Mini Reviews | Giant Days Vol. 1, The Backstagers Vol. 1 & Lumberjanes Vol. 1

Just like Isabelle, I decided to use the month free on Scribd. In this time I think it’s really amazing that a company does something like this. Don’t get me wrong, I love Storytel, but I can now read some more graphic novels. This month was the perfect time to give some a go. So today I want to tell you what I thought of the first volume of Giant Days, The Backstagers and Lumberjanes!

Mini Reviews | Giant Days Vol. 1, The Backstagers Vol. 1 & Lumberjanes Vol. 1

All the world's a stage . . . but what happens behind the curtain is pure magic literally!
When Jory transfers to an all-boys private high school, he's taken in by the only ones who don't treat him like a new kid, the lowly stage crew known as the Backstagers. Not only does he gain great, lifetime friends, Jory is also introduced to an entire magical world that lives beyond the curtain. With the unpredictable twists and turns of the underground world, the Backstagers venture into the unknown, determined to put together the best play their high school has ever seen.
James Tynion IV (Detective Comics, The Woods) teams up with artist Rian Sygh (Munchkin, Stolen Forest) for an incredibly earnest story that explores what it means to find a place to fit in when you're kinda an outcast.
Collects the first four issues.

The Backstagers, Vol. 1: Rebels Without Applause by James Tynion IV, Rian Sygh, Walter Baiamonte
Published by BOOM! Box on 25/07/2017
Pages: 112

Our main character Jory just switched schools and is trying to find his place here. He doesn’t have to look far and ends up joining The Backstagers. I love this take on working backstage. The actors are very dramatic and being backstage is anything but boring.

I loved the take of having an unknown world backstage and no one knowing exactly where everything is. The order of the doors change, there are some scary and cute creatures and the team must work together to make everything okay. The theme of friendship is pretty important here and it definitely made me smile. This diverse crew of backstagers definitely makes me want to read more.

Mini Reviews | Giant Days Vol. 1, The Backstagers Vol. 1 & Lumberjanes Vol. 1

Susan, Esther, and Daisy started at university three weeks ago and became fast friends. Now, away from home for the first time, all three want to reinvent themselves. But in the face of handwringing boys, “personal experimentation,” influenza, mystery-mold, nu-chauvinism, and the willful, unwanted intrusion of “academia,” they may be lucky just to make it to spring alive. Going off to university is always a time of change and growth, but for Esther, Susan, and Daisy, things are about to get a little weird.
Collects issues #1-4.

Giant Days, Vol. 1 (Giant Days, #1) by John Allison, Lissa Treiman, Whitney Cogar
Published by BOOM! Box on 24/12/2015
Pages: 112

Giant Days is a graphic novel I’ve been wanting to read for ages. I keep seeing it everywhere and people seem to really enjoy it. Giant Days follows Susan, Esther and Daisy who just started university a few weeks ago and have become friends.

What I loved the most about this one is that it’s really simple. There isn’t a big plot or storyline, but we bascially follow these three girls finding their way in this new situation. We see them face getting sick, experimenting maybe a bit too much with alcohol and exploring relationships which makes this anything but boring.

I think most of us can relate to these characters exploring their new place in life. Giant Days made me laugh, but also tugged at my heartstrings. You definitely need friends in all of this and these three clearly have each other’s backs!

Mini Reviews | Giant Days Vol. 1, The Backstagers Vol. 1 & Lumberjanes Vol. 1

At Miss Qiunzilla Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's camp for hard-core lady-types, things are not what they seem. Three-eyed foxes. Secret caves. Anagrams. Luckily, Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are five rad, butt-kicking best pals determined to have an awesome summer together... And they're not gonna let a magical quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! The mystery keeps getting bigger, and it all begins here.
Collects Lumberjanes No. 1-4.

Beware the Kitten Holy (Lumberjanes, Vol. 1) by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Faith Hicks, Brooke A. Allen, Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh, Carolyn Nowak, Carey Pietsch
Published by BOOM! Box on 07/04/2015
Pages: 128

Beware the Kitten Holy is the first volume in the Lumberjanes series. We follow a group of friends that are at camp, which kind of seems to be like girl scouts. Even though it’s anything but that. Let’s just say that their stay isn’t boring and I felt bad for the girl in charge of keeping an eye on them, haha.

This group is friends was a lot of fun and very close. They do their thing and for some reason it all works out in the end. The camp leader doesn’t seem to see an issue with everything and seems to know what’s going on even when you think she doesn’t. Lumberjanes is an interesting read, even if I’m still not completely sure what to think of it.

This month has definitely been a good one with discovering new graphic novels. I’ll definitely be continuing with all three of these. Are you a fan of graphic novels? I’d love some more recommendations. Let me know in the comments!

3 thoughts on “Mini Reviews | Giant Days Vol. 1, The Backstagers Vol. 1 & Lumberjanes Vol. 1

  1. I loved this post Candyce! I’ve been wanting to read some more graphic novels lately and I have a subscription on Scrib’d so I’ll try to get to them soon, I’ve added them all to my list aha!!

    1. Yes! Since writing that review, I’ve actually finished volumes 2-4 😀

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