Topic: Comic Books - New
TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3472:
(Vinnie) Today I am reviewing the High Tech High's comic "Red Phones" made by the Graphic Novel Project team, specifically Max Romerro, Jonathan Wallach, and Joey Valdiva.
It was presented to my dad while at the San Diego Comic Con International for me to review.
The group also had a panel, but my dad did not get a chance to attend it.
At a glance, it looked pretty good and looked well planned and made. My dad and I also had the chance to see some of the people in the group at the So Cal Comic Con at the Boys and Girls Club in Oceanside. I also picked up a copy of an earlier issue by the group, 'Nice Meeting You, Goodbye', and you can find my thoughts and review of it here in this link.
The art, was honestly one of the best pieces I've seen. The kids who made this obviously have talent, and I hope that they follow it. The art also appeared to look very realistic, which I do like to some extent. However, it was a bit "comic like" to still fit my taste. I can quite easily see that much time was spent to add such great detail to the art. Everything was appealing and looked very good. Vibrant colors were plentiful and made the whole thing "pop". The panels were neatly organized, and it overall, it was a nice pack.
I found the story to be interesting and "out of the box". It was a different construct than most stories I've seen, and it definitely kept me reading. The ending was very unexpected, and was a great "WoW". It does say that it is issue #1, and it is set up to have a second issue, but I do not know if another issue is in the making. I sure hope so, as this is a comic that I've been looking for.
There are many uses of onomatopoeia, such as when he comes to an abrupt stop there's "screech" followed by flames and a sizzling "sssss". Although very
common in comics, it wasn't just the normal "crash", "BOOM", and "bang", it was the kind of things you would not normally see in comics, such as the "screech" and "sssss".
The storyline flowed well, and nearly everything made sense. The only part unclear was the ending where it took place a week before with characters not yet mentioned. I believed it kind of explained the middle parts of it, but I am not completely sure. If you do not get the chance to pick this up, you can find it on their website, TheGNProject.com, which also has descriptions of their comics. It says that it is a story of mystical headphones that warp reality from the songs. I don't want to give away too much, but that should clear it up on the "purpose" for the story.
Overall, I give "Red Phones" a Near Mint (NM), a 9.4 out of a 10.0 grade scale.
It was a really great graphic novel comic, and I really do hope they put out a second issue!
This graphic novel can be found at the web site: TheGNProject.com, along with their graphic novels, which are also featured in the video at the top right of this blog post.
There is a Facebook presence for this group and can be found here: Hthgnp, which I suggest you 'Like'.
(Michael) Thanks, Vinnie!
I appreciate your reading this graphic novel that was presented to me at the 2011 Comic-Con International: San Diego!
Unfortunately I missed the group's panel on Sunday the 24th, as described below:!
Sunday, 3:30-4:30 How to Start a Collaborative Comic (Print or Web)— The High Tech High Graphic Novel Project of Chula Vista, CA (Dinoindino.com) hosts a panel about the steps and challenges of starting your own small (15-25 people) to large (30-60 people) group collaborative comic (for print or web). How can high school students anywhere do what these students do? How can anyone do what they do? All will be discussed and more. Room 26AB
My thanks to those of the group that were at their booth when I stopped by, when I was at the SDCC this past week!
Note: Vinnie makes it to as many comic cons with me as he can. He collects the 'Amazing Spider-Man' comic book series, but is open to read other titles from publishers that print titles that are age appropriate for him. He also has been attending 'behind the scenes' events, such as the one he blogged about ht here: Vinnie's Special '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, Bob Burden, Scott Shaw! and others there at this exclusive after hours Comic-Con Party in San Diego!
Also...If YOU liked Vinnie's guest review blog today, you may also enjoy reading Vinnie's other reviews on: The Strand Prophecy by JBB Winner, Stuff that Dreams Are Made of - The Mini-Comix, The Adventures of Faithboy #1, Mouse Guard: The Black Axe #2 of 6, Yogi Bear Film (DVD), Jim Henson's Fraggle Rock Vol 2 #1 of 3, Space Punks #2, Jim Henson's Fraggle Rock Vol 2 #2 of 3, Kleeman and Mike #1, Mortifera #3, Classics Illustrated #142 Abraham Lincoln - 8th Edition, 2011 FCBD Edition - Mouse Guard / Dark Crystal Flip Book, Fraggle Rock Volume 2 #3 of 3, Bear and Fox #2, Space Punks #1, The Daughters of Merlin #1, Sea Ghost #1, 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, Vinnie's Take on Berona's War: Field Guide, just to name a recent few!
Thanks Vinnie, for once again guest blogging here today!
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