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Giant Days Vol. 1 (1) Paperback – December 1, 2015
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- Grade Level : 8 - 9
- Item Weight : 10.7 ounces
- Paperback : 112 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1608867897
- Product Dimensions : 6.63 x 0.4 x 10.19 inches
- ISBN-13 : 978-1608867899
- Publisher : BOOM! Box (December 1, 2015)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #113,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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I never thought for the life of me that three girls going to university in England could be so delightful, Giant Days is a true gem. Let me introduce our girls -
Susan Ptolemy - The one with the most common sense, she keeps the other two on the straight and narrow (most of the time), she’s a bit of a slob and you’ll be happy to learn she’s studying medicine!
Esther de Groot - Goth goddess, fashion icon, attractor of men and women, drama queen, accident prone, student of English lit. Loyal friend. Life of the party.
Daisy Wooton - She is said to 50% hair and 100% not ready for this world, she is sweet and innocent, raised by her loving granny. She is struggling a little with her sexuality and is definitely not prepared for drinking and partying. Archaeology student.
They are polar opposites but as we all know opposites attract and these girls make a great team. In this first volume the girls deal with an influenza outbreak, Susan learns that her nemesis McGraw is attending the uni (think a young Ron Swanson) and fails to disguise her disgust at his being there (disgust of course in her case equal unrequited love), Esther attracts the attention of some disgusting boys and their online hottie list, and Daisy, well she has the most fun, She has a rather trippy night with the alluring Nadia and at the end of the night she befriends a talking pigeon.
I love it, it looks lovely, it reads wonderfully, it makes me laugh and reminds me of my younger days. I really wish I was friends with these girls in real life!