Mooncop by Tom Gauld

About

“Living on the moon . . . Whatever were we thinking? . . . It seems so silly now.”

The lunar colony is slowly winding down, like a small town circumvented by a new super highway. As our hero, the Mooncop, makes his daily rounds, his beat grows ever smaller, the population dwindles. A young girl runs away, a dog breaks off his leash, an automaton wanders off from the Museum of the Moon.


Stats

  • Hardcover 
  • 94 pages
  • Published September 20th 2016 by Drawn and Quarterly
  • Original TitleMooncop
  • ISBN1770462546 (ISBN13: 9781770462540)
  • Edition Language English

Awards

  • Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards Nominee for Best Graphic Album
  • Best Writer/Artist (for Tom Gauld), and Best Lettering (for Tom Gauld) (2017)

My Thoughts

This is tiny, and I mean really tiny melancholy story about a cop who lives in a now-defunct colony on the moon. Everyone is leaving the colony and heading for parts unknown. This leaves the cop with decreasingly less and less to do. Until he is almost the only person left… almost. I don’t want to give anything away about how this story ends up. However, the ending has a bittersweet tinge with a splash of hope. Perfect for the timbre of the story.

The artwork is simple and subdued. It is odd how it is drawn, almost so stark that you believe it to be the desolate land of the moon. I think if it had been drawn any other way, it would have been too fancy for this story. As it stands it is perfectly rendered to convey the almost ennui of the cop.

I recommend this. Plus, donuts play a bit of a roll so you can’t go wrong.


Procurement

I checked this out from the library.


About the Author

Tom Gauld is a cartoonist and illustrator. He draws a weekly cartoon for the Guardian newspaper and has created a number of comic books. He lives and works in London.

100 Question Tag – Part Three Questions 76 – 100 (OMG I am glad this is done)

I swear this is the last one. Yikes, this was a long Tag. Please forgive me for the monotony of this. But, for completion’s sake, this is the last bit of it.

I am not specifically tagging anyone but please feel free to go for it with this bunch of questions!


What’s your favorite color?
My favorite color is probably blue in all shades.

What’s your favorite dessert?
Probably Mexican flan. It is the perfect, pure desert.

What’s your favorite drink?
Manhattans. Or a good Gin and Tonic. I drink like a very old man.

What’s your favorite food?
Japanese food is the best. Give me sushi or Yaku Don any day.

What’s your favorite ethnic cuisine?
Again Japanese food.

What’s your favorite gadget?
My Ipad. Cannot live without it.

What’s your favorite hobby?
Gardening. It is a massive part of my life in the spring and summer months.

What’s your favorite movie?
The Matrix or maybe Kill Bill.

What’s your favorite restaurant?
Namaste in Portland Oregon. Indian Buffett.

What’s your favorite sandwich?
Pastrami sandwich with coleslaw.

What’s your favorite season?
Spring and summer.

What’s your favorite series?
Battlestar Galactica. Not the old one. SO SAY WE ALL.

What’s your favorite snack?
Nachos.

What’s your favorite sport to watch?
Sportsball?

What’s your favorite thing to have for breakfast?
Waffles.


What’s your full name?
Elizabeth R. Tabler

What’s your longest relationship so far?
11 Years this year.

What’s your lucky number?
eh…


What’s your star sign?
Cancer


When is your birthday?
July 1st.


Which city did you grow up in?
Las Vegas Nevada


Which city do you live in now?
Portland Oregon

Who do you miss right now?
I miss my family and friends in Las Vegas

Who is your celebrity crush?
Ryan Reynolds.

Who’s your favorite fictional character?
That is a toss-up between Ringil Eskiath and Hiro Protagonist.

Review of “Blue Is the Warmest Color” by Julie Maroh, Ivanka Hahnenberger (Translator)

“There is only love to save this world. Why would I be ashamed to love?”

Excerpt from Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh

About

Blue is the Warmest Color is a graphic novel about growing up, falling in love, and coming out. Clementine is a junior in high school who seems average enough: she has friends, family, and the romantic attention of the boys in her school. When her openly gay best friend takes her out on the town, she wanders into a lesbian bar where she encounters Emma: a punkish, confident girl with blue hair. Their attraction is instant and electric, and Clementine find herself in a relationship that will test her friends, parents, and her own ideas about herself and her identity.


