Valor

Valor Valor is a comic anthology of re imaged fairy tales showcasing the talent of some of the top creators in the field of digital comics The purpose of this book is to pay homage to the strength resource

  • Title: Valor
  • Author: Isabelle Melançon Megan Lavey-Heaton Angelica Maria Lopez Annie Stoll Tim Ferrera Elena Barbarich Ash Barnes Emily Hann
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 197
  • Format: Paperback
  • Valor is a comic anthology of re imaged fairy tales showcasing the talent of some of the top creators in the field of digital comics The purpose of this book is to pay homage to the strength, resourcefulness, and cunning of female heroines in fairy tales Some of these are recreations of time honored tales Others are brand new stories, designed to be passed to future genValor is a comic anthology of re imaged fairy tales showcasing the talent of some of the top creators in the field of digital comics The purpose of this book is to pay homage to the strength, resourcefulness, and cunning of female heroines in fairy tales Some of these are recreations of time honored tales Others are brand new stories, designed to be passed to future generations.

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    1. This review is also posted on my blog.(view spoiler)[Oh, my god. Oh my god. Oh my GOD.I saw this sitting innocuously with the other new books for me to process at work, and it caught my eye and I decided to bring it home and read it.And it ended up being THE MOST DIVERSE graphic novel I have EVER READ.Holy SHIT.Okay, let’s keep a tally: out of 23 short stories, six featured straight relationships, nine featured no relationships at all (one was almost definitely aro/ace), and the rest were all [...]

    2. Okay NEW FAVOURITE ALERT!!! This anthology has literally everything I could ask for out of a book and graphic novel. We have got lesbians (So. Many. Lesbians. They were not even close to a minority.), a trans character, feminism, fairy tales, people of colour and different ethnicity, Canadian authors, indie authors, happy endings, a few poignant endings to keep you guessing, sarcasm, a plethora of animals and just all the good, happy feels. And did I mention yet? The art is stunning. This is an [...]

    3. Valor is a comic anthology of re-imaged fairy tales showcasing the talent of some of the top creators in the field of digital comics. The purpose of this book is to pay homage to the strength, resourcefulness, and cunning of female heroines in fairy tales. Some of these are recreations of time-honored tales. Others are brand new stories, designed to be passed to future generations.Valor is fun, adventurous, different, wonderful. All the positive adjectives I can think of. Bright, colourful, expr [...]

    4. Favorites for stories: (with stars by very favorites)Little Fish, *Bride of the Rose Beast, Masks, *Crane Wife, Eggchild Favorites for art (with stars by very favorites):The Black Bull, *Nettle-Witch, *Please, FinetteFavorite overall: "Please". The art was SO GORGEOUS.These were so short each! Some cute, some clever, some sweet. None were extremely profound-a good number of them were kind of just too light in general. Still it was a nice mix altogether, and it was really nice to see so many diff [...]

    5. A beautiful book marred by poor proofreading and copyediting and some really questionable design choices. For example, the table of contents does not include author/illustrator info, which is irksome if you're trying to give credit where it's due. The table of contents does provide page numbers, but the majority of pages aren't numbered, so that's nigh useless.Most plots are very thin and predictable but the art is generally good. Standout pieces for me were The Steadfast Tin Automaton (short st [...]

    6. This whole anthology was just lovely and nice. The art was great and a number of the stories were very well done. I especially loved Bride of the Rose Beast, Crane Wife, Lady Tilda, and Nautilus. They were all creative and interesting with a really solid story. But "What Fear Said" was absolutely my favorite, with the perfect touch of humor, a solid story it was great and I loved it. The queer content in this is STELLAR. All positive, charming portrayals of girls who are into girls. Not every st [...]

    7. Valor is an anthology of fairy tales, illustrated or in comic format, about women and girls who need approximately 0 rescuing. I Kickstarted this ages ago and was thrilled to finally get my copy in the mail last week. As with any anthology that's crowdfunded and put together as a side project (and labor of love), the writing in Valor is such a mixed bag that I would have been much harsher with my review had this been put together by a publishing house. The three or four short stories were especi [...]

    8. I think my expectations for this anthology were too high. While I thoroughly enjoyed a few stories (including 'What Fear Said', 'Lady Tilda and the Dragon', and 'Godfather Death), I found majority of the written content/ dialogue in the collection was lacking. I think the anthology as a whole could have benefitted from more detailed and constructive editing. Perhaps allowing fewer stories in the collection would have given authors a chance to write more conclusive stories. Majority of the storie [...]

    9. An anthology of fairy tale retellings, focusing on strong female lead characters. Most of the stories are told in comic format, though there are a few prose stories as well. As usual in anthologies with a multitude of creators, the quality does vary a bit. But I'm pleased to report that I at least liked every story. The weak links just aren't that weak, and the strongest stories are really wonderful. There's some truly spectacular art in here, too. I just really wish that the original story for [...]

    10. A comics anthology that transcends my hard-earned prejudice against anthologies! A collection of 23 short stories - most comics, a few prose - that "pays homage to the strength, resourcefulness, and cunning of female heroines in fairy tales." Some of the stories are re-creations of existing fairy tales, while some are new. It's an extremely diverse collection that includes women and girls of color, queer and trans characters, and stories rooted in a variety of cultures. The editors did a great j [...]

