Vinnie's 'Take' On:
"Nice Meeting You, Goodbye"
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Above Photo: The High Tech High GNP members and instructor as shown at their booth during the 1st Annual SoCal Comic Con!
At the Top Left: The Front Cover to the comic book 'Nice Meeting You, Goodbye'.
At the Bottom Left: Michael D Hamersky at the Front Door of the 1st Annual SoCal Comic Con held at the Boys & Girls Club in Oceanside, California in November of 2010.
TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3291:
I am at the end of our 4 Day Special Event that was titled: 'Black Friday Comics Sponsored By Michael D Hamersky On Comics'. Which was actually my 2nd Annual Black Friday Event held on Facebook.
The ending date is at the end of today, which is called 'Cyber Monday'. Since my own LCBS is an online shop only, the ending day is good timing!
I also had several creators and publishers join in with the actual Black Friday Prizes Giveaway where I gave away 10 Free Prizes, PLUS a GRAND Prize to the lucky winners! Thanks again to those that supported my Event and for those that 'virtually attended'!
So with all of the above going on this past weekend and ending later tonight... Thankfully my youngest son has given me the latest installment of his 'Vinnie's Take On: series', that I can add the photos and format this morning for all of us to read here. Thanks, again, Vinnie!
This is "My Take" on the comic book "Nice Meeting You, Goodbye" by High Tech High's Graphic Novel Project.
They are a group of High Schoolers learning the craft of making comics. My dad and I met them at the SoCal Comic Con, where we talked about this program set up at their High School.
They gave us this comic for review, and when I learned of what it's about, this comic being about High School Drop outs, I had to read it. By reading this, I learned so much, unfortunately, it was all saddening. This will definitely change the minds of those that have this comic pass through their hands.
Now, for the review itself...
The Front Cover depicts a saddened boy, with words describing sadness, despair, hurt, and much more. This is how that saddened boy is feeling. It also has the High Tech High's Graphic Novel Project logo, but not much else besides that.
The Inside Front Cover is used as a Foreward. It was written by one of the students in the Graphic Novel Project. I felt it had good placement there, for it basically tells you what this is about, and also brings a mood or tone to the comic, that this was meant to be serious, not funny.
The Interior Pages had the story and art - both of which was magnificent for them not being "professionals" and this being one of their first efforts. Although this was (I believe) made to be serious, it was slightly funny what they threw in as posters on the social workers walls. I felt it lightened the tense and serious feeling that would come from this. The art was great, and you can tell it was in webcomic form before the comic book. It was also mostly digital art, with some hand drawn illustrations thrown in. The story was great as it flowed, and appeared to have perfect spelling, grammar, and punctuation. It was also always relevant, and it kept to the storyline well. I just wished that where they had annotations, they would just put it at the bottom of the page to keep people from the trouble of flipping pages multiple times.
The Inside Back Cover has a picture of some guy... although I'm not quite sure why. I'm thinking it has some connection to what happened at the end of the story, now that I think of it when typing this out.
The Back Cover tells more about the Graphic Novel Project, and how you can donate so they can be able to produce more comics and travel to get themselves known.
Overall, I would give this comic, "Nice Meeting You, Goodbye" a comic book grade of Very Fine (VF) 8.0 on the professional level, but due to them being High Schoolers, and not "proessionals" quite yet, they get a grade of Very Fine/Near Mint (VF/NM) 9.0 on the amateur level, out of a 10.0 grading scale.
You can see this comic and their other works in progress at their web site: gnp.hightechhigh.org
They also have a Facebook Fan Page, as seen in this link. If you are on Facebook, check it out.
Thanks Vinnie, for guest blogging here today, and giving us your thoughts on this publication from a tween's POV!
BTW, If you liked Vinnie's 'Take' on this publication, he's also review blogged several other publications so far this year!
Including the graphic novel as shown to the left. Here's his review blog on this publication: Vinnie's Take on Berona's War: Field Guide. After reading that and thinking that this is something YOU would like to read or give as a gift for this Holiday Season, here's a link to where you can purchase it online! Berona's War: Field Guide!
Also...If YOU liked his review today, you may enjoy reading Vinnie's other reviews on: Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard #4 (of 4), Clutch Cargo DVD, The All New Super Friends Hour Season 1 DVD, The Ultimate Underdog Collection Volume 1, Planet Hulk, Coraline, Ponyo, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Sonic the Hedgehog TPB Vol 1, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, The Possum #1 comic book, just to name a recent few!
Plus check out his 'Look at The Captain Rochester Party for the Artists' at the recent 2010 Comic-Con International: San Diego! He really had fun meeting and having dinner with Sergio Aragones and others there at this exclusive after hours Con Party!
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