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review 2017-03-12 08:00
Camp Midnight
Camp Midnight - Steven T. Seagle,Jason Katzenstein

Skye was going to spend the summer with her Dad and step-monster, but instead they send her off to summer camp. Caring parents as they are, she ends up on the wrong bus and is forced to spend her holidays in Camp Midnight, a summer camp of the paranormal variety.

 

While this is certainly a middle-grade graphic novel I wanted to read it as Steven T Seagle was involved with Big Hero 6, an animation movie that took me completely by surprise and ended up on my all time favorites. I also enjoyed Camp Midnight a lot, and while marketed to a younger audience, I'm quite confident it is not meant to scare even them. The art worked really well with it.

 

My only problem with it was that the ending felt a bit rushed, but of course it is difficult to put too much story in a limited number of pages.

 

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2017-01-08 21:01
Camp Midnight by Steven T. Seagle
Camp Midnight - Steven T. Seagle,Jason Katzenstein

Genre: Horror / Humor / Camp / Friendship / Self Esteem

Year Published: 2016

Year Read: 11/27/2016

 

Publisher:  Image Comics

 

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I would like to thank NetGalley and Image Comics for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Introduction:

Ever since I started using NetGalley to read some new books online, I have been on a NetGalley reading binge ever since I started and this book “Camp Midnight” by Steven T. Seagle along with artwork by Jason Adam Katzenstein were among my reads from NetGalley that I wanted to read through and I must say that I was quite impressed with this story!

What is this story about?

The story starts off with a young girl named Skye being taken to her divorced dad’s house by her mom as Skye is going to spend her summer vacation with her dad and his new wife Gayle, who Skye takes an immediate dislike to and even calls her “step-monster.” Things get worse when Skye discovers that her dad and her “step-monster” are going to make her go to summer camp for that year in order for her to discover herself and even though Skye was against the idea, they still forced her to go to summer camp. When Skye got on the bus to camp, she discovers that something is weird about the bus she went on as all the campers are monsters such as vampires, werewolves and witches and it was then that Skye realizes that she went on the wrong bus and is heading to the scary and mysterious camp, Camp Midnight. While Skye spent some time at Camp Midnight, she found that she did not belong in that camp due to her being human, even though she became fast friends with a shy and mysterious girl named Mia. It was then that Skye has to prove to everyone that she is happy with being herself even if she is different from everyone else.

What I loved about this story:

Steven T. Seagle’s writing: When I found out that Steven T. Seagle was involved in big animated projects like “Ben 10” and “Big Hero 6,” I was like “OH GREAT!!! We have not had a big time TV writer writing comic books since Joss Whedon’s run on “Astonishing X-Men!” So, I was quite interested to see what kind of story Steven T. Seagle was going to write for this comic book and I was quite impressed by how this story turned out! I liked the way that Steven T. Seagle combine both horror and slice of life elements into this story as it made the story unique to read since it is rare that I read horror stories that mostly focus on the characters’ personal lives rather than trying to scare the readers. I also like the way that Steven T. Seagle wrote most of the characters, especially Skye and Mia and even though there were times where I was a bit annoyed with Skye’s attitude, I can actually sympathize with her situation as she was thrown into a new experience that she did not want to be in at the first place and she is having trouble trying to cope with being in a new environment and trying to discover herself in the process. Steven T. Seagle has also done a great job at providing humor in this story as I found myself laughing at some of Skye’s sarcastic remarks about her situation as it made her experience much funnier to read about!

Jason Adam Katzenstein’s artwork: Jason Adam Katzenstein’s artwork is quite expressive, especially whenever the artwork goes through different shades of color to convey the mood of the scenes, such as most of the artwork being shaded in blue when Skye’s dad and step-mom tell her that she is going to summer camp, conveying the sad mood of the scene; also another scene when Skye goes on the Camp Midnight bus and the artwork is shaded in green to convey the horrifying mood of the scene. I also like how zany Jason Adam Katzenstein’s artwork is as the characters are drawn in an exaggerated way that makes the story both humorous and creepy to read through.

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What made me feel uncomfortable about this story:

The reason why I gave this book a four star rating was because I felt that the story was a bit rushed and the artwork was a bit too chaotic at times. In regards to the story being a bit rushed, I felt like we did not get enough information about why Skye’s parents divorced and when her father met Gayle, his new wife. Also, I would have liked to know where Camp Midnight came from since it seemed a bit odd to have Camp Midnight show out of nowhere. As with the artwork, as much as I like how zany Jason Adam Katzenstein’s artwork is, I felt that there were many scenes where the artwork got a bit too chaotic and I often had trouble trying to figure out what was going on in the scene due to the artwork being all over the place.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, “Camp Midnight” is a great comic book about the importance of being yourself that comic book fans will enjoy!

Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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review 2016-09-09 13:52
An obsessive search for the Fountain of Youth
Solstice - Steven T. Seagle

 Seen through the eyes of his son, a rich man dying of cancer searches for the Fountain of Youth, whatever the cost to his family and other people. It takes them to Chile, Siberia, Egypt following clues and maps. Too many flashbacks to different times break up the continuity and the flow. Quite a good story but I did not find it as brilliant as some of the blurb. Well-illustrated.

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review 2016-03-30 13:06
ARC Review
Camp Midnight - Steven T. Seagle,Jason Katzenstein

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

Well, the book certainly goes into the category: Looks good and sounds good, but isn’t good at all.

 

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review 2016-01-31 10:01
Review | Genius by Steven Seagle, illustrated by Teddy Kristiansen
Genius - Steven T. Seagle,Teddy Kristiansen

Ted Marx works hard at his career as a quantum physicist. But lately the demands of his job have begun to overwhelm him. Then Ted makes a startling discovery: his wife's father once knew Einstein and claims that Einstein entrusted to him a final, devastating secret―a secret even more profound and shattering than the work that led to the first atom bombs. If Ted can convince his father-in-law to tell him what Einstein had to say, his job will be safe. But does he dare reveal Einstein's most dangerous secret to those who might exploit it?

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In this graphic novel, the reader meets Ted, a genius physicist in his 30s whose life has come to a bit of a standstill. He struggles to come up with that "next big idea" while younger scientists come into the company, flooding the place with new ideas every day. Ted tries to find comfort in remembering the life of his idol, Albert Einstein, whose most famous theories had already come about by the time Albert was Ted's age. Problem is, Ted's boss has given him an ultimatum -- either come up with a brilliant theory that will bring all kinds of scientific glory to the company or find himself new employment. This puts enormous pressure on Ted as he tries to figure out how he will pay for his wife's medical treatments (as she battles cancer) if he doesn't have this job. When his father-in-law reveals that he was once Einstein's personal bodyguard and that Einstein once shared a secret never told to anyone else. Desperate, Ted tries to get his FIL to reveal Einstein's secret, hoping it's big enough to skyrocket Ted's career & solve all the problems. 

 

They gave me a test to see if I had a learning problem. It turned out that I did... I could learn faster than they could teach. 

 

Being a fan of Einstein myself, I thought this story was a pretty cool concept. I just wish there had just been more to it. It felt like it was just getting going by the time it was over! I had hoped to get to know Ted a little better than I did, or maybe more of the Einstein backstory. But what was there was a good, fun, quick read. I also thought there was some pretty good humor here as well. The couple criticisms I would have is that the art style, while good in some panels, overall did not wow my eyeballs. Also, the font was not my favorite, mainly because the t's and r's looked so similar as to make the dialogue pretty frustrating for my dyslexic brain to decipher throughout most of this. 

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