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review 2018-05-06 20:52
A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns
A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns - Archie Bongiovanni,Tristan Jimerson

[I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.]

This is a very short book in the shape of a graphic novel/comics, so there’s no excuse not to read it. ;)

While I’m not particularly vocal about it when I write book reviews, and while the name I use is ‘feminine’, I don’t identify as a woman—my sex is female, but my gender is non-binary (more specifically, agender). So, it’s always mildly annoying at best when people keep referring to me as ‘she’. Sometimes they just don’t know, and of course, if I don’t tell them, they won’t know… therefore I tell them. Sometimes, too, other people just don’t care, or it forces them to reevaluate their paradigm, and, well, things don’t go so well in such cases.

Therefore I truly appreciate such books as this one—short and to the point, again: no excuse—that explain what it’s all about, and why it matters. Because being called ‘she’ is as much incomfortable for me as it is for a man who identifies as a man to be called ‘she’, for instance. (Also, for the grammar purists who say that ‘there’s only he and she pronouns, and they as a singular isn’t right’: singular they has been in use since the 14th century or so. Just saying.)

To be honest, I’m not entirely fan of the graphic style here; however, it is cute, with fun moments, and the art IMHO isn’t what matters the most in this book.

Except for a couple of things I wasn’t too sure about, mostly the two characters (Archie and Tristan) run you through a quick explanation of non-binary vs. cisgender (‘quick’, because the whole thing detailed would take a book of its own), situations about how to use they/them pronouns, and examples of misgendering and how to react to it tastefully, whether you’re the one being misgendered or an ally. Among such situations, when loved ones misgender you, but you know they’re supportive in plenty of other ways, ranting is not useful. But sometimes, too, when people deliberately refuse to acknowledge you (binary or non-binary, this is part of your identity, after all), and make fun of you and/or are deliberately hurtful, it’s also good to be reminded that it’s OK to let go of what is, all in all, abusive. It’s not easy to accept… but it’s true.

This book is a good introduction to the matter, easy to follow and understand, and one that you can also apply to other pronouns like ze/hir (yes, there are more than just the few mentioned here). Even though it’s not exhaustive, it paves the way for further reading for anyone who’s interested.

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review 2018-04-24 18:44
#26 - Archie: The New Riverdale
Archie, Vol. 1 - Mark Waid,Veronica Fish,Annie Wu,Fiona Staples

It was actually really cool to read this comic! I had never read any of Archie comics but I’ve watched Riverdale so I was really interested in discovering what the book was all about. I will definitely read the original series one day.


It was fun to see those characters in a comic (I know it should be the other way around but I started with watching it instead of reading it…) because it is really different than on screen, they are way less complex.


The art is really great, I totally loved it. The storyline was interesting and really funny. I think I will continue on with the series but still, it did not blow my mind

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review 2018-03-28 03:49
An enjoyable combination of time travel and alternate history
All Evil Shed Away - Archie Roy

David Hamilton, a scientist in a Britain under Nazi domination, is whisked from his empty life in Glasgow and transported to a secret research project located on the island of St. Kilda.  When he arrives he learns the purpose of the project – time travel, the development of which would give Germany an advantage in is stand-off against an authoritarian United States.  As the team explores the past, Hamilton discovers romance, the hidden motive of the lead scientist, and an ulterior motive behind the project, one that gives the unassuming scientist an opportunity to undo the evil plaguing his world.


Archie Roy’s novel is an entertaining blend of two genres of science fiction, time travel and alternate history.  Both are well done, as Roy constructs a plausible reality and explores some of the logical complications posed by time travel with considerable ingenuity (though he ultimately ignores the largest, glaring one).  The main characters are also well drawn – save the main villain, who is a little too cartoonishly evil – while the pacing allows for their development and the gradual revelation of the differing layers of the plot.  All of this comes together to make for a quality read, one that fans of either genre will enjoy.

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review 2018-03-23 19:51
Archie Vs. Predator
Archie vs Predator - Fernando Ruiz,Alex de Campi

Before I read this comic, I wondered if it was possible to mix something wholesome like the Archie comics with the not so wholesome Predator series. After I finished reading, the answer was that it was possible to combine those two things.


What made this crossover work was that it wasn't taken seriously. Even with all the killing going on, there was time for some characters to make some funny jokes or comments. Between the four chapters, there was some funny artwork with the Predator and the Riverdale gang. My favorite artwork was the one with the Predator drinking milkshakes.


The story is simple and straightforward. The characters are simple as well. I didn't see these things as a negative because there are times where anyone wants their mind to take a break from reading challenging works. I just got out from school for spring break and this kind of popcorn read is what I needed.


Anyone looking for something to make them think about complicated and complex matters and issues should try reading a different book. But for anyone who is in a mood for some light reading and enjoys mindless entertainment should try checking this out.



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text 2018-01-03 12:48
Reading progress update: I've read 245 out of 336 pages.
Archie: The Married Life Book 6 (The Married Life Series) - Fernando Ruiz,Paul Kupperberg,X.J. Kennedy,X.J. Kennedy

I'm actually enjoying this more than I suspected I would.  


But - Archie OD.


I need something else, so Clive Barker's Nightbreed and flying through some Judge Dredd Humble Bundle instead. 


Also, possibly some actual catching up with the comics I buy week by week, because my pile is still grossly large on that side of things.

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