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review 2017-04-08 08:24
Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis
Lumberjanes Volume 1 - Noelle Stevenson,Grace Ellis

There have been so many people talking and raving about Lumberjanes. So much so that when I want to the library, I snatched it up so fast! The only thing I knew about this comic was that it was about a bunch of girls who were at a summer camp and how it showed such a positive light on friendship. And, yes, it is about that. But there's also so much more to it!

 

The story is how they are at this camp and there's some bizarre events happening. Events that cannot be explained. The campers, being inquisitive and curious, set out to try and solve the mysteries surrounding Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's Camp for Hardcore Lady Types. It is such a fun and quirky little story about female friendships and the positivity therein! I really loved reading this story. In fact, when I got to the end, I was shocked because it ended so fast and I just wanted more!

 

Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis did a fantastic job writing this comic. They managed to capture what it's like being a young teen, exploring different perspectives and friendships, and how diverse each and every single one of these characters felt was truly a breath of fresh air. Their characters are all different. Different race, skin, sexualities, body types, etc., and it's done respectfully. These traits just happen to be a part of that character. It does not define them. It's just who they are and I think it's such a well-done aspect of the comic. Props to the writers!

 

The artwork is so cute! Brooke Allen is the illustrator and she did such a fantastic job in capturing the feel and tone of the story through the art. It's a bit cartoony and that art style brings out the humor of the book perfectly! I love how each character looks so different from one another and since there are quite a few characters in the comic, it's important for each one to have a very distinct look. The colors are bright and light, the art is smooth, it just fits so well with everything this comic has set out to do.

 

The characters themselves are so fantastic. I love Jo. She's a calm and intelligent individual. April is spunky and tough. Mal and Molly have a beautiful relationship blossoming that I cannot wait to see more of. Ripley is a ball of energy and made me laugh more than one. And Jen, their camp counselor, is so awesome and humorous in her own right. Actually, I feel a bit bad for Jen. She has to deal with so much of the shenanigans that's happening around her. Poor woman can't catch a break. X3 But all the characters. Every single one of them is just unique and beautiful and lovely and I just can't! 

 

Seriously, if you have not yet read Lumberjanes then I highly recommend you do. It's fun, sweet, light, and an all-around good time. If you're looking for a quick fun comic about friendships and mystery then I think this is a good comic to try out! I cannot wait to read the rest of the series. I know I am going to love it~

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review 2016-11-12 01:49
Hardcore Chick Camp
Lumberjanes, Vol. 1 - Noelle Stevenson,Grace Ellis,Brooke A. Allen

Quick Little GN about friendship, and standing up for one another. A group of girls are at a summer camp for hard core chicks when some strange things start happening and they have to defend one another.

 

 

It was a super quick book I would have liked a little more but it does show promise. The girls are awesome and the concept is great, I will continue on to see if they get better.

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review 2016-10-21 21:25
Lumberjanes Vol 4 (#13-16)
Lumberjanes Vol. 4: Out Of Time - Noelle Stevenson,Shannon Watters,Grace Ellis,Brooke Allen
Lumberjanes #13 - Brooke A. Allen,Shannon Watters, Noelle Stevenson
Lumberjanes #14 - Shannon Waters, Noelle Stevenson,Brooke Allen
Lumberjanes #15 - Shannon Watters
Lumberjanes #16 - Shannon Watters

All of my favorite elements are back in this volume which includes the exclamations of famous women in history. Out of Time featured: Maria V. KlenovaNellie Bly, and Cecilia H. Payne. The girls continue to be fun, each in their own way and with their own strengths. I enjoyed the flashback to the first day too, so the reader can get to know a bit of their individual family backgrounds. It brought a little more depth to their situations. The same was done for the camp and other connections that become apparent in this volume.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-09-18 21:42
Lumberjanes Volume 2
Lumberjanes Vol. 2 - Noelle Stevenson,Shannon Watters,Grace Ellis

5 Stars, buy it

 

This series totally rocks.  The writing is fantastic, they have LGBT characters, the characters are awesome,funny and believable besides being utterly silly.   This series kicks butt.  Just as good as volume 1.

