Friday, November 28, 2014

Comics Friday: Soppy by Philippa Rice and V-Wars by Jonathan Maberry

The wildly popular web comic SOPPY--with more than half a million notes on Tumblr--is the illustrated love story of author Philippa Rice and her real-life boyfriend. True love isn't always about the big romantic gestures. Sometimes it's about sympathizing with someone whose tea has gone cold or reading together and sharing a quilt. When two people move in together, it soon becomes apparent that the little things mean an awful lot. The throwaway moments in life become meaningful when you spend them in the company of someone you love.

SOPPY is Philippa Rice's collection of comics and illustrations based on real-life moments with her boyfriend. From grocery shopping to silly arguments and snuggling in front of the television, SOPPY captures the universal experience of sharing a life together, and celebrates the beauty of finding romance all around us.
This book, you guys.  Oh man.  Honestly, I can't even tell you what prompted me to request it from NetGalley, because this is not a cover that would typically appeal to me.  It's very simplistic artwork and I wasn't sure if I'd be into it.  And then I read page one and fell in love.  This is the most adorable, whimsical, sweet romantic story of two people falling in love and moving in together.  Nothing happens, there isn't a plot.  It's just scenes from a relationship that are so perfectly spot-on I dare you not to relate.  Here are just a few pictures I took while reading and immediately texted to Luke because THIS IS US:

The warm fuzzies here are out of control.  I seriously can't rave enough.  I want prints of these to put on my wall and I will own a book in print on December 2, the minute it comes out.  Because it makes my heart so happy.

From Goodreads:
New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry takes you on a non-stop thrill ride of action, horror and suspense! Welcome to the V-WARS! These all-new tales chronicling the early days of the Vampire Wars offer the first salvo in the battle between humans and hundreds of new species of vampires! No matter how it ends, the world is going to bleed.
I wish I had more to say about this one as a whole.  I was super excited to see it because I'm a fan of vampires, especially those caused by a virus/contagion and I'm an even bigger fan of Jonathan Maberry.  So I had super high expectations for this comic series.

Unfortunately, it just didn't hit the spots I was looking for.  I was not a fan of the art - it just wasn't my style and didn't seem particularly well-done to me.  I'm seriously hesitant to even say that given how little of an expert I am on comic book art, but this one just didn't appeal to me visually in the same way others have.

As far as the writing was concerned, I thought it was good, but not memorable over-all.  Even now, just a week or two after having finished the comic, I'm having a hard time remembering all of the plot points.  It was an enjoyable read, but I don't anticipate finishing the series, or at least not going out of my way to find copies of new issues.  I could take it or leave it.

Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with copies of both comics.


  1. Omg those pages from Soppy gave me warm fuzzies too! Especially as my hubby and I are sitting here on the couch together, under a blanket, reading and I took a break to get on my phone... Hehe. Such sweet moments in those pics! Thanks for sharing. I'm gonna go look it up.

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