Stats

  • Rating – 4 out of 5 stars
  • Paperback, 156 pages
  • Published September 3rd 2013 by Arsenal Pulp Press (first published April 1st 2010)
  • Original Title Le bleu est une couleur chaude
  • ISBN1551525143 (ISBN13: 9781551525143)
  • Edition Language English
  • Characters Clementine, Emma, Valentine

Awards

  • Prix du Festival d’Angoulême for Prix du public Fnac-SNCF (2011)
  • BDGest’Art for Meilleur Premier album (2010)

My Thoughts

“I want to do everything with you. 
Everything is possible in a lifetime. ”

Excerpt from Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh

I think that this is one of those important books that someone should read once in their life.

Just once.

It is too heart-rending to read more than once. This is a story of the hardness and softness of first love. How it can both shred your soul like tissue paper and leave you like a piece of hardened steel.

Le bleu est une couleur chaude Also known as Blue is the Warmest Color is about Clementine. A young girl at the start of the story, a 16-year-old junior and her fascination with Emma. Emma is everything that Clementine is not at the beginning: outgoing, sure of herself, and most importantly… out. They have instant electricity and start a sweet love affair that challenges Clementines preconceptions of herself and helps her become the person she wants to be.

Blue is the Warmest Color talks openly about the challenges of being a homosexual, and finding that love sends chills through your body. What I enjoyed and laud the author over is how she wrote the love story so openly and honestly. Oftentimes when reading about a gay or queer character it can get unauthentic and tropey. This isn’t.

“I can not feel anymore. 
I feel like I’m carrying light in my veins. 
All that happens to me has a name … Emma, ​​her name is Emma. ” 


Excerpt from Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh

Aside from the gorgeous writing, it is stunningly drawn. The scenes are crafted carefully with a limited color palette of grays and the single color blue. Most often found in Emma’s hair. Emma’s hair is almost a blue flame burning through each scene. You can tell why Clementine is so attracted to her. She lights up every room. There are quite a bit of sex scenes dealt with very honestly in this story. I appreciated it and I thought that it enhanced the love story between the two of them without detracting from the overall story. Some readers might not be comfortable with that level of open sex between two consenting adults. Just know that, unlike the movie, this isn’t pornlike. This is a loving depiction of a romantic couple expressing their passion for each other.

Highly recommended


Procurement

I checked this out from the library.


About the Author

Julie Maroh (born 1985) is an author and illustrator originally from northern France. She studied comic art at the Institute Saint-Luc in Brussels and lithography and engraving at the Royal Academy of Arts in Brussels, where she still lives.

#Bookcook The Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster and Smash a Gold Brick Into Your Face

According to The Guide, this is the best drink in existence.
Its effects are similar to “having your brains smashed in by a slice of lemon wrapped around a large gold brick.”

According to fan lore and the website Hitchhikers Fandom the ingredients are as follows:



Image by Melzzeny

Mixing Instructions

  • Take the juice from one bottle of Ol’ Janx Spirit.
  • Pour into it one measure of water from the seas of Santraginus V — Oh, that Santraginean seawater! Oh, those Santraginean fish!
  • Allow three cubes of Arcturan Mega-gin to melt into the mixture (it must be properly iced or the benzene is lost).
  • Allow four liters of Fallian marsh gas to bubble through it, in memory of all those happy hikers who have died of pleasure in the Marshes of Fallia.
  • Over the back of a silver spoon float a measure of Qualactin Hypermint extract, redolent of all the heady odors of the dark Qualactin Zones, subtle, sweet and mystic.
  • Drop in the tooth of an Algolian Suntiger. Watch it dissolve, spreading the fires of the Algolian Suns deep into the heart of the drink.
  • Sprinkle Zamphuor.
  • Add an olive.
  • Drink… but… very carefully…

makemeacocktail.com

I checked the pantry and it seems I am out of Fallian Marsh Gas. However, doing a little research I have read about a similar recipe of easy to find ingredients at this end of the backwaters galaxy. According to Geekychef.com, one can make a similar approximation of the “gold brick smashing into the head effect” with a few substitutes.


