BOOKS

 Stefani Sloma

Book Review: Me Being Me Is Exactly as Insane as You Being You by Todd Hasak-Lowy

Book Review: Me Being Me Is Exactly as Insane as You Being You by Todd Hasak-Lowy

Me Being Me Is Exactly as Insane as You Being You by Todd Hasak-Lowy is written exclusively in lists, and unfortunately the format mixed with a lot of pointless lists made for a book that I couldn’t finish. ME BEING ME IS EXACTLY AS INSANE AS YOU BEING YOU AUTHOR: Todd Hasak-Lowy PUBLISHER: Simon Pulse RELEASE […]

 Hayley Knighten

BOOK REVIEW: Divergent Series by Veroncia Roth

BOOK REVIEW: Divergent Series by Veroncia Roth

With the Insurgent movie opening next month, I figured it was time for me to buckle down and finish the Divergent series by Veronica Roth. Divergent I read the first installment, Divergent last year and, I’ll be honest, I wasn’t impressed. While the plot was interesting, the writing fell flat. Dystopian Chicago was intriguing, but […]

 Hayley Knighten

Book Review: Penpal by Dathan Auerbach

Book Review: Penpal by Dathan Auerbach

You know those crane machines filled with cheap stuffed toys and the occasional awesome one that you simply must have? Penpal is a lot like those. The writing is long-winded and poorly paced, but if you’re patient, you will find the story is worth the trouble and the purse full of coins it costs to buy the book. […]

 Lesley Aeschliman

New Manga Releases for the Week of February 10, 2015

New Manga Releases for the Week of February 10, 2015

This week sees new manga releases from Dark Horse Comics, Digital Manga, Kodansha Comics, Seven Seas Entertainment, Vertical Comics, and VIZ Media. Ajin: Demi-Human Vol. 3 by Tsuina Miura Vertical Comics – MSRP: $12.95 Buy it! Ajin, Volume 3 (Demi-Human) The series focuses on a student named Kei Nagai, who discovers that he’s an immortal […]

 Stefani Sloma

Book Review: This Is the Life by Alex Shearer

Book Review: This Is the Life by Alex Shearer

Parts of This Is the Life by Alex Shearer were interesting and poignant, but it felt forced and awkward at times, so overall, it wasn’t a hit. This is the Life AUTHOR: Alex Shearer PUBLISHER: Atria Books GENRE: Fiction, Contemporary, Illness LENGTH: 240 pages RELEASE DATE: February 3, 2015 Want to give This is the Life […]

 Hayley Knighten

Book Review: Suffer the Children by Craig DiLouie

Book Review: Suffer the Children by Craig DiLouie

Like a car crash, Suffer the Children by Craig DiLouie is tragic and horrifying, but no matter how much you may want to, you simply cannot look away.   Suffer the Children Author: Craig DiLouie Publisher: Permuted Press Genre: Horror Pages: 352 Release date: May 20, 2014 Sound like your cup of tea? Then buy […]

 Hayley Knighten

Book Review: Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix

Book Review: Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix

At first glance Horrorstör, the novel by Grady Hendrix, designed to look like an Ikea catalog, looks like a clever marketing gimmick or a parody without substance. But readers, I promise you, like the Orsk store at the center of this plot, Horrorstör is full of surprises. I recommend getting your hands on a physical […]

 Sarah Eitelberg

Voltron: From Days of Long Ago: A Thirtieth Anniversary Celebration

Voltron: From Days of Long Ago: A Thirtieth Anniversary Celebration

What better way to make you feel old than a seeing a beloved childhood TV show have a 30th anniversary? Seems like just yesterday I was sitting in front of my parent’s little 15-inch television eating cereal in my pajamas and watching Voltron: Defender of the Universe! I sat, entranced, as these young space explorers battled to […]

 Ryan Thomason

WPR STAFF 2014 Holiday Gift Guide – READ EDITION

WPR STAFF 2014 Holiday Gift Guide – READ EDITION

Mmm. Books. Comics, Graphic Novels, or your good old fashioned novel. We love reading and well, it’s good for everyone. So, here are the staff picks of things you should be putting on your holiday gift guide to read! CHECK OUT OUR OTHER 2014 GIFT GUIDES: WATCH, PLAY Conan Volume 17 Shadows Over Kush This […]

 Stefani Sloma

Book Review: The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Book Review: The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Marie Lu’s new book The Young Elites was my first book by her, but I am ridiculously impressed. It’s incredible. THE YOUNG ELITES AUTHOR: Marie Lu PUBLISHER: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers RELEASE DATE: October 7, 2014 GENRE: Young Adult, Fantasy LENGTH: 355 pages Get a copy of The Young Elites for your bookshelf now! […]

 Stefani Sloma

Ten Halloween Reads

Ten Halloween Reads

It’s Halloween! I’m sure I’m not the only book lover who has books they like to read during a certain time of year. This is a list of books that I recommend to read around Halloween. They are all different genres. Some are “classics” and some are newer. None of them are necessarily Halloween-themed, but […]

 Adrienne Fox

Buy This Book and You Can Draw Monstrously Funny Cartoons Too

Buy This Book and You Can Draw Monstrously Funny Cartoons Too

I tried my hand at some vampire cartoons courtesy of the instructions from Christopher Hart and his new book Monstrously Funny Cartoons. While I doubt I have a career in art, I had fun reading through the witty text and following Hart’s sketch tips. Monstrously Funny Cartoons Author: Christopher Hart Publisher: Watson-Guptil Release date: October […]

 Ryan Thomason

Adventure Time – Title cards book is MATHEMATICAL

Adventure Time – Title cards book is MATHEMATICAL

Ah, the first thing you see at the start of every episode is a beautifully done Title Card that it typically has nothing to really do with the episode. When I last talked to Adventure Time background artist Derek Hunter, he said that typically the storyboard artist gets dibs on the Titlecard. These are pretty […]

 Sarah Eitelberg

Book Review: Make Comics Like the Pros

Book Review: Make Comics Like the Pros

Make Comics Like the Pros: The Inside Scoop on How to Write, Draw, and Sell Your Comic Books and Graphic Novels  Writers: Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente Publisher: Watson-Guptil Release date: September 9, 2014 Buy a copy for your own library! Pick up Make Comics Like the Pros: The Inside Scoop on How to […]

 Sarah Eitelberg

Book Review: Foundations in Comic Book Art by John Paul Lowe

Book Review: Foundations in Comic Book Art by John Paul Lowe

I’ve read through many an instructional art book in my time. Flipping through pages and pages,  searching for that one sentence or even paragraph that would hold the secret to being a great artist. That one thing that would take my mediocre talent and transform into a flourishing unique art skill that people would want […]