 

Issue 5- Rosie goes off to investigate what is going on at the boys camp and leaves Jen in charge who is not pleased. Much to the girls horror, they are being forced to make friendship bracelets. And there are real instructions on how to make them. Molly goes to the outhouse and trouble ensues much to Jen’s horror. In issue two, it starts and you think the girls are in trouble already but it turns out they are just playing tag. Diane is sort of introduced and she appears to be the sister of Jo. Most of the issue is playing capture the flag but there are references to other issues and it ends with Jen wanting in on what is going on.  In issue 3, the girls (including Jen) sneak into Rosie’s cabin for the crystal thing. Of course Rosie still can’t get Jen’s name right. We learn a lot about Diane. Turns out Diane isn’t Jo’s sister.   AAARG. Major Spoiler: At the end of the issue, Jo is turned to stone. In issue four Diane plays tricks on the girls who are frustrated that Jo is stone.Mal gives Molly a kiss. Jo is released from stone. Ripley later saves the day. At the end of the issues, there is a cover gallery again.  There is also  a preview of Giant days which I haven’t read but it looks interesting.




Quotes:

 

“Whoo hoo! We get to go to the Raccoon rodeo today!”

“ Yippe-Ki-Yay Mother Necessity!”

“I would never disgrace the uniform with mutinous shenanigans”




Characters for my reference

 

April- Short red head girl

Jen- dark skinned camp counsilor

Jo- tall kid

Mal: Dark haired girl with half shaved head

Molly: Blond haired girl

Ripley: Short brunet with headband around her head and blue streak in hair

Rosie- head of camp. Constantly calls Jen Jane. Very cool.

Diane- girl from another cabin at the camp, black hair Apparently the sister of Jo.

Bubbles- Molly’s raccoon hat who happens to be a live raccoon

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-09-17 17:26
Lumberjanes Volume 1
Lumberjanes Vol. 1 - Noelle Stevenson,Grace Ellis,Brooke Allen

5 Stars, buy it



I’m rereading my comic series to catch back up.  As I remember the art takes a little getting used to. In issue one we are introduced to the main characters in the camp. They snuck out of camp and got into a fight with foxes who apparently don’t like kittens. I’ve missed this comic. I forgot how fun it is.  In issue two, the girls go canoeing with Jen and there is all sorts of comedy including a river monster. Two girls are very into each other and i know eventually they are in a relationship. Yeay for LGBT characters. Anyway the girls get separated from Jen and end up in the bottom of a cave. Issue 3 starts with the girls in the cave still. They come across talking statues who challenge someone to arm wrestling and April volunteers. More adventure happens and that is the end of that. Don’t want to spoil all of it for you.  The Holy kitten which was in issues one and two is also pretty funny. In issue 4, Jen gets talked into taking the girls on a hike. The girls run into a monster, run away and they all end up in poison ivy when a bunch of boy campers come help them.   More adventures happen (again, don’t want to  ruin everything).  The writing is still awesome and the story is still really funny.  And that is the end of Volume 1.  Why it’s only 4 issues I’m not sure, maybe issue 1 was a double issue.  There is a cover gallery at the end which is nice, i like the covers.  There is also a sketch book at the end of the cover gallery which is less interesting.



Quotes:

 

“What the junk?!”

“It looks like it’s scrunchie time!”

 

Characters for my reference

 

April- Short red head girl

Jen- dark skinned camp counsilor

Jo- tall kid

Mal: Dark haired girl with half shaved head

Molly: Blond haired girl

Ripley: Short brunet with headband around her head and blue streak in hair

Rosie- head of camp. Constantly calls Jen Jane. Very cool.

 

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