Ingredients
1 part Everclear (or any other strong grain alcohol such as Bourbon, Moonshine, or Vodka)
1 part Bitter Lemon (or plain Tonic Water)
1 part Bombay Sapphire Gin (or other gin)
1 part Yukon Jack Perma-Frost Schnapps (or other mint schnapps, or white crème de menthe)
Enough blue food coloring to make the mixture a very light sky blue
Sugar cubes
Cinnamon extract
Yellow food coloring (optional)
Angostura Bitters
Olives

Directions

“Mix the first five ingredients and chill. Then, take a sugar cube and let it absorb 1 milliliter of cinnamon extract and 1 drop of yellow food coloring (optional). Place three ice cubes in a glass and pour the chilled liquid mixture over these. Drop in the sugar cube and stir to dissolve, or just let it sit (if food coloring is used, often the sugar cube is just left to sit, to create a layering effect with the color). Sprinkle the Angostura Bitters in the drink, and add an olive. Drink, but very carefully. Geekychef.com

100 Question Tag – Part Three Questions 51-75

Here is part 3! Hope this is not getting annoying. If so, please feel free to let me know. 🙂

25 more questions you never knew you needed to know.

I tag: 
Rachel Read It 
Mim 
Paul 
Holly 
Evelina 
Kerry

  1. If money were no object what would you get for your next birthday? I’d like a 1967 Shelby and a fancy garage to put it in.
  2. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? A castle in europe sounds amazing. As long as I don’t have to clean it, and it has been insulated.
  3. Were you ever a scout or a brownie? Nope. For some reason my mom was against me joining the girl scouts.
  4. What city were you born in? I was born in raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. It sounds a whole lot interesting than it actually was. No I did not grow up in a hotel.
  5. What did you last eat? I just had sushi with my family. I am in Vegas visiting.
  6. What did you want to be when you were younger? I wanted to be an astronomer when I was young. I loved looking at the night sky. As I got older I realized the amount of math one has to do to be in that field and that nixed the hell out of that idea.
  7. What do you do on a typical Friday night? I usually go on a date with my husband.
  8. What is one food that you refuse to eat? I try everything once. I can tell you that I really hate escargot. It’s the texture. Who thought that was a good idea. Jesus.
  9. What is one item on your bucket list? I’d like to visit all the national parks in the US. A pretty large feat.
  10. What is one item you can’t live without? My Nook/Kindle/Ipad. One of those is attached to me at all times.
  11. What is your shoe size? I wear a size 11. I am 6’0 tall, if I had small feet I would tip over and look rather stupid.
  12. What movie have you watched repeatedly? I saw The Matrix 7 times in the theater and countless times at home.
  13. What phone do you have (Apple or Android)? I have an Apple.
  14. What should you be doing right now? Sleeping or writing a review. But Meh.
  15. What’s one goal you would like to accomplish this year? I’d like to read 100 books. I am at 52 so far, been going at a pretty good clip this year as far as reading goes.
  16. What’s one of your pet peeves? Be kind to waiters, old people, children and pets. If you are not I judge you to be a disreputable irredeemable person and I have no time for you.
  17. What’s the last song you’ve listened to? Midnight City by M83
  18. What’s the most expensive item of clothing that you own? I have a fancy down jacket from Eddie Bauer that has saved me during the winter.
  19. What’s the thing you can’t leave the house without? See question 10.
  20. What’s your best physical feature? That is difficult question.
  21. What’s your Chinese sign? Monkey.
  22. What’s your current obsession? Graphic Novels and books, but that has always been my obsession.
  23. What’s your dream car? 1971 Mach 1 mustang 429 Boss. The baddest muscle car aside from a 1967 Shelby GT500. Elenor!
  24. What’s your favourite animal? I like Llamas a lot and cows a lot. Weird.
  25. What’s your favourite book? Hahaha your funny. No really, you want me to pick one? My 6 star book list

These Are My People

About

Soppy meets Sarah’s Scribbles in this sweet collection of comics about the simple, precious, silly, everyday moments that make up a relationship.

What began as stray doodles on scraps of paper became an internet sensation when Catana Chetwynd’s boyfriend shared her drawings online. Now, Catana Comics touches millions of readers with its sweet, relatable humor. Little Moments of Lovecollects just that – the little moments that are the best parts of being with the person you love.


