The Fat Girl Love Club, Volume 1

Woof. The Fat Girl Love Club, Volume 1 is an exercise in determination for me. Let’s review this comic to see why.

What’s This Comic About?

Fat Girl Love Club is the story of a young teenage girl named Becky. She’s, for all intents and purposes, a Jesus fanatic. As in, writes fanfiction about Jesus and Mary Magdalene. The comic opens with a fiberglass statue of Jesus being struck by lightning, Becky seeing this on the news (and being heartbroken about it), and then Becky scrambling and trying to find the ashes of the statue in order to bury them.

The metaphor is that fiberglass doesn’t create ashes when it’s set on fire. It evaporates into nothing. Just like a lot of things in Becky’s life in this issue.

Becky’s mom is a flea market master, but not a loved one. And through a series of unfortunate dealings, Becky’s mom is arrested and sent to jail, and Becky is sent to live with an uncle who, in her worldview, “lives in sin.”

Why I Have a Hard Time With this Comic

This comic is an exercise in determination for me because I grew up in a part of Ohio with a LOT of Beckys. But I was not a Becky.

I was not the kid who laughed about the Jesus statue melting, but I wasn’t going to go try and find the statue’s ashes to bury them. But I knew kids who would do that.

And those kids were absolutely nasty to me when I was growing up.

There’s also the portrayal of poverty that hits a little too close to home for me. In the comic, Becky lives in a trailer park, in a trailer filled with her mom’s boxes, until she has to live with her uncle. The ink washes in this book do an excellent job of portraying how dirty and crowded such a living situation is. But that does not mean it’s flattering.

What Did I Like About This Book?

Honestly, I don’t like this book. But I appreciate it.

I appreciate its honest portrayal of poverty, of fanatic devotion to a religious figure, and of a point of view of a character whom I would normally have a difficult time empathizing with.

This book does a great job making you empathize with Becky, even if you normally would not like Becky in real life. And that’s the mark of a good storyteller.

So, kudos to you, Gabby Metzler. You made a comic I can appreciate.

You can find out more about this book (and maybe even read or buy a copy) through Gabby’s website.

Once you read it, let me know in the comments what you thought of the comic. Let’s get a discussion going.

Thank you for reading!

You. Are. Awesome.

The Great Witch Artemis: Arledge Comics Announces First Graphic Novel

“Art is amazing… deadpan humor is on point. It read like a cartoon, and I had fun on the ride.” John Horsley, Spoiler Country Podcast.

“The Great Witch Artemis is a fantastically written story that has strong characters, engaging dialogue, and a great sense of adventure. I give this 10/10.” James Kniseley, Paladins Comic.

Arledge Comics returns with their second Kickstarter of 2019: The Great Witch Artemis. After six successful Kickstarter campaigns, ranging from ComixCentral award-winning Alex Priest to first-run anthology Trial Run, the indie comics publisher is preparing to kick-start their first graphic novel, The Great Witch Artemis.

This graphic novel is written by first-time graphic novel writer, Bryce Beal (Gambling the Isles, upcoming My Kingdom for a Panel anthology), illustrated by Scott Malin (Alex Priest, The World’s Worst Bounty Hunter), and edited by Jenn Arledge (Alex Priest, Future Girl). The novel will include 78 black and white pages.

“I’m really excited about this one,” said Jenn Arledge, “It’s really on brand for Arledge Comics, and it represents our growing catalog really well.”

As for what Bryce Beal and Scott Malin think? “TGWA is, to this day, our favorite comic,” the two said, “We’re just two guys who wanted to write something fun, something to make people laugh, and we hope you love this story as much as we do.”

MORE ABOUT THE GREAT WITCH ARTEMIS:

She’s a nobody living in a nothing town. Much as it would suck, she wants to hate magic and go back to her old life as a potato farmer. Few people remember her, anyway. It’s hard to believe this fall from grace started with a sneeze. Confidence destroyed, she’s all but given up. That is, until she meets Emmett, a superfan who will stop at nothing to return her to her former glory.

The Kickstarter for The Great Witch Artemis starts February 22nd (that’s today) and runs until March 15th. Arledge Comics hopes to raise $1,000 during the run of this campaign. Rewards for backers include books, prints, pins and a custom USB flash drive which houses special behind-the-scenes moments from the production of the graphic novel. Stretch goals for this Kickstarter include the following:

$1,500: Backers receive both pins instead of one
$2,000: Postcard Print
$2,500: Sticker set.

Check it out here!