I’ve been taking part in Inktober this month and to gather some inspiration I’ve been exploring graphic novels and animation as well as following a few YouTubers who are also participating in the festivities. The following are some things that have caught my eye and are really helping with giving me all kinds of new ideas as well as motivation to get into my sketchbook. For more information on Inktober visit the official website here.
Light by Rob Cham
This wordless comic book follows the exploits of a backpack-toting adventurer in a quest to find a mysterious treasure. Framed in black, the illustrations offer delightful bursts of color and are sure to entertain readers of any age.
My Review: 5 of 5 Stars
While the story is adorable for this graphic novel the artwork is what really catches my attention. Each scene has a full page spread which really lets you explore some of the details with the environment. The drawing style is a bit sketchy and the majority of the book takes place in a dark cave which is demonstrated incredibly well with a dark background. As much as I love the artwork, the biggest reason this story gets five stars from me is how much it’s pushing me to go grab my sketch book and get drawing. I loved the perspective in many of the scenes, especially those when they are leaving the cave. I’m also looking forward to attempting some of my drawings on black paper with gel pens – a technique that’s never excited me much before. I highly recommend this novel for anyone who appreciates this kind of art style. While I reviewed an ebook version I’m for sure adding this to a list of art books and graphic novels that I’d like to own.
The Tale Teller by Draw with Jazza
This is an adorable short animation created by one of my favorite YouTubers. I absolutely love his art style and this story is pretty nifty. The whole clip is just under nine minutes long and well worth a watch (or five..). I love the idea of the old man traveling around sharing his tales at just the perfect moments. I will warn you though, you may need tissues by the end of it. While heart warming, this tiny little glimpse into an old story tellers life is also a possible tear jerker.
by Son Jae Ho, Lee Gwang Su (Illustrator)
He awakens. For 820 years he has slumbered with no knowledge of mankind’s advancements and scientific achievements. The land which he once knew has become an unfamiliar place with new technologies, attitudes, and lifestyles.
Cadis Etrama Di Raizel, Rai, while seeking to familiarize himself with this era, somehow locates a loyal servant of his, Frankenstein, who is currently the principal of a South Korean high school. Rai decides that this high school would be the perfect place to help him learn about the new world. He enrolls, and suddenly becomes the friend of Shinwoo, an immature teenager who is also a master martial artist. But this new world is no safer than the old, and the dignified, bewildered, technologically illiterate Rai finds himself caught up in adventures both ridiculous and dangerous.
3.5 of 5 Stars
I have some seriously weird feelings about this comic. On one hand, it’s incredibly engaging with a mix of action, suspense, and humor. On the other hand the artwork never felt truly consistant. I could definitely see the progression from the start of the series to the point I’m at now. The style doesn’t change drastically but I do think it improves in small ways over time which is nice to see. I was a little bored for probably the first twenty or so chapters but quickly became completely immersed in the story after that point. I love the various characters that are portrayed and am really enjoying where the story is going. I got so into the story I ended up staying up until around 4 am finishing the first season. What I love even more about this comic series is that it’s ongoing so we’ll hopefully be able to travel with this crew for quite some time to come on whatever adventures await them.
by Brian K. Vaughan (Writer), Fiona Staples (Artist)
When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe. From bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan, Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults.
5 of 5 Stars
I’ve been hearing about this graphic novel for a while now and have been pretty curious so when I found it at my library I decided to grab the first volume. I was a little worried it wouldn’t live up to the hype I’ve heard about it but it completely did. The story line is amazing and is a lot more immersive than some other graphic novels I’ve read. If anything I’d like to delve even deeper into the backstory and history of all the different races. In the first volume you get introduced to quite a few different cultures all of which are pretty fascinating. I’m especially intrigued by the race of robots but my curiosity is piqued on every page just about. The artwork is also amazing and has me incredibly inspired to try my hand at some of my own interesting and alternative character creation. I’m looking forward to continuing with this series to see where it goes in the future!
Thanks to Netgalley for giving me a copy of Lights in exchange for my honest review. This exchange did not affect my opinion or review at all and I was compensated in no other manner.