Eleven Year Old Assasin

P.S. I might kill you tonight.
P.P.S. Since you seem to like people to go into depth about things, let me be more ARTICULATE! I will go to your house. I will then TAKE OUT A SAMURAI SWORD. I will then SLAUGHTER you. I will then leave taking all evidence of the murder with me. Thank you for taking the time to read my ARTICULATE comment.

Now, here's what I did post:

Dear Anonymous,
I am the author of those reviews and I'm sorry if I'm not articulate enough for you but I'm eleven years old! Give me a break! But I am really writing to tell you that you could have been more ARTICULATE (ever hear of that word before?) in your comment by telling me how I was inarticulate. Well, it doesn't matter because you're probably just some 60 year old man who doesn't have anything better to do with your life than post comments on blogs and imdb.

Much Love,

Monday, November 21, 2005



Runaways by Brian Vaughan

This a really good book about 6 kids who find out that their parents are all super villains and try to runaway. Though they succeed, their parents outsmart them and one of the kids is a mole that is staying loyal to the parents. The story grows intense with the stress of growing up, romance, and of course, having evil parents. The kids must overcome their parents and figure out who the mole is in this "coming of age" story. Yes that was very cheesy. Thank you. Read the book. You'll be happy.

Sketchbook Party


Sketchbook Party by Allison Cole

Yet another cute Allison Cole book! Though there wasn't a plot, it was interesting reading about Allison Cole's feelings and thoughts in her sketchbook. It's a cute, quick read and if you're looking for something personal, then it's for you. I recommend this book to anybody who likes to butt into other peoples lives. Just kidding... but not really.

by the way... i'm quitting the whole shoot it or kaboot it thing, it was too confusing but in case you were wondering...shoot it was good kaboot it was bad.


I'd like to apologize for not posting lately what with school and such but I will be back at it soon, there's a 6 day break coming up!


Love, greta

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Neverending Summer


Here's my review:

Neverending Summer by Allison Cole

Neverending Summer is about the author, Allison Cole's summer. It's about her problems, parties, friends, etc. It's practically her life during the summer and it's funny at times and depressing at other times. It's a great book with awesome drawings and storylines. I recommend it to anyone who likes to stick their noses in other peoples lives. I also recommend it to people who don't like to stick their noses in other people's lives but do know an awesome book when they see one.

Shoot it or kaboot it? Shoot it.

Friday, October 07, 2005

Stress Mess


Here's my review:

Stress Mess by Allison Cole

Stress Mess is a 14 page, tiny book by one of my favorite graphic novelists. It is about her and a ghost that haunts her room. It's funny and cute and great when you want a short and sweet read. I recommend this book to anyon who likes short books and/or the author Allison Cole.

Here's my new way of rating books:
Shoot it or kaboot it?

Shoot it!

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Robin Year One


Here's my review:

Robin Year One by Chuck Dixon

Robin Year One was the third graphic novel I ever read (I reread it today). It's a great book, about Robin and Batman and Harvey Dent (and other villains). I couldn't stop reading it and I read it in one sitting. I thought it was really eerie when Harvey Dent flips his coin because it’s so suspenseful. If I say much more I’ll give it away, but I hope you read it and like it as much as I did.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Emily's Book of Strange


Here's my review:

Emily's Book of Strange by Rob Reger and Buzz Parker

I liked this book better than the book I reviewed below this. It's a good book about Emily the Strange. There's no story, it just talks about Emily. If I had to describe this book in one word I would say "Strange". I hope you read this book and like it as much as I did. "Get strange or get lost"!

Emily the Strange Chairman of the Bored


Here's my review:

Emily the Strange Chairman of the Bored by Rob Reger, Brian Brooks, Jessica Gruner, and Buzz Parker

This book is short (very short) stories about Emily the Strange. It's an interesting book, but when I bought it I thought it was a real graphic novel, not just a bunch of short stories. I liked it. I don't know, it was short, cute, funny, but not my type of thing. I couldn't really tell what was happening at times. You'll have to decide for yourself whether you like it or not. Give it a try. Maybe you'll like it more than I did!

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

The Tao of Pooh


Here's my review:

The Tao Of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff

Just so you know, this book review is the only one that is not a graphic novel. It's a real book with mostly just words. But I had to make an exception because it's just such a good book. It's using Winnie the Pooh to explain Taoism, and using Taoism to explain Winnie the Pooh. I just had to mention it because I loved this book!

Superman for all Seasons


Here's my review:

Superman for all Seasons by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale

This book starts out with Clark Kent's adopted dad remebering when Clark was a baby in a rocket ship. Now, Clark has just graduated from high school, and discovering that he has powers. The book is called Superman for all Seasons because there is four chapters; Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. I really loved this book because before reading it I knew how Superman ended up on earth, but I didn't know about his childhood and growing up in Kansas with his friends, Lana and Pete, and his parents, Jonathan and Martha. I hope that you read this book before you read any other Superman books so that you can know about Superman a little bit before reading lots of books about him. I loved this book and hope you will too!

