April media round up

What I read in April 2021

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The Baddest Bitch in the Room by Sophia Chang

This came up on my library's overdrive as a recommendation. I was intrigued by the cover: an east asian person with legs spread wide, looking pretty boss and confident. I read the description and didn't expect to know that a Korean-Canadian woman would have any affiliated with the hip hop scene and Wu Tang Clan. This book reminds me that there's a place for all of us, to tell our stories. If we feel under-represented in this world, then we should try to stop making ourselves small and quiet, otherwise we're going to be reinforcing what we dislike most.

Delinquent Housewife 2-4 by Nemu Yoko

I'm not sure what it is, but all the characters in this series have great appeal to me. They all charming in their own ways. The artwork feels very breezy and accessible. The series ends at 4, and I'm glad that it ended in the way it did; without it becoming too awkward or contentious!!

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

Sweet and wholesome. There is a looseness/bendiness to the art and a lot white space and decompressed panelling that I enjoyed. Good feelings!!!!

The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen

Gorgeous story with beautiful flowing artwork and paneling. Also love the author notes about intentions and fashion/design inspiration that was included at the end. Attention to detail combined with balance aesthetic between negative and positive space made for an enjoyable read! I think the allusions and imageries from mixed cultures/folklore was weaved into the narrative well, in a way that wasn't too abstract nor too explicit, just right! The author talks about how comics are a combination of both text and visual languages, which I completely agree with.

I Don't Want to Die Poor by Michael Arceneaux

Michael makes a lot of references to other media (reality tv shows, musicians/artists, etc.) that I'm not familiar with, but I greatly appreciated his vulnerability and candid reflections, especially with regards to his parents. Reading the book makes me think about the student loan situation as some extension of the carceral system...

Urusei Yatsura by Rumiko Takahashi (Signature series) 1

I think this is a thick book compilation of the original volume 1-2. I have to admit that I'm probably not the target audience for this book, as the pervy teenage boy main character is completely repulsive to me, and I don't particularly enjoy how these potentially better-off-without-him female characters can't live without him (harem-ish?).

Today's music post: Sorry by Danny Elfman. I wasn't expected that he was releasing albums on this platform! This song reminds me of his stuff from Oingo Boingo x Orchestrated scores.

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