Fireside 2.1 ( Girls Talk Comics Blog Sun, 30 May 2021 20:00:00 -0500 Girls Talk Comics Blog en-us Graphic Novels Erin Thinks About when Procrastinating Sun, 30 May 2021 20:00:00 -0500 6719e2c4-8264-4d87-916d-3cb9530f4fe6 Erin's top graphic novels for either their art, their writing, or just the fact that Erin can't stop thinking about them! Erin reads a LOT of stuff. A LOT of stuff. She's read so much that as SOON as people ask for recommendations, she forgets everything she's ever read. Okay, so volume of works and memory challenges aren't really related, but it's an excuse she'll lean on.

Whatever the problem might actually be, she wants to share the books that she thinks about when she otherwise doesn't want to work! Curious? Keep reading for more information!

The Adoption - Magnetic Press
By Zidrou and Arno Monin

The Adoption follows Gabriel, a retired butcher, whose son and daughter-in-law adopt a young girl from Peru. Gabriel is resistant to this new child, but finds himself babysitting her more and more often as the time goes. She worms her way into his life, with a tea set, a dessert menu, and a little pink bicycle. But why does Erin think about this book a lot? Well, the art is gorgeous, the story is bittersweet, and it's a tale about family. As Gabriel learns to love his new granddaughter, he is confronted with how he failed his own children. It's a story of love, family, and the power of a sliced pickle on a sandwich.

Habibi - Pantheon
By Craig Thompson

Habibi is a tale through time, in a fictional Islamic fairy-tale world, that takes a look at the relationships between humans; humans and the natural world; wealth; countries; and religions. It's a stunning book, with art that draws heavily on the beauty of caligraphy. But this book lingers on Erin's mind for, well, the discomfort in the book. Habibi has been met with significantly mixed reviews - and I think appropriately so. Thompson took on a great endeavor with this 2011 graphic novel, but some think it fell into the same traps of racist or appropriative works. Erin feels it's a bit ambitious for most American readers - it's hard to read a fantastical parable about a culture that was, in 2011, still relatively new to my generation.

By Zander Cannon

Heck was recommended to Erin by someone who so thoroughly loves this book that he keeps multiple copies in order to freely pass out copies to friends, family, and strangers who have never read it. Heck - short for Hector - is a man who found a portal to hell in his deceased father's house. Burdened with this new responsibility, he takes advantage of it, using it as a means to settle familial disputes between the living and the undead. This particular journey to hell is harsher than he could have expected, requiring more self-recollection and sacrifice - which is why Erin thinks about this one a lot. The art is more stylized and seems a bit simpler than the other works on this list, but the story is something that just... lingers. The harshness, the confrontations, and Heck's ally Elliot really just stuck with Erin. It's hard to shake off the guilt that's written into this story.

Sheets - Lion Forge
By Brenna Thummler

Sheets is targeted to middle schoolers, but even as an adult, the book helped Erin process some lingering grief. It's a story of a girl and a ghost who develop a friendship while coming to terms with death. The girl lost her mother and the ghost is struggling to accept his own demise. They work together to grow and change, becoming stronger people and friends. Brenna's art is beautiful, in varying shades of blue and pink, with characters who fidget with the hem of their shirt when they can't look adults in the eyes. But these characters are strong and work together to keep their lives as close to normal and happy as they can. They're just hard to forget!

Hope you enjoyed this list! Hope about you? Have any books you can't forget?

Next Steps for the Girls Thu, 11 Mar 2021 21:00:00 -0600 fdb3e988-a50e-4783-a12b-2637f07e2dcb Good day readers and listeners alike!

We really, really have been loving recording and developing this podcast. It has been a delight for us, and gives us the focus and structure we like to have in our free-time. Thank you for listening to us and enjoying our time!

We're trying to expand where you can hear us! We got connected with Apple Podcasts, which has been a huge milestone for us! It's been a huge moment of pride for us and we're going to celebrate for probably a long time. (We're just cool like that.)

We have some new goals for our 2021. Girls Talk Comics is looking at moving to YouTube! Or, at least, uploading our podcasts there. (The Girls aren't quite to livestreams yet.) We also are hoping to exceed 2,500 downloads this year! We're close and hopeful.

Wish us luck and see you around!

Over 500 Listens - We Want Feedback! Sat, 18 Jul 2020 16:00:00 -0500 5304d1c9-4284-4a54-9e36-5f5cb5c14f1f Have you followed us on Facebook yet? You should follow us on Facebook. Hey all! Thank you so much for all the listens. We broke our 500 listens milestone! This is such a fun thing for us - and it's nice to know that others are enjoying themselves!

We have a (semi-active) Facebook page. Follow us over here! We post about our newest episodes there and maybe share announcements? It's also the best place to get in contact with us, if you have questions, complaints or compliments! In fact, we haven't really heard from many of our listeners, and would really like to know what you like, what you don't like, or even what you want us to read. Please let us know if you have any recommendations or requests and we'll try to squeeze them in!

Thank you everybody, and we hope to hear from you soon!

Black Lives Matter. Mon, 08 Jun 2020 11:45:00 -0500 37fbf27c-a617-4ec9-b65c-b2a4d1870b52 Black lives matter. Nothing more needs to be said. Instead, we see you, we hear you, we stand with you.

We also recommend you support Black creatives in the comic industry. More information can be found here at Comic Book Herald.

A Brief Update, and Thank You Wed, 20 May 2020 16:00:00 -0500 5b1e1589-e11b-418d-979c-2d30db97595f Thank you to everyone who has been listening! It looks like we've had some new listeners come in, and that's an awesome feeling. Welcome and we hope you stick around!

We here at Girls-Talk-Comics are like a lof of people in the world right now: stressed out about COVID-19. It's impacted us hostesses in different ways, and that unfortunately meant that GTC got put on the backburner - but only just a little. We have content lined up to be released, and are just trying to get through some challenges soon.*

We can't wait to get back and sharing our opinions. See you soon!

*Erin will one day catch up on comics, she swears it!

200 Downloads! What a surprise! Mon, 06 Apr 2020 23:00:00 -0500 96a047e5-fadd-4cd3-b985-ab803638d931 What an excuse to make a blog post! What a surprise! We made it to 200 downloads! Jessica and I started this as just a way to read our comics, talk about them, and try to throw some other voices out into the world.

And we are so glad you're here with us!

We have a lot that we're still figuring out and putting together for this. We're not lacking for comics - we've got a lot and they're a lot out there - so we're not running out of material anytime soon! Hope you stick around long enough to see where we go!