Title: Giant Days
Author: John Allison
Artists: Lissa Treiman, Whitney Cogar (Colors)
Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, (Comic Book)
Published: November 24th, 2015
House: BOOM! Box
Susan, Esther, and Daisy started at university three weeks ago and became fast friends. Now, away from home for the first time, all three want to reinvent themselves. But in the face of handwringing boys, “personal experimentation,” influenza, mystery mold, nuchauvinism, and the willful, unwanted intrusion of “academia,” they may be lucky just to make it to spring alive. Collects issues #1-4.
I wasn’t a huge fan of this in the beginning. It wasn’t that I didn’t like it; it’s just that with all the things I heard from it I was expecting…more? But by the time I read issue #2 I loved it! So if you feel like that in the beginning keep reading; just give it some time.
»The Plot: This comic is so fun! There isn’t anything exceptional about the story itself. It just follows three friends and their day to day adventures of their first year of university. They deal with a horrible cold, identity searching, sexism, and trying to look sober while one of their gradmothers comes to visit. This comic kind of reminds me of a sitcom; sitcoms don’t usually follow a specific plot line. We also love seeing the characters get themselves into and out of sticky situations and though they uasually aren’t doing anything of significance we still come back for more. (to those who’ve read this: wouldn’t this make a great sitcom?)
»The Characters: The characters are really the ones that keep you reading. The three girls meet and become friends because their dorm rooms are next to each other. They all have different personalities. Daisy’s the soft-hearted innocent one. Susan is the call-it-like-it-is one (also a little intense). And Esther is the pale, black-haired gothic one who’s the type who wears a tutu with heavy looking black boots. (aah! I love her style. She’s my favourite of the trio!) Despite their contrasting personalities, they compliment one another so well!
»The Writing: The cocktail of the colorful personalities and the new college life experience leaves a gateway to hillarious situations and dialogue. I was smiling and chuckling throuhout the book and there were also times that I laughed out loud! This is such an easy, fast and funny read.
»The Art: The art was the perfect match for the book. It was colorful and not too cartoon-y. I also loved the dramatic facial expressions dropped in every now and then. 😄 I give the art a 4/5 rating too! (click the pictures in the gallery to get a better view)