{Graphic Novel Week} If I Were a Superhero …

Graphic Novel Week

the adventures of superhero girlIt’s Graphic Novel Week! When I started the week, I didn’t know that I would start it off reading a song that immediately called for a song, but when I started reading The Adventures of Superhero Girl by Faith Erin Hicks, this song I wrote about 5 years ago came to mind … it just fits in so perfect!

Go ahead and take a listen. I’ll wait.

 

Have you read the book? Did you listen to the song? They kinda work together, right?

First of all, I wasn’t even sure if I was going to read this one since I hadn’t heard anything about it, so I didn’t know what it was about. I also had a HUGE list of books to read so I didn’t know if I should bump this up to the top of my list BUT I also felt like I should read it since I hadn’t heard of it, which made it a good pick to read first.

Does any of that make sense?

ANYWAY. This book was pretty freaking awesome. I assumed it would be just a normal superhero book (think Batman, or something of the like), and in a way it was, but it was also crazy hilarious and completely different from anything I was expecting. I kind of thought it was just a book for kids, but it works for kids and adults (though, at some point a few of the characters go to a club and get drunk, so maybe it’s not totally for kids) … basically, if you’re looking for something awesome and funny, something you’ll want to recommend to beginner graphic novel readers, this is the book to go to.

If you’re like me and the first thought of graphic novels and comics means superheroes, then this book is perfect because it pokes fun at books like that. It pokes fun at superheroes in general, but in such a fun and lighthearted way — I couldn’t put it down! And the illustrations were perfect, too. I loved how detailed they were, the colours, and they basically fit this genre perfectly.

Highly, highly recommended if you’re looking for some fun stories, if you want to laugh, and if you have a short amount of time to read and just want to read something good. Plus, the author is Canadian, so you’ll be exposing yourself to even more amazing Canadian talent! I’m very interested to read more of what Erin Faith Hicks has to offer … by the looks of it she has quite a few books available, so I’m excited to check them out!

Have you read this book? What’s a graphic novel that surprised you? 

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Making Music @ Reading In Winter (5)

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It’s time for another installment of Making Music!

A few years ago I put myself to the test. Could I write 31 songs in 31 days? Probable. BUT — could I write and record a decent track as well? That might be a little tougher. It was all going good until I started to reach the halfway point and my idea bank was dwindling. So, naturally, I turned to Twitter for answers and a follower asked me to write a song about Twitter.

Of course, I didn’t want to come right out and say Twitter in the song, so I thought I’d poke fun at it, thinking like people who don’t use social media (For example, I love my dad, but find it hilarious when he says “The Facebook.”). To other people, especially those who don’t use social media, it’s all about sharing the things you did in the day and, basically, all of the details of your life. Is anything ever private anymore?

The fun part was recording this song and I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, this is the ONLY song where you’ll catch me meowing and barking.

Mark my words.

What did you eat for breakfast today?
Where did you go and who did you see?
What time did you go to bed and what time did you get up?

Do you chirp? Do you meow?
Do you moo? Do you peck? Do you bark?

What did you eat for breakfast today?
Where do you work and where do you live?
What kind of car do you drive?
What’s your social security number?
Where did you go to high school at and what about university?
Who was your best friend and do you have any enemies?

Do you gobble? Do you cluck?
Is it oinking?
Do you peck? Do you bark?

What did you have for breakfast today?
Where were you born? What month was it in?
What size of shoe do you wear?
What colour are your eyes? What colour is your hair?
What is your dog’s name? What about the cat? What about the fish?
Do you go home to somebody?
Are you married? Are you single?

Do you chirp? Do you meow?
Do you moo? Do you peck? Do you bark?
I just can’t think of what it is …

What did you eat for breakfast today?
Where did you go and who did you see?
What time did you go to bed and what time did you get up?
What did you eat for breakfast today?
Where did you go and who did you see?
What time did you go to bed and what time did you get up?

Is there anything else you can tell me? Because I really want to know.

Copyright © 2014, Kristilyn Robertson. All rights reserved.

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Making [Kind of Bookish] Music @ Reading In Winter (4)

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When I had set out to write a song a day in May two years ago, I knew that at some point I would get completely stumped on what to write. By the time I hit day 26, though, I had a great idea — and it was kind of bookish, in a way!

Sing Into the Machine is probably one of my favourite songs that I wrote in this time period. It turned out to be kind of dark, but super catchy. When I listen to it, I think of that room in Beth Revis’s Across the Universe book, the one where they keep history. In a way, I feel like even if you’re sitting on the sidelines, or if you’re in the game, we are all a part of history. We’re all creating this thing we call life and even if we’re not playing a huge role, we’re all important parts of it. We all write our own history, which makes us all stars of the show.

“Step right up, it’s your turn.
This won’t hurt,” they say.
“We just want your sound.”

“Sing into the machine,” they say.
“Everyone’s a star.
All the words, all the sounds —
We’re lucky we wrote them down.”

Everyone’s a star … 

“If you live forever,” they say,
“don’t worry — we’ll remember.
We’ve got it on tape and
everyone’s a star.”

“All the words, all the sounds —
We’re lucky we wrote them down.”

“Sing into the machine,” they say.

Copyright © 2014, Kristilyn Robertson. All rights reserved.

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