Stats

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hardcover 
  • 160 pages
  • Published June 19th, 2018 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • Original Title Little Moments of Love
  • ISBN1449492975 (ISBN13: 9781449492977)
  • Edition Language English
  • URL http://publishing.andrewsmcmeel.com/books/detail?sku=9781449492977
  • Literary Awards Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Graphic Novels & Comics (2018)

My Thoughts

“This is us,” I thought to myself while reading Little Moments of Love. “These are my people.” The only difference is that we have been married for a decade and I am 6′ and my husband is 6’3. Otherwise, these little moments are highly relatable. Each of the little bonne mots resonated with me hard. I was chuckling, guffawing, and saying “ah” throughout the 160 pages.

The graphics are simple as if she wrote them on a post-it note. Which she totally did. There is no plot, just happy and sweet moments between a couple that most people can relate to. This book brings the happy feels and sometimes that’s the kind of book we need to read. Simple, happy, no agenda, and makes you want to cuddle up and Watch Harry Potter on a date night.

If you enjoy Sarah’s Scribbles, you will enjoy this little book of awesome.

The Baddest Bitch of Shadow Around

“But there was a type of terror that didn’t care about reality, a fear that lived in secret places, and it clawed at her soft insides.” 

Kat Howard, An Unkindness of Magicians

Synopsis

There is a dark secret that is hiding at the heart of New York City and diminishing the city’s magicians’ power in this fantasy thriller by acclaimed author Kat Howard.

In New York City, magic controls everything. But the power of magic is fading. No one knows what is happening, except for Sydney—a new, rare magician with incredible power that has been unmatched in decades, and she may be the only person who is able to stop the darkness that is weakening the magic. But Sydney doesn’t want to help the system, she wants to destroy it.

Sydney comes from the House of Shadows, which controls the magic with the help of sacrifices from magicians.


Stats

  • ebook 
  • 352 pages
  • Published September 26th 2017 by Saga Press
  • Original Title An Unkindness of Magicians
  • ISBN1481451219 (ISBN13: 9781481451215)
  • Edition Language English
  • Series An Unkindness of Magicians #1

Literary Awards

  • ALA Alex Award (2018)

My Thoughts

“It was the beginning, and all would be different until it was time for the world to be remade again.” 

Kat Howard, An Unkindness of Magicians

If you are just reading the description of this story, on the surface it looks like a pretty common plotline about magic users and magic competition. A urban fantasy story set in the already magical New York City. But what you don’t know, and you learn in the first few pages of this novel is that it is so much more than that. This is a nuanced story involving political machinations, abuse of power, and privilege. Those who have the power abuse those who are considered expendable.

The story opens with a seemingly innocent, but still amazing feat of magic. Sydney, the stories protagonist lifts cars with magic, “The cars around her, as one, lifted gracefully into the air. Sydney held them there, rust-stained taxis and sleek black sedans with tinted windows, courier vans and a tour bus blaring the opening number of the latest Broadway hit. Ten feet above the ground, floating through the intersection like some bizarre migration of birds. A smile stretched, bright and wild, across her face. If the people in the cars could have seen it, they might have called it exhila- ration. They might have called it joy.” Was it joy or was it a necessity? We won’t know till the very end of Sydney’s journey.

This story has a multiple POV narrative. Often authors fail to write definitive voices when using this narrative style, but Kat Howard’s characters are clear and definable from one another. Sydney goes through a bit of a badass transition into an incredible force of will and magic. She will change society and win The Turning or die in the process. We have Ian formerly of House Merlin, who plays a good counterpart to Sydney. Laurent, the man who is highers Sydney to represent him in The Turning is also a force of good in the story. It is refreshing and wonderful to have a story that is mostly trope free. Sydney is a badass. Just that. She doesn’t need a man to save her nor make ridiculous mistakes that are out of her character for sake of literary convention. No. She is just a badass. I loved it, and you will too.

The narrative and plot arc is fast-paced. The story comes at you in the first chapter or so and doesn’t stop. The narrative takes place over a short amount of time so this helps keep up the action.

I’ve read quite a lot of Urban Fantasy and it is one of my favorite genres. I can say this is one of the better books I have read representing the genre. I am certainly looking forward to a second book to continue Sydney’s story. Good characters, great world-building, interesting magic system. You can’t go wrong.


Playlist


Procurement

I read and listened to this on Scribd.

About the Author

Kat Howard lives in New Hampshire. Her short fiction has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award, anthologized in year’s best and best of collections, and performed on NPR. Roses and Rot is her debut novel. You can find her on twitter at @KatWithSword.