Review: A Bunch of Jews (and other stuff) by Trina Robbins

A Bunch of Jews 1-- bookspoilsI have an ever-growing fascination with Yiddish literature thanks to my Ashkenazi roots, so I was ecstatic when I saw that Trina Robbins had adapted her father’s A Minyen Yidn un Andere Zakhn into comic form.

This collection of engaging and humane short stories, featuring different sets of illustrators for each one, of arrogant schoolteachers, boastful travelers, stingy merchants, adoring pets, and all the disasters and triumphs that can happen to families and tight-knit communities. “It’s a snapshot of a way of life that would end with the coming of the Nazis and WW2, although none of them knew it yet.”

However, while I enjoyed most of the tones and themes explored in the stories – a deep mixture of melancholy and nostalgia – most tales would end a bit nonsensical and unclear to me, so that it became harder and harder to appreciate to message. But on a brighter (and a bit random) note, the short story about latkes made me crave them by a tenfold, so bonus points for that.A Bunch of Jews 2-- bookspoilsSince this comic adaption was on the shorter side, I’m intrigued to check out the book by the author’s father, Muttel (Mutye) Perechudnik, originally published in Yiddish. And I do hope that more comics like this one will be adapted in the future.

ARC kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Expected publication: March 21st, 2017

4/5 stars

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Review: Louis Undercover by Fanny Britt, Isabelle Arsenault

In this powerful new graphic novel from Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault, we meet Louis, a young boy who shuttles between his alcoholic dad and his anxious mom, and who, with the help of his best friend, tries to summon up the courage to speak to his true love, Billie.Louis Undercover 5-- bookspoils

I’ve been eyeing Fanny Britt’s work for awhile now, so I jumped on the opportunity to read her newest release in collaboration with Isabelle Arsenault’s vivid and evocative art. Plus, the promise of exploring a topic as critical and crucial as having an alcoholic parent in graphic novel format had me on my toes.

Speaking of which, here’s some pieces that had the same heart-stopping effect on me:

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Louis Undercover 10-- bookspoilsI weeped when he described her as “a gorgeous cactus.” Nothing but the highest of compliments.

All this to say that the author and illustrator have really outdone themselves with this one. Both the art and the accompanying text had me encompassed within the graphic novel. The tone and themes explored in here delivered everything I wanted, from love to hatred to indifference and so much more.

I’m eager to see what Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault will collaborate on next; you can count on me to keep up.

ARC kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Expected publication: October 1st, 2017

3.5/5 stars

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Review: Misfit City #2 by Kirsten ‘Kiwi’ Smith, Kurt Lustgarten

This second issue of Misfit City continues on from where we last left off. After examining the treasure map, the girls break into the Captain’s house, unaware that they’re being followed!

Going into this I definitely had to refresh my memory by rereading my review for the first issue. It’s been over a month since I last visited this group, so it was quite difficult to keep up with the plot and characters at first. And since #2 focused a lot more on the storyline, I wasn’t as invested as with the first issue. I mean I’m here mostly for this brilliant group of girlfriends:Misfit City #2 5-- bookspoilsThat like to tease one other:Misfit City #2 2-- bookspoilsBut will ultimately always have each other’s back.

Misfit City #2 6-- bookspoilsOn a brighter note, the color palette is still on point. And I loved how each page felt like its own theme. Misfit City #2 3-- bookspoilsAll in all: I’m still invested as hell to keep up with the girls and their future shenanigans.

3/5 stars 

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