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Spooky October Graphic Novels: Megahex & and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Hello everybody,
I can’t believe that this is my first post in October because I planned to post almost every other day in this month. However, so many things happened recently and I didn’t have free time to post anything. The only good thing is that I read two books last week. Yay! I will tell you about these two books in my mini-reviews because there are just too many details and it would take me forever to put everything into my words.

Book Review #1 MEGAHEX by SIMON HANSELMANN

✦SYNOPSIS ✦
Megg is a depressed, drug-addicted witch. Mogg is her black cat. Their friend, Owl, is an antropomorphized owl. They hang out a lot with Werewolf Jones. This may sound like a pure stoner comedy, but it transcends the genre: these characters struggle unsuccessfully to come to crips with their depression, drug use, sexuality, poverty, lack of work, lack of ambition, and the complex feelings about each other in ways that have made Megg and Mogg sensations on Hanselmann’s GirlMountain tumblr.
This is the first collection of Hanselmann’s work, freed from its cumbersome Internet prison, and sure to be one of the most talked about graphic novels in 2014, featuring all of the ‘classic’ Megg and Mogg episodes from the past five years as well as over 70 pages of all-new material.

✦ MY THOUGHTS ✦
Well, I had to think about my words here.. I kind of have some mixed feelings about this one. In the beginning of the book, I found some things funny and interesting. However, as I was reading on, I found some things weird and to be honest, I felt uncomfortable reading about it.
The book is all about alcoholism, drugs, and rape and I don’t think that it’s something that we should make fun of. We shouldn’t joke about it.
Those are serious things that require serious talks and solutions. It is clear that this is a very sad story and I really liked the concept of it, but I didn’t like how the author represented all the things in the book. My favorite character is definitely Mogg, the cat. However, I had a good laugh several times while I was reading this book and I think it’s fair enough to give it a three stars.

My rating: 3/5 ⭐

Book Review #2: CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA by ROBERTO AGUIRRE-SACASA

✦SYNOPSIS ✦
On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, the young sorceress Sabrina Spellman finds herself at a crossroads, having to choose between an unearthly destiny and her mortal boyfriend, Harvey. But a foe from her family’s past has arrived in Greendale, Madame Satan, and she has her own deadly agenda. Archie comics’ latest horror sensation starts here! For TEEN+ readers. Compiles the first five issues of the ongoing comic book series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

✦ MY THOUGHTS ✦
I really had to read this comic/graphic novel because I just love Sabrina. I’m a huge fan of the show and I knew I was going to like this one. What caught my attention was this dark, creepy story. Seriously, it gave me the chills and I think that October is definitely the best time to pick it up .
Also, I liked that the story revolves around villains and how does it feel to live on the dark/night side. I loved its dark elements such as killing and praising Satan. Its art is everything! I adore the pictures inside and I think my all time favorite character is and will always be Salem. It was really enjoyable to read this book and can’t wait to check out everything by R. Aguirre-Sacasa. 

My rating: 4/5 ⭐

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Book Review: Commute by Erin Williams

An intimate and powerful visual exploration of the blurred lines between yes and no, consent and assault, and the daily decisions women must make between being sexualized or being invisible

About Commute

Thank you to Abrams ComicArts for giving me a free ARC in exchange for an honest review!

✦ ABOUT THE AUTHOR✦
Erin Williams is a writer, illustrator, and researcher living in New York. She’s the coauthor of The Big Fat Activity Book for Pregnant People and The Big Activity Book for Anxious People.

✦ SYNOPSIS✦
In Commute, we follow author and illustrator Erin Williams on her daily commute to and from work, puncuated by recollections of sexual encounters as well as memories of her battle with alcoholism, addiction, and recovery. As she moves through the world navigating banal, familiar, and sometimes uncomfortable interactions with the familiar-faced stranger she sees daily, Williams weaves together a riveting collection of flashbacks.
Her recollections highlight the indefinable moments when lines are crossed and a woman must ask herself if the only way to avoid being objectified is to simply cease to draw any attention to her physical being. She delves into the gray space that lives between consent and assault and tenderly explores the complexity of the shame, guilt, vulnerability, and the responsibility attached to both.

✦ THE FEMALE FACE OF SHAME ✦
In her book, Erin talks about an uncomfortable reality and the way she accepted the truth about herself. Erin represents many women who have experienced exactly the same thing. Almost every woman has been taken advantage of by some guy and after she felt shame. And now, Erin ecourages these women to talk freely about that subject. She tells us that it is natural to feel this way, but she also says that we should stand up for ourselves. There is something intriguing about the power of women that makes them so unique.

✦ SEXUAL OBJECTIFICATION OF WOMEN ✦
There is one big, ugly truth. Men view women as sex objects. No matter how much we try to reject that fact, it just exists. It’s our reality and the author of this book shows us that. Erin tells us her story about relationships with guys. Each one of them saw her as a sex object. This sexual objectification reflects on her self image in a way that she was constantly searching for male approval. She invites guy to come over her place, but she doesn’t feel anything.

✦ IT IS OKAY TO STAND UP FOR YOURSELF ✦
Many women do not talk about female shame or any kind of abuse. Women are raped, treated badly, or were neglected and some of them just remain silent about that. They think it is something natural – the way it should be. The truth is that it is NOT natural and it should NEVER be like that. They deserve much, much better things and Commute is all about that. The author wants us women to be united and always support each other.

✦ OVERALL ✦
I really enjoyed reading this book and it was so emotional experience for me. Just the way Erin talks about her battles freely is so uncomfortable for me, and I admire her for her strength. It takes a lot of courage to talk about your life openly, especially when you have been through so much.
I also loved the illustration in the book and I can’t wait to order the final copy – it will be printed in color and I am beyond excited! Also, this book is not for young readers because there is some explicit content. I definitely recommend this book to adult readers who like to read self-help books.

My rating: 4/5 ⭐
Expected publication: October 8th 2019 by Abrams ComicArts