Book Review: Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

The following review will try to be as spoiler-free as possible about this book. Proceed with caution. Any major spoilers that may appear will be marked.

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Comic Review: ApocalytiGirl: An Aria for the End Times

It’s been just over a month since my last review, and I’ve read my way through several comics since then. One of my favorite one shots is Apocalytigirl: An Aria for the End Times.

41a4gvtwrhl-_sx331_bo1204203200_This comic caught my eye while wandering the stacks with its sparse yellow cover with a young woman and a cat. Plus anything having to do with a post-apocalyptic world is a fun read for me. A quick scan of the back cover made this an instant purchase for me:

“A sci-fi epic about a post apocalyptic life (and cat ownership)!”

I was sold on the idea of this comic already. Pet ownership has been a huge part of my life, and I’ve always wondered how that works in a world where danger is around the corner.

You might be thinking, “This sounds like I am Legend,” and I suppose you’d be kind of right? Minus the fact that I am Legend is horror, and this comic really isn’t that horrifying. Legend had a dog and Will Smith. Apocalytigirl has Aria and her cat. If you know anything about cats and dogs, they don’t interact with humans the same way.

Perhaps I’m thinking too much about this comic, but ultimately it’s asking an important question: Would you risk your own survival for a pet companion when you were alone in a world?

Aria risks her life for her cat. She goes to the places he hides when he’s scared, makes sure he’s safe at all costs. He provided her with interaction that she otherwise wouldn’t have had. It probably kept her sane. If/When she had the opportunity to return to civilization, would she leave her cat behind?

I wish there were more to this story. Andrew MacLean created an interesting world that I would love to explore beyond this singular comic. The ending leaves a lot up to interpretation and wonder. I appreciated the cat ownership bits and Aria’s daily survival. When she did get into trouble, suddenly the comic was hack-n-slash. I wanted more development overall, but I think for it being a singular story, it’s definitely something I can read and come away mostly satisfied.

I’d recommend this to anyone that has pets, talks to them like they are people and anyone that likes a quick read about a post apocalyptic life with a cat.


Pride 2017

The transcript of this video is below.

Navigating identity and self is a complex journey. For the first time since coming out, I attended Pride.

Being in Boston surrounded by friends, the community, and led by the survivors of Pulse made me proud, more so than ever before.

The community is resilient, persistent, loving and supportive. Despite the flaws, which exist in any group, overall everyone is proud and loud of our existence.

Four years ago I hadn’t given my identity a passing thought. Now it’s a huge aspect of who I am. But I’m more than queer. That is one line of my intersectionality. I’m Polynesian, a nerd, a gamer, a hard cider drinker, a daughter, a friend.

Who I am is layered and growing. I’m not sure what the next few years will have in store for me and my identity, but I’m excited to see what happens next.

And to continue living proudly with my community.

Comic Review: Kim & Kim

This comic sounds promising. The image below is a blurb on the back that caught my eye and made me add it to the pile I wanted to use a graduation gift card on.

18870431_1952434194782636_1254257532_oKim & Kim are queer interdimensional bounty hunters that travel in a space-modified VW van. Imagine if the Mystery Machine could fly, and you’ve basically got what they live and work in.

This buddy-cop comic, where instead of buddies the cops are significant others, is a wild ride with restaurant window crashing adventures and gun-wielding battles.

I picked up this comic because the diversity sounded awesome. Who wouldn’t want more queer and trans representation in a comic?

As much as I wanted to truly love this comic, I couldn’t get past the forced writing. Every section felt like it was forcing the character’s backstories down my throat while also maintaining the current bounty hunt. The two stories weren’t woven as cleanly and it made much of the writing feel cluttered. Or maybe more like a rollercoaster?

I couldn’t get attached to the characters and want to follow their story. Kim Q. and Kim D. have a lot to share about their lives and how they came to be a couple. But forcing all of that character backstory right away didn’t hook me. It made me less inclined to keep reading.

The story stopped and started a lot. We’d be on some bounty adventure, suddenly the characters would jump scenes and recount the battle, or what they woke up to. At points, I didn’t mind the change of scene that cut out the exposition. But I did want to know what happened further with those plots because the sudden jump cut seemed like a cop out.

The art is colorful and it’s great to see the punk clothing spliced in a space-western.

Don’t get me wrong. This is a fun comic overall with its Space!Cowboy Punk world. Maybe this comic isn’t my cup of tea, but I think the writing could be stronger and give us more depth to the characters than what was repeated in every chapter/issue.  Pick this up if you want to give it a shot and explore the diverse world created.