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Buzz! Paperback – December 17, 2013
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Published by Oni Press and drawn in Tessa Stone's Manga-influenced art style, Buzz! bears more than a passing resemblance to Oni's biggest success, Scott Pilgrim. Ananth Panagariya and Stone take the dull concept of spelling bees and jazz them up by making the letters that spell the words become actual weapons to attack opponents with so you get the Scott Pilgrim-ish lavish fight sequences. As you would expect in a comic with such a heavy emphasis on spelling bees ruling the world, the book is quite comedic and knowingly silly, a tone that's a lot like Scott Pilgrim's.
Stone's art style manages to make two people spelling obscure words seem extremely dramatic which is a helluva feat by itself. The opponents Webster go up against are also similarly outré from an immortal who has seen every language develop since man first appeared to a sorceress who magics up words.
I found the story to be a bit one-dimensional - we don't spend much time outside the tournament to learn more about the characters' wider world so that it restricts the reader from being fully drawn into the book. Given the huge cultural significance of spelling bees in this culture, I'd have liked to have seen it reflected in the architecture, or fashion, or dialogue rather than have the outside world be unaffected by it, besides cheering on spellers in a stadium.Read more ›
When I first got my copy, I sat down thinking to read a bit and move on, but I ended up devouring the whole thing in one go. Then went back for a second round to catch what I'd missed!
In a world where spelling bees are regulated, illegal underground spelling bees become a way of life, where letters become weapons to defeat or harm your opponent. Young Webster and his sister Merriam live a quiet life studying for the sanctioned spelling bees...until the day Webster gets caught up in an underground Spelling Bee after impressing the Outlaw King, who grooms Webster to get into the regional Spelling Bee and expose the Spelluminati for the scoundrels they are! Along the way Webster makes friends with other underground champions and prepares to battle the one person he never thought would cross his path at the final battle.
Ananth is bit better known for his webcomic that he works on with Yuko Ota, called Johnny Wander (an autobiographical strip) but he branches into fiction here with this excellent, fast paced tale. You wouldn't think spelling could be fun, but Ananth turns it into a power to make letters come alive and makes it illegal outside of sanctioned events. It's a fast paced story with action, battles, and a couple of death matches and interesting and entertaining characters. I ended the book wanting more and I really hope they give it to us.
The art is Scott Pilgrimish in style, with sharp lines to create shadows and depth to the characters. The characters are well designed and Tessa does an excellent job of blending words in with the characters making sure that neither gets lost. The bulk of the book is black and white, with yellow used to accentuate the colors. And to be honest I wish they had chosen a different color or perhaps a different shade of yellow as it's a bit eye glaringly bright at times. Overall though great illustrations.Read more ›
The art, however, doesn't really live up to the story. The earlier review's comparison to Scott Pilgrim was apt, except that Scott Pilgrim had more comprehensible layouts. Now that's something I never thought I'd say! Independently, the characters are drawn in a way interpretable to the reader, but the composition is a mess and the transition between events is often unclear. A few times I actually wondered if a page was missing. I guess I would say the art is suited to standalone images, but lacks the comic fundamentals. It gets the job done, but writing of this caliber deserves better. (2.5-3/5)
At the end of the day, I'd recommend this comic, but with the disclaimer that you will probably need to re-read portions to get a clear idea of the action. Thankfully, the writing is good enough that this doesn't feel like a huge encumbrance.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
You didn’t know you needed an underground spelling bee comic book, did you? BUT YOU DO! High school student Webster is inadvertently drawn into a back alley, unsanctioned spelling... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Skye Kilaen
If you’re part of that rampant, raving crowd looking for books about illicit underground spelling bees, boy are you in luck!
In Buzz! Read more
I mostly picked up this book due to Tessa Stone being the illustrator -- I loved her webcomic, "Hanna Is Not a Boy's Name," and was among the many who were crushed by it's... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kenya Starflight
This is a strange little fellow. It's one of those books that take you half-way through till you fall for it. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Nicola Mansfield
This comic is one of the more entertaining I've read in a while! If you like puns, wordplay, and sports manga, this is right up your alley. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Lightlybow
Been a long time fan of Tessa Stones artwork; paired with Panagariya's writing, Buzz is a bright, fun comic full of awesome sounding words and even better characters! Read morePublished on February 14, 2014 by Christine Kim
Buzz! imagines a world where spelling bees are big sport and sometimes held in back alleys as clandestine combat. Words are spelled as weapons. Read morePublished on January 27, 2014 by Wayne A McCoy
I picked this up on the names behind it alone, having no clue what on earth it was going to be about. Turns out, it's about spelling bees.
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Absolutely wonderful offering from Ananth and Tessa to the alternative comic book world! The writing is sharp, the images compelling. This is the whole package kids.Published on January 20, 2014 by Jamie