    11. The art is stunning, the quality of the publication is nice, and most of the stories are top-notch. I was confused by the Crane Wife's -- not sure what the ending is we're supposed to understand. Other great stories stop mid-page left you wanting to know what happened. I don't say that as in, "Oh, this would be a great longer story." No, it just STOPS mid-action. My favorite story is probably Prunella though the India-inspired The Little Mermaid is also a wonderful read.

    12. I had been waiting for over a year to receive this book, had my mom wrap it and put it under the Christmas tree, and god was it worth it ♥ It felt so nice to finally see girls be the heroes of their own adventures and -gasp!!- not always find ~love and happiness~. Some stories would have deserved a bit more of development than a few pages in my opinion, and left me quite confused, but the overall quality of the other ones largely compensate it.

    13. Excellent anthology of stories by mostly (entirely?) webcomic authors and artists. The creators reference an array of cultures, folktales and myths. Delightfully high in diversity, including some same-sex romances, and with a variety of stories from mostly humorous to rather dark. The art is varied and excellent; the stories are creative with well-rounded characters and unexpected plot twists. Appropriate for most teens and will delight graphic novel fans in that age range as well as adults.

    14. I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It was a collection of comics and short stories of fairy tales with women as the main characters. There was a lot of diversity and LGBT representation was well. My only quibble is that some of the short stories could have benefited from an additional edit for grammar.

    15. A fantastic set of stories that I will be acquiring in print form for my nieces. Great retellings of many classic fairytales with a mind on making girls the center of their own stories. Art and action combine to make great stories!

    16. Loooooooooooove. So much love. Great stories. Love the representation! Love the art. So much love. Everyone should read these :)

    17. It's so, so rare to see a collection of fairy tales, written in English, that not only focuses on women but women of diverse ethnicity and orientations. This book does all that in ~300 pages of gorgeous, full colored pages. It features works by many of the well-known online artists and writers. I usually hate anthologies because usually I only like one or two of the stories in each collection-- I initially got the pdf for this in order to support my favorite artists / discover other artists. Aft [...]

    18. Soooooo diverse, so beautiful one of those books that helps me realise there is a lot more then cis-white middle-income romance and/or fantasy books out there. I must find and read them all

    19. This was a wonderful collection! I rarely enjoy all of the stories in books with multiple authors, but this is an exception! Lovely work all around.

    20. Let's get some ratings out of the way!Prunella/Megan Lavey-Heaton (writer) & Isabelle Melançon (co-writer and artist): I love these two from the webcomic Namesake and I supported the Kickstarter for this book mostly for them. It's a really cute story to start off with great art and a classic tone. 4 stars.Little Fish/Emily Hann: This retelling of the Little Mermaid has a solid story and artwork, but it doesn't particularly stand up as well to the rest. Still has a ton of heart to enjoy, as [...]

    21. This is a lovely collection from some of my favorite web-comic writers and artists, including the team behind "Namesake." The art is beautiful and the stories are retellings and twists on more obscure fairy tales (including Snow White and Rose Red, a childhood favorite of mine). All of the stories are told from a female-centric viewpoint and many of them have strong LGBTQ themes at a G rating, something that's often difficult to find. There's also a huge spread of cultures represented both in th [...]

    22. when it was good it was very very good and when it was bad it was mediocrethis was a great collection! it could have done with another round of proof-editing -- one of the text stories in particular really would've benefited from another pair of eyes -- but i enjoyed myself immensely overall. even the worst of the stories committed no greater sin then being too straightforward retellings, nothing bad, just okay. i'm too lazy to review story by story so for a sample i'm gonna copy-paste what i me [...]

    23. Great retelling of fairy tales in a more female friendly way. With so many, a new trope has popped up of same sex happily ever afters. When it works, it is great but when it doesn't it seems like a gotcha. There are some great stories in here and they deserve to be read. The few that break the mold do really well.It makes me wonder what modern fairy tales would look like if given a bit more reality, not like the modern urban fantasy but actual fairy tales. I would like to see more where there wa [...]

    24. This book was enjoyable but there were some problems with it. For instance, the story switched from comics to writing and that was a bit annoying. Also, it was annoying to have to go from story to the beginning and then back to the story if I wanted to read a biography of one of the authors and then the author bios weren't organized by alphabetical order. It just felt sort of disorganized. The stories themselves were beautiful and gripping. I loved the idea that all of the stories were written f [...]

    25. I supported the kickstarter to get this anthology funded and received my hardcopy this week - and it was well worth the wait! What an exciting collection of stories! Each one different and unique, some retellings of old, well-known stories and others re-imaginings. There's a plethora of variety in terms of story types and art styles. Some are certainly stronger than others, but overall there's definitely something for everyone. It isn't just "nondescript fantasy world", I loved that there were s [...]

    26. Anthology of folk/fairy tale retellings of ladies being awesome in comics and short stories! With lots of queer and POC characters! I of course heartily approve of this premise and I'm happy that this exists.That said, this could definitely have used some more editing work -- there are a lot of typos and other mistakes in some of the stories and that's pretty distracting. Also some of the stories felt a bit *too* abbreviated and I had a hard time figuring out what those stories were trying to be [...]

    27. My friend bought a copy of this at ECCC this year and let me borrow it when we got home (since she'd already finished reading it). Its kind of hard to rate an anthology series because obviously some of the stories are going to be better written or more compelling than others, but overall I found that I really enjoyed reading this. I'd actually read a few of the comics in this book on tumblr already, and most of those were my favorites from the book, though I really liked most of the new ones too [...]

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