Review: Bingo Love

Bingo Love

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.

10/10

Preorder on Amazon or at your LCS code: DEC170648

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Free Download: VDAY Poetry ebook Giveaway

February has arrived and that means Valentine’s Day’s around the corner.  It also means that my yearly VDAY Poetry ebook Giveaway is on once more. Every year in February I giveaway free ebook copies of my romance poetry book The Unconsciousness of an Ethiopian Princess: To Love and Know Thyself (Vol.2) (You may know the book by its previous title Attack On Love).

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Originally titled Attack On Love, “To love and know thyself is to grow and change…” is the premise of volume two To Love and Know Thyself in T.C. Harrison’s The Unconsciousness of an Ethiopian Princess series. In this book, T.C. shares poems inspired from their experiences dealing with love and relationships.

You can get your free ebook copy here.  February 14th aka VDAY is the last day you’ll be able to score you a copy. Also stay tuned because on that day I’ll have a surprise for you.

Enjoy your Wednesday! Happy Black History Month!

Movie Marathon: 28 Films to Watch this Valentines Day Weekend Part 2

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

22. Hitch

23. The Philadelphia Story

24. Moonstruck

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.

Reading Outside Your Comfort Zone

Happy Manic Monday! I hope you had a wonderful Independence Day weekend. I attempted to rest, watch movies, and even make my own Captain America shield from cardboard and acrylic paint do a dress cosplay of the character for the 4th.  You can see that on my Instagram (more on that in another post).

Aside from the things mentioned above, I also did some reading.  If you didn’t know, I enjoy reading, I have since I was a kid. Three years ago I decided to participate in GoodReads Reading Challenge and I continue to do so this year. I have a goal of reading 60 books and so far I’ve read 47. In addition to reading more books, I’ve taken it upon myself to read books that are outside my comfort zone.

I dislike the romance genre, it’s not my thing. If a book or film  has romance in it but other important stuff is going on it’s fine but if the book or film is straight up romance, then I won’t read or see it. Granted, I’ve watched a couple of romantic comedies, but even then there was other things going on which distracted me from the romance aspect.

For instance, I’m a Ryan Gosling fan and have seen most of his films, but I will never see The Notebook, I just can’t do it.  I have nothing personal against romance, it’s just not a genre that I enjoy. I love action, sci-fi, comedy, and horror, and history. That’s what I enjoy reading and watching.

Speaking of The Notebook, I have never watched any of the films that are based on the books by Nicholas Sparks nor have I read any of his books…until now.

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That’s right, yours truly has decided to step out of my comfort zone and read a genre that I’m not feeling.  Last week I took the small step of browsing and ultimately borrowing The Lucky One written by Nicholas Sparks. I started reading it and so far…I…I like it.  I haven’t gotten to far into the story but it’s keeping my interest.

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You know who’s fault it is? Zac Efron. He’s one of my celebrity crushes-first thing I saw him in is Summerland (a great show that was canceled after 2 seasons ending on a bloody cliffhanger!) and I saw the trailer for The Lucky One ( a lot of Sparks’ books have been turned into films-Dear John, The Last Song, A Walk to Remember, The Notebook) and that got me curious. Not to curious to watch the movie (or watch High School Musical in fact the only other thing I’ve seen him in is Hairspray)-let’s not get crazy here folks-but curious enough to grab the novel off the shelf and look at it a few times before giving in and reading it.

I don’t know how this is going to go, I’m definitely going to finish the book and I’ll let you know how it goes, but first…I have finish reading Jaws.  I’m not going down without a fight romance!

 

Book Review: The Holy Dark by Kyoko M.

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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.

5/5

Purchase here.