Written & Created by: Tee Franklin
Art by: Jenn St-Onge
Colors by: Joy San
Letters b: Cardinal Rae
Edited by: Erica Schultz
Cover by: Gisele Lagace
Logo by: Kevin Maher
*I backed this twice (one for me and one for my sis) on Kickstarter and just finished reading the PDF.*
When I first heard about this graphic novel on Twitter I knew that I wanted to get a copy. First of all the artwork caught my eye. Secondly the premise sounded great and intriguing. And finally because bingo is part of my childhood I played it first at church and then later on as a young adult at synagogue.
The writing is awesome. Ms. Franklin does an excellent job expressing the emotions and feelings of each character. After reading I know for certain that the characters in this book are just as real as anyone that I would meet in real life. Not only that, the author does and exceptional job of capturing the journey of Hazel and Mari’s quest for true love. As you read you feel the pain, anger, sadness and joy of the story.
The artwork is phenomenal and showcases the diverse and inclusive characters. So many black hairstyles, body types, ages, and skin colors! It put a smile on my face to see all of that showcased in this book.
What a beautiful book!
This is what I want to see and read about in comics. Bingo Love is an example of what-as Ms. Franklin has mentioned many times-seasoned comics looks like. I’m looking forward to more stories revolving around Hazel, Mari and their family and friends.
Preorder on Amazon or at your LCS code: DEC170648
And we’re back with part two of 28 films to watch this Valentines Day weekend (Read part one here). Here’s the list:
15. Romeo & Juliet
16. Ever After
17. The Graduate
18. He’s Just Not That Into You
19. This Means War
20. Don Jon
21. Love at first Bite
23. The Philadelphia Story
25. My Best Friend’s Wedding
26. Love Jones
27. The Princess Bride
28. Poetic Justice
These films not enough for you? No worries, here’s more film suggestions for you!
Pop Sugar has a list of 110 romantic titles streaming on Netflix.
Kyoko M.’s The Black Parade series concludes with the final novel The Holy Dark. At the end of She Who Fights Monsters, our heroine Jordan Amador had almost brought on the apocalypse, was a fugitive on the run (which was brought to an end by the president’s pardon), she had lost her best friend’s trust, and she’s estranged from husband, the archangel and commander of the Lord’s army Michael O’Brien.
When The Holy Dark begins, Jordan is continuing her mission of finding the remainder of the Judas coins while trying to keep one step ahead of the archdemons Moloch and Belial who want her dead. Can Jordan salvage her relationships? Can she stop the archdemons’ plan for world domination? As you read, you’re gonna go on one hell of a ride to find out.
At the beginning, the pacing is a little slow but after a few chapters, the story picks up and never slows down until you reach the end. Just when you thought you’ve learned all you could about the characters there’s more that has yet to be revealed. The characters themselves continue their personal journeys and learn that they can’t go through life carrying their burdens alone, that they work better as a team.
Reading the book one theme is constantly present throughout. The word ‘ohana’ comes to mind to describe it-you know the word from the Disney movie Lilo and Stitch. In Hawaiian, ‘ohana’ means family and family means no one gets left behind. That theme is prominent in the story.
Overall I loved this book.
I’ve enjoyed watching these characters grow and come into their own from start to finish. I’ve enjoyed the pop references, humor, romance, sex, sadness, and anger that is depicted in each book. With the lack of creativity and diversity being discussed in the publishing, TV and Film industries, Kyoko M.’s The Black Parade series brings something new to the table. I hope to see the series brought to life on the big screen.
I want to thank Kyoko for sharing her talents with us and bringing readers this series. I look forward to reading more of her work.