WHY DO I LOVE THIS SO MUCH?! This is the weirdest, strangest, funniest, saddest, most thoughtful book I have read in a while. The art is perfection. The story, while in the realm of the fantastic, is ridiculously believable. I love this. Read it. Let the chaos in. Is this burning...an eternal...flaaammmmeee?
This book is fantastic and you should read it. I didn't know what exactly I was getting into when I picked it up--it turned out to be a beautifully drawn and organized graphic novel full of layers and depth, appropriate for all ages, and very NightValean indeed, which was a wonderful surprise. 💜 #wtnv
P.S. This library book is quite dirty but it's NOT MY FAULT
Hey, friendos! I REALLY 😉 love this book! Hot DAMN it's so fantastic. I won't be able to use many frames for the #speechbubblechallenge both bc most sentences run for multiple frames AND bc no one should have this beautiful book spoiled for them, but I'm gonna go ahead and tag this frame with my #amazement at how great a simple little frame like this can be. #letsgetgraphicweeklongmarathon
Weird, silly. Interesting artwork. Until the beard showed up, that town was mighty boring!
#Hairthereandeverywhere - I have seen others posting about this graphic novel for today's prompt, but I had to go with it as well.
A man wakes up one day and finds hair on his chin, which normally is very smooth. No matter how much he shaves, the beard just keeps on growing. This GN tells a story about fitting in or being different, all done in black and white illustrations.
#AndItsAugust Day 4 - Hair There and Everywhere
Dave lives in a society where sameness, orderliness, and tidiness are the norm. Everyone dresses the same, wears their hair the same, but underneath it all is deep repression of individuality. Until one day, Dave's facial hair starts growing uncontrollably. Despite all attempts to trim it or contain it, the beard keeps growing and growing. This one man's unplanned protest has far-reaching effects.
#FeistyFeb Day 22 - ALL THE FEELS
Maybe it's the spare words and simplistic illustration, the overt scenes of injustice, or the social allegory that extends throughout the text - but every time I read this graphic novel I have so many feels!
I loved this graphic novel #setonanisland. On the Island of Here everyone look the same and nobody sticks out. Until one day were Dave starts to grow a beard which won't stop growing. So much fun, and kinda creepy aswell.
No-Shave November has arrived! I'm planning on indulging on a few particular hairy readings. My picks for this month are:
The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil by Stephen Collins, and
The Bearded Lady by Sharlee Dieguez.
I didn't find any books that would directly help the No-Shave or Movember cause but willing to help spread awareness in any way I can.
#NoShaveNovember #Movember #DropTheRazor
#Booktober Day 23 - Favorite graphic novel
Drawn in spare b&w, this is the story of a man who lives in "Here", a land where life is orderly and all people are the same, including all men being clean-shaven. When Dave's facial hair begins growing uncontrollably, the reactions by his community take strong and unexpected turns, illustrating the importance of conformity to social norms in Here. It's a beautifully touching allegory for nonconformity.
I just used my dye-sinking-in time at the hairdresser's to finish up this gem of a graphic novel. Its simple, Burtonesque illustrations and unique story fit so well together. Kernels of wisdom like the one above are peppered throughout. It's a lot of fun and a quick read while still giving you so much to think about. Read it!
Finally, a moment to read! I had to bail on the Backman book I was reading for now because I haven't had time to read even a page in over a week. 😭 I'm starting up this graphic novel because it's fun and light and I am drowning in work and housework and literally all of the stress ever 😩
#SeptPhotoChallenge Day 28 - Maps in Books
Two of my favorite books have maps in them. The map in GIGANTIC BEARD is within the graphic novel itself, and the map from THE MONSTERS OF TEMPLETON is on the endpapers. Both are important to their respective stories. #somethingforsept #maps
"And with change, came fear. And with fear, came blame. Soon everyone had their very own name ... for the dread. And, ultimately, what is the act of naming, but a special kind ... of tidying away?" I read this last night, and that last sentence has been in my head all day.
After reading for about 4 hours last night, I was able to complete one book and jump into a new one. I read about 20 pages of The Gigantic Beard before I crashed for the night. Of course a dinner of pizza and beer was probably the wrong choice for food to help me stay energized for the #24in48 readathon 🍕🍺 I'm starting off my morning with a breakfast sandwich and coffee while I continue this graphic novel. 😄
Friend loaned me this one for my son to read. I haven't read a graphic novel in a while. Should I read this before I pass it on?