Saturday, February 28, 2015

Review: Trees Volume 1





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This is a stunning book both visually and emotionally. The Planet Earth has been invaded. Organic matter drops from the sky forming "trees" . These towering metallic yet organic structures cover the planet and then promptly ignore human kind.
Humans, versatile creatures as always quickly adapt to the new features. Except for random releases of waste ( or what they guess is waste) the trees don't seem to be doing anything.

In this first volume Howard & Ellis show us the political & ecological side effects of the trees presence through four sets of protagonists : A scientific team that has discovered the growth of strange black flowers near the tree, A young artist who has come to the city to draw the trees, A woman being groomed to take over a fascist underground group, and a news crew watching a war play out by a country that has found away to attach guns to a modest size tree .
A wonderful first volume with a wonderfully diverse set of characters. I liked how the scientific elements were weaver into the story and character building. Not everyone survives as the world shifts once again for the human race. Science Fiction fans will enjoy the themes in this story.

Little Robot by Ben Hatke





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I requested this book because I'm a big fan of Hatke's Space girl Zita and the fact that the main character in the story was a POC. The story opens with pages of Hatke's gorgeous art as we meet our unnamed Protagonist wandering through the junkyard finding hidden treasures. She ( possibly he, hard to tell with the character design), finds a box floating in the water and assembles Kittle Robot.
Dialogue is scarce in this story and not really missed . The drawings are so expressive. When the little Robot is being chased by another robot determined to bring LR back to the factory, the danger and dramatic tension leap of the page.
A very enjoyable read

Friday, February 27, 2015

Fangirl Journeys: Long Beach Comic Expo 2015: Schedule Spotlight & Attendee Tips






Tomorrow is going to be amazing. I’m going to my very first Long Beach Comic Expo. I did however attend last years Long Beach Comic Con so I’m pretty familiar with the area and the pace of the convention.


Last year I only attended the convention for one day but this year I got a special deal on Groupon so I got a two day ticket for less than a one day pass. This is definitely the year to go both days. There is a stellar line up at this years convention. Here are some of the things I’m excited for this weekend:






This traveling film festival is coming to Long Beach! I’m planning on seeing The Post Human Project Sunday, and maybe some other films if possible.


Artist Alley

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So many wonderful creators ate at the con this year! I’m most excited to see :

Chris Claremont

Ethan Van Sciver

Katie Cook

And many more. I was also pleased to see a lot of diverse creators on the exhibitor list so I will be checking their work out .


There are some really great panels at LBCF this year. I will be attending  some creator spotlight panels, A panel featuring the cast of the animated series Gargoyles, and the presentation for the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity.



If you purchased your ticket ahead of time be sure to take advantage of the early admittance. I got a lot done in that hour before the show opened. Do be prepared that some booths may not be fully set up yet and some creators may not be at their tables.

The Usual Suspects: Eat a good breakfast, bring snacks and water. The indoor eating options weren't so good inside the area last year but this time they are using a better space. There are many great places to eat near the convention center and there was even a hot dog vendor hanging out near the parking garage.



Be prepared to pay for autographs. It isn't really in some cases if the signings are free or not so be prepared either way. I paid from 5 –25 dollars for the autographs I got that day. But I also got tons of things signed at no additional cost.


That's it ! Now I’m off to pull from my collection for signings and get a good nights sleep! Look for my updates and photos @yogikai on twitter.