One Year at Ellsmere by Faith Erin Hicks

Another book I read back in April…
I’m pretty sure that this is a book I had read previously and that this was a new edition. Or maybe a compilation? I wasn’t exactly sure but I knew I’d read at least some of it. Maybe this new edition had new artwork? I don’t know. But I did like this story set at a boarding school. There are mean people scheming, new girl fitting it, maybe a supernatural element? Tabby bought it (She bought a whole lot of new gn’s for her personal collection this spring, which give me lots to read and reread) so I can reread it even again if I want to 🙂

Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks

I was so excited for this release today! I went to the bookstore and treated myself to it and came home and promptly read it in one sitting. (the only disappointment here is that I wish it was long, even though the story perfectly suited the length.)
This is a bit of graphic novel dream pairing for me and ever since it was announced I’ve been eagerly awaiting this.
I really, really enjoyed everything about this: the charming pumpkin patch setting, the clever chapter titles, the fudge nicknames, how the characters are drawn, the snacks, and how you could see the characters realizing things just by their eyes.
Perfect timing-a treat to read on the brink of fall.
And now I just have to hope for a sequel showing Josiah and Deja in college!

Comics Will Break Your Heart by Faith Erin Hicks

I really like Faith Erin Hicks’s graphic novels so I was pretty excited to read this–even though it has not one single comic in it! and is about comics! I thought this was terrific and I hope she continues to write both graphic novels and traditional novels because she’s clearly talented at both.

This is set in a small town in Novia Scotia and apparently it is a rural small town. When they talk about leaving to go to Toronto it’s a really big deal, which was very interesting to me.
The set up is that the girl comes from a loving quirky family with an artistic mother. Her maternal grandfather helped create superheroes  that became huge and popular. Basically her grandpa was the Jack Kirby to Stan Lee. What was really neat about this book was how she inserted this fictional empire into our current actual society. For example, talking about a film being made out of the superheroes and basically it’s like the Avengers franchise, but I wouldn’t say it’s a “thinly veiled Avengers” because they actually mention Marvel and the Avengers.

Of course the cool LA boy who is sent to her town for the summer  and with whom she has a connection turns out to be the grandson of the other person who created the superheroes. Except his family retained the rights and made a fortune and are rich and famous, while hers scrapes by because her grandpa wasn’t fairly treated.

I very much enjoyed the talk about comics, the realistic coming of age stuff, and the budding romance.

The Divided Earth by Faith Erin Hicks

I couldn’t wait for this trilogy finale to arrive and when it did it took me weeks to getting around to reading it! And not only that, as usual with a trilogy, I couldn’t remember what had happened in books one and two. Given that each book is a not too long graphic novel I really should have read them first (but now I might go back and read all three at once.) I guess it’s a testament to how good these books are that even not fully remembering the backstory I still felt invested in the outcome and still enjoyed the book.
I guess if I were to leave a quick plot summary to help my future self it would be–the final fight for control of the Nameless City?
I thought this book had some particularly good action sequences. I don’t know if elaborate chases and fights are hard to draw, but it sure seems like they would be. After all, static illustrations need to convey running leaping kicking punching jumping wrestling etc. and these totally did.
I also appreciated an epilogue.