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Gunnerkrigg Court Vol. 1: Orientation
Gunnerkrigg Court Vol. 1: Orientation | Thomas Siddell
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WHY WE LOVE IT: Thomas Siddells critically acclaimed and award-winning webcomic has fans all over the world, and the last printed edition completely sold out. With a new cover by creator Thomas Siddell and in softcover for the first time, the release of the first volume is finally available again for old fans and new readers alike!WHY YOULL LOVE IT: Well let Neil Gaiman tell you all about it: "I was thrilled to hear that my favourite webcomic was going to be collected on paper. I wish that Antimony Carver and her adventures and mysteries and myths, not to mention her school, had been around when I was a boy, to shape and warp and twist my growing mindbut I dont think you could ever grow too old to delight in Gunnerkrigg Court."WHAT ITS ABOUT: Antimony Carver is a precocious and preternaturally self-possessed young girl starting her first year of school at gloomy Gunnerkrigg Court, a very British boarding school that has robots running around along side body-snatching demons, forest gods, and the odd mythical creature. The opening volume in the series follows Antimony through her orientation year: the people she meets, the strange things that happen, and the things she causes to happen as she and her new friend, Kat, unravel the mysteries of the Court and deal with the everyday adventures of growing up.
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elkeo_TheBookDragon
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I picked this up because Neil Gaiman's blurb called it his favorite webcomic. I loved it because of the cool dark art + happenings at this strange, vast school that contains robots, demons, mythical creatures, and more for our strangely deadpan MC to encounter around every corner. But it's not just amusing school stories - there is a larger and darker backstory I am dying to get more of in book 2 and 3 and 4 and... basically I want more NOW!

batsy I was just thinking about this a week or so ago and had forgotten the title, so thank you! I remember reading this is as a webcomic precisely because of Neil Gaiman's rec. I loved it. 2y
bookish.escape Sounds interesting!! I'm going to have to look into that!! Thank you for sharing!! 2y
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linzvi
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Latest #bookhaul is Coyote approved.

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MarriedtoMrT
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It was just as good as I remembered! While funny, there are many *secrets* about this complicated world that are yet to be revealed. On to a re-read of volume 2.

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MarriedtoMrT
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I forgot how funny this dark little comic is -- "Very hush, hush. You know."

Also, I was dissing on the lettering in Matt Phelan's "Snow White" and this is an example of why. Look how much this lettering adds to the atmosphere.

Lindy I agree that this is a wonderful comic. Also agree that lettering makes a difference. A small but important detail. 3y
MarriedtoMrT @Lindy I just started noticing how much lettering affected the whole package and my feelings toward the story. Definitely a small thing with a big impact! 3y
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MarriedtoMrT
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Travel companions. Just as others have posted, I tend to overpack the books. I'll be lucky if I get one read but I still need choices!

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MarriedtoMrT
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Happy #recommendsday! All my recent graphic novel reading reminded me of this gem. It has been long enough since I read it that specifics have flown from my mind but I remember how I felt reading it and that was "I need more!" Boarding school with creepy happenings. I'm there!

I sense a re-read soon so I can get caught up. Looks like there are four, maybe five volumes out now.

Chachic Interesting! The cover makes it look like middle grade? 3y
MarriedtoMrT @Chachic I read it back in my old blogging days when I was a judge for Cybils and this was a finalist. I read for both MG and teen graphics and this was in the teen category. I don't remember anything content-wise but the characters were in high school and I believe it had some dark elements. I'll report back when I re-read. 3y
Chachic Thanks for letting me know! And hey, you were a Cybils judge. You must have had to read tons of books. 3y
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MarriedtoMrT @Chachic I second round judged which is only finalist picks. Much less reading! I wouldn't have survived first round. 😬 3y
MarriedtoMrT @Chachic Now that I re-read this it is definitely YA. Some of the themes are dark and the story can get a bit complex. Also, I had forgotten you can read it all online: http://gunnerkrigg.com 3y
Chachic Thanks for letting me know about the online link! I'll check it out.😊 3y
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mariak
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This comic is simply captivating!! To be honest,there's a lot of strange things happening which are yet to be explained, but that won't keep you from enjoying the story!
As for the artwork, I really like the fact that you can see the artist's progress after each chapter. The lines get smoother, the colors brighter...it is gorgeous!

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