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Giant Days Vol. 1 Paperback – December 1, 2015
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John Allison is the writer and artist of the webcomics Bobbins, Scary Go Round and Bad Machinery. He lives in Greater Manchester.
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Timing is of great importance for GIANT DAYS, because with so many short/small plots that do conclude in some fashion the larger overall narrative could quickly become boring. But Allison manages to keep readers' engaged and interested in what happens next (and what happened before, and who are these girls?!) throughout. The art for the first volume, deftly drawn by animator Lissa Treiman, also adds a sense of motion and fluidity between each panel and page, and encourages the audience to really get into these cuties.
I was surprised to find that a lot of Allison's work has female protagonists at the center of the work. Although male, Allison's writing of the female experience doesn't seem contrived, 2-dimensional, or stereotypical. It's rich, varied, and layered - surprise, surprise - like real women's lives! And Allison cleverly tackles issues like romance, sexual exploration and identity, sexism, body image and body positivity, and more in a way that is thought-provoking and humorous.
Story wise, it is fun. The characters play off of each other in interesting ways. It is college drama stuff, so if you aren't a fan of such things, that would be bad. Personally, I'm generally not a fan of that genera, and feel as though this does it right, or at least differently.
I guess one of the things about it is that this isn't "girl sees dude, falls in love, etc. etc." Which can be a lot of school books with a female protagonist. And while a dude is there who probably will be the protagonists boyfriend... again... he isn't the sole focus. Who knows, maybe in later volumes I will eat the words on this post, but for now the characters feel more human. and I like that.
Seriously I love this art.