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Today I am reviewing Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. It is a comic strip about a group of kids in a neighborhood, particularly one unfortunate kid named Charlie Brown.

On the cover we see, from bottom left to right: Franklin, Lucy, Linus, Peppermint Patty, and Sally. On top: Woodstock, Snoopy and Charlie Brown.

On the cover we see, from bottom left to right: Franklin, Lucy, Linus, Peppermint Patty, and Sally. On top: Woodstock, Snoopy and Charlie Brown.

Peanuts has lasted so long, until Charles M. Schulz was taken away from us, that it is impossible to list all plot lines, threads, running jokes, and personalties of all the characters like I try to do with other books. The Wikipedia page on Snoopy, just 1 character, is longer than the whole Calvin and Hobbes page, and about the same size as the Watchmen page, one of the most complex comics ever made. A way to think of it is a comic of your childhood. You can’t tell someone all of it by once, but you can tell it a little. Day, by day, by day. Ironically, that is exactly what it is about. Childhood. My favorite character, like many, is Snoopy, the beagle. I enjoy how he pretends to be the Red Baron, his simple views on the way of life, the way he sets out to do things.

Even though this is definitely not the best comic of all time, it has a quality to it. It reminds everyone of their childhood. I dare you do read through a collection, and not stop once and say, “That happened to me when I was a little kid.” It gives off a nostalgic quality, is very funny, simple, elegant, and many other qualities not found in many comics today. Sometimes the punch lines of the strips are cheesy, which is the only knock against it, and other times make you roll on the floor laughing. This comic is wonderful. That is really all I can say about it.

This comic gets a 9 out of 10

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Today I am reviewing Bone. This is considered by many to be the best fantasy graphic novel and one of the best comics of all time. Written by Jeff Smith, it is the story of three small creatures in a new and strange land, discovering many unusual and new animals and a war as old as time itself.

On the cover, we see our protagonist, Fone Bone, being ambushed by a rat creature.

On the cover, we see our protagonist, Fone Bone, being ambushed by a rat creature.

Bone is the story of three brothers. Fone Bone, the rational one is like a normal human. While annoyed with his brothers at times, he still loves them and stands by them. Smiley Bone, the well-meaning one. He is the comedy relief in the story. Although he only wants the best of his fellow beings, he is not bright, and is often influenced by his brothers. Phoney Bone, the smartest, and greediest one. He often causes most of the problems, out of his love for wealth, but still feels a sense of loyalty to his brother. They are chased out of their own home town due to Phoney Bone’s scams into a new land. Here things aren’t quite the same. Here, there be dragons, and a war is about to occur that could destroy the world itself.

This is amazing. It’s hard to say anything bad about this. Art is superb, characters are all likable. The villain is scary, and never fully seen. Plot is suspenseful, and all characters change and develop through the course of the story. It is possibly one of the greatest books I have read. This book is great for everyone, of all ages. Lovers of romances, sci-fi, war, politics, rebellion stories will love this. I am not giving this book nearly enough credit, but I don’t know any words to adequately describe this. This deserves, and should get better, than my rating.

This book gets a 10 out of 10

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Happy Graphic Novel Week! The first comic that I am reviewing is my personal favorite. I am reviewing Maus, written and illustrated by Art Spiegelman. It is about how a jewish person survived the Halocaust. It is also about how it emotionally scarred him and how it affected his relationship with his son.

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On the cover is the main character, Vladek, and his wife, Anja. Behind them is the infamous swastiska.

 

       Maus is the story of the author’s father, Vladek Spiegelman. It is the story of how he survived the events leading up to and during World War 2. It is the story of how he stuck together with his wife Anja through the horrible anti-semitism and the unspeakable work camps. It is also the story of how his son, the author, has to deal with his father’s emotional scars from the work camps. It is a story of survival and family.

     Maus is one of the greatest books I have read. It has excellent symbolism,( the Nazis are cats, and the Jews are mice.) It also has excellent art, and wonderful characters. The plot is very exciting, and it is very hard to put down until the very last page. The best part, however, is the perspective. Most stories we hear about the work camps are about large groups of these very unfortunate people. This book tells the story of the individual, the survivor, the emotionally scarred. It is an amazing book. I urge everyone reading this to get it from the libary or buy it. You will want to read this over and over again. This book is for all ages, and all lovers of comics, and anyone even remotely intrested in Nazi Germany. 

 I rate this book a 10 out of 10

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