Thursday, May 12, 2016

Reader's Diary #1311- John Allison (Writer), Lissa Treiman (Artist): Giant Days Volume One

I hadn't known that Giant Days was a British import ahead of time, but on discovering that, it became one of the things that I enjoyed the most about it; calling people sods and talking prices in pounds. It was a nice break from North American books.

Still, I'm kind of surprised that someone felt the need to bring the book across the pond. It's got a pleasant humorous touch, lightly satirical, but it's not the kind of book that I would have imagined being a great seller. Then again, the fact that I heard of it and got my hands on it up here in Yellowknife means it's doing well enough I suppose.

In any case, for a book about 18 year old women in their first year of university, I was equally intrigued by things that I could relate to and those I couldn't. In that regard it's a great book for Gen X'ers to understand Millennials. On the one hand, their lives were so relatable and I was transported back to my own undergrad days— the freedom, the fun, the experimentation. On the other hand, they're living in the social media age and that throws a wrench  spanner into the works.

The art is simple, colourful and fun; befitting of the story.

1 comment:

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I tend to read quite a few British books (the Brits do love their murders), but I don't believe I have ever come across a British graphic novel. Watch out for those chip stains!