Ghost World


Here's my review:

Ghost World by Daniel Clowes

Ghost World is the story of two best friends who just got out of high school and decide not to go to college. It's a great book, but don't see the movie first because in the movie it's a totally different plot. I thought that this book was amazing because instead of showing them as the stereotypical "two peas in a pod" they were the type of friends that could be mean to each other and know it was a joke. There was nothing that I disliked about this book, and I hope you read it and like it, too. Enjoy!

Monday, August 29, 2005

Hulk vs Superman


Here's my review:

The Incredible Hulk vs Superman by Roger Stern and Steve Rude

The Incredible Hulk vs. Superman is mostly one big flashback of Superman's, of when he fought the Incredible Hulk. I liked this book a lot, especially since it was the first time I had ever read Superman. The only thing I don't recommend is this: I didn't like that this was the first Superman I had ever read because it was confusing to me not knowing the characters and everything. But besides that, I think it was a great book and if you like both the Hulk and Superman, than this is the perfect book for you.

Friday, August 26, 2005

The Long Halloween


Here's my review:

The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale

The Long Halloween is a mystery about how every holiday a member of the Roman family is killed by an unidentified man or woman called "holiday". When I first picked up this book I wasn't into Batman at all, but my brother said that if I read a little bit I would like it. So I read the first five pages and then I couldn't stop reading. One of my favorite things about this book is that there are so many villians who could be holiday and you have no idea until you put everything together at the end. I also liked how everytime Batman confronts the Roman, Catwoman shows up and helps him (even though she's a villain). However, I didn't like that everytime it showed a member of the Roman family it would say who they were in the exact same words as it did the last time it showed them. It just got kind of boring. But besides that, I really loved this book, and it made me a lot more interested in Batman and all of the villains' origins. I hope that you read it and like it as much as I did.

Monday, August 15, 2005

Rocket Ship


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Pinky and Stinky


Here's my review:

Pinky and Stinky by James Kochalka

Here's the story. I was at Rocket Ship, an awesome comic book store in Brooklyn, and I was looking for a good book to read. Since I'm already a huge fan of James Kochalka, I decided to read Pinky and Stinky. It's about these two pigs: Pinky and Stinky. Pinky is sort of the smart one, and Stinky is sort of the dumb one. They are on a mission in space to go to Pluto, but they land on the moon by accident. They encounter a mean human astronaut, the moon king, and the moon king's daughter, the princess who loves them both and calls them her "cuties". The moon king captures them and throws them in a hole, one thing leads to another, and they completely forget about their mission. It's great art and writing, and I loved this book. I hope you can read it and love it as much as I did.



Here's my review:

Dolltopia by Abby Denson

This book is a short, cute book about dolls. Kitty, a doll that is supposed to be in love with Soccer Scotty and living in a fanstasy home, decides that she wants to make her own decisions. To not have to live the life that is already planned out for her. She and an Army Jim doll decide to go to dolltopia, a place where dolls can be who they want to be. They change the way they look with a quick stop at the sewing basket, and set off for dolltopia. If you're looking for a book that's short and sweet, this is the perfect book. The moral that this book teaches is that you should be able to choose what you want to be and not what everyone wants you to be. I recommend this book to anyone and everyone.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Maus I and II


Here's my review:

Maus 1 and Maus 2 by Art Speigleman

If you like great art and great writing, than these are the books for you. These books are the story of the holocoste as told by Vladek Speigleman. Outside of that, there are sections of the book that take place now, of Art going over to his fathers house to ask him more questions, and of both of their lives in the present time. It's a true story and there's amazing drawings to go with it. It was the first graphic novel I ever remember reading and I loved it then and I love it now. I hope that you read it! Enjoy!

Hulk Gray


Hulk Gray

This is an amazing book. The reason it’s called “Hulk Gray” is for a few reasons. The number one reason is that this story is the origin of the Hulk, and when he started out, he wasn’t green, he was gray. Also, The Hulk is not a villain or a hero, he’s in between, like gray, between black and white; vague. The last reason (that I can think of) that it’s called Hulk Gray is because the drawings in the book work like this: The flash-backs (practically the whole book) are all color, and the present (the beginning and end section) which is the shrinks office are only black and white.
Basically this book is the origin of the Hulk, being told by Bruce Banner (the Hulk) to his pshychiatrist. I really enjoyed this book and I hope that if you read it you will too.

Courtney Crumrin Tales: A Portrait of the Warlock as a Young Man


Here's my review:

This book is a prequel to the Courtney Crumrin Tales comic books, about her mother, Alice, and her father, Aloysius. It's an amazing book, and if you're looking for a quick read, it's only 50 pages! I read it in about 7 minutes straight, it's amazing. At the beginning of the book you'll think: this is kinda weird, but once you're a couple pages in you can't stop reading. It makes even more sense if you've already read some of the Courtney Crumin Tales comic book, but it still makes sense other than that. All you really need to know if you haven't read any of the comic books is this: Courtney Crumrin is a witch and she reminds me of Emily the Strange a bit, but she's cooler, and....her mom's name is Alice.