Stargazer Volume 1: an original all-ages graphic novel

by Von Allan | Graphic Novels |
ISBN: 0978123727 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingPooker3wing of Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on 9/13/2010
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6 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by wingPooker3wing from Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Monday, September 13, 2010
I promised a certain Canadian graphic novelist that I'd buy his two books. I did. This is his most recent.

Journal Entry 2 by wingPooker3wing at Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Monday, October 04, 2010
Well, what an appealing story! It's as if Dorothy ditched Toto and got to bring two friends along and, instead of Oz, they all landed on another planet. A planet with a really neato sky, I might add, and at least one friendly inhabitant so far - a robot that anticipates their needs and seems to want to look after them. My only complaint, so let's get that out of the way, was that it was too short. I wasn't ready for the story to end where it did. To be continued! Ah gee....Where's the fuzzy brown guy pictured on the cover? Von Allan had better get crackin' on volume two is all I can say.

In all seriousness, I think that Stargazer has gobs of potential to be a really exciting adventure series. And, while it appeals to me as a 50 years plus (that's hardly even middle-aged right?) woman, I can imagine that kids, boys and girls, but girls of Marni's age especially will just love it. I suspect if there'd been such a realistic, yet magical and not just a little bit scarey series featuring some pretty darned with it girls when I was a kid, I'd have been all over it.

I love the girls. Their personalities are already clearly evident and although different from each other, I can relate to all of them. With Elora, I share a love of actual stargazing (incidentally instilled in me by a male school teacher when I was eleven. This teacher used to take four of us (me and three girlfriends) up into a pasture in the middle of the night to look at the stars. I learned more about astronomy in a few months than I learned about anything else in all the years I spent at school. I can't imagine a male teacher daring to provide the same experience for a bunch of pre-teen girls nowadays. Pity.)

I can relate to Marni's connection with her grandma. My grandparents were fun adventuresome folks too. I was lucky to have them in my life (and my children's lives) well into adulthood. I can't imagine how devastated I'd be to lose them early like Marni did. And Sophie, well she's just funky and spunky and just the sort of adventuresome spark you need in your life.

I'm really looking forward to the continued adventures of this threesome.

And while I may have been sulking to find the end of volume one where I did, I was delighted to find the "Extras" following. Especially neat was to be able to look into the mind of the author/artist as he created this story in the "Brainstorming" section. Some super posters and character sketches in the back too.

Journal Entry 3 by wingPooker3wing at Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Thursday, October 07, 2010
This book will travel!
Planned visits with:

1...iiwi (in the Netherlands)
2...Esme-Weatherwax (in Ireland - prefers UK/Euro shipping)
3...lucy-lemon (in the UK - can send back to N. Amer.)
4...Minerva101 (in Alberta)
5...aliaschase (in B.C.)
6...allthesepieces (in Pennsylvania - prefers N.Amer shipping)
7...you next?

and back home to Pooker3 - Home May 8/12

Journal Entry 4 by wingPooker3wing at Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Saturday, October 16, 2010

Released 9 yrs ago (10/16/2010 UTC) at Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada

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While we wait for Stargazer Volume 2, Marni, Elora and Sophie will have a more earthly adventure. They're off to visit iiwi in the Netherlands. Happy trails!

Journal Entry 5 by wingiiwiwing at Utrecht, Utrecht Netherlands on Friday, October 22, 2010
Received today.

Journal Entry 6 by wingiiwiwing at Utrecht, Utrecht Netherlands on Friday, November 05, 2010
This is not really my thing, not to say really not my thing. Way to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe or Wizzard of Oz for me, both I couldn't get anything out of. I'm really not fantasy guy.
I liked the first part though, the room of Marny is so detailed, you can wonder around in it for some time. I like the picknick cloth becoming the sail of the boat.

Journal Entry 7 by Esme-Weatherwax at Limerick, Co. Limerick Ireland on Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Thanks Pooker3 I look forward to reading this. Will mail on after the holidays

Journal Entry 8 by Esme-Weatherwax at Limerick, Co. Limerick Ireland on Monday, January 24, 2011
I enjoyed this story. However,it does have a feel that it is for kids, luckily in many ways I am a big kid. I loved adventure stories when I was a kid and Marni kind of reminded me of myself when I was that age. The fact that she was close to her grand-mom hit home as well. However, I do feel that the story was a bit slow paced and should have been longer. The art work I found to be ok. Would I read vol 2 of Stargazer, well yes I would.
* I liked the extras in the back of the book as well. Interesting to see how he got his ideas.
It is going on to lucy-lemon tomorrow.

Released 8 yrs ago (1/26/2011 UTC) at -- Controlled Release, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom

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off across the Irish sea

Journal Entry 10 by lucy-lemon at Llandudno, Wales United Kingdom on Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Oh dear :-( I was planning on coming online to make a JE apologising for having had the book for almost a month and not having had a chance to get round to them. And then I noticed that I didn't make an initial JE! Sorry. On a brighter note, I'm hoping to be able to send them off to the next person within a week or so.

Journal Entry 11 by Minerva101 at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Monday, July 04, 2011
This book arrived in the mail today! I was so happy - it feels like Canada Post has been on strike forever. I will read these and get them mailed within the next week or so.

Journal Entry 12 by Minerva101 at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Friday, July 15, 2011
Thanks for sharing this graphic novel, Pooker3. It was an interesting little book, but was`t totally awesome for me. The art is ok and the story concept a good one, but it dragged a little for me. The robot is cute....
Anyways, I have 2 teen children that I showed this book to thinking they might want to read it since they both love graphic novels, but it didn`t grab them.
All that being said it`s nice to have another Canadian talent to watch as he continues to publish and evolve his work.
I will be mailing this off to aliaschase tomorrow.

Journal Entry 13 by Minerva101 at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Friday, July 15, 2011

Released 8 yrs ago (7/15/2011 UTC) at Calgary, Alberta Canada

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Mailed to aliaschase today :)

Journal Entry 14 by aliaschase at Victoria, British Columbia Canada on Monday, July 25, 2011
I quite enjoyed this comic book! It was very imaginative and mysterious. It certainly ends in suspense, and hope to read the next volume, as I want to know what happens to the characters... There is also a nice bonus at the end of the book, with notes and drawings from the author, that gave a glimpse into all the work that goes into constructing and putting together a graphic novel. I got this in the mail as a BookRing, and will be sending it off to the next person on the list sometime next week...

Journal Entry 15 by wingPooker3wing at Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Home! Thanks everyone for participating. And thank you aliaschase for sending the book home. As I told aliaschase, I plan to "donate" this book to a bookseller in town in an effort to convince him to stock (& support) Canadian graphic novelists.

Journal Entry 16 by wingPooker3wing at Book Fair - 340 Portage Avenue in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Monday, June 25, 2012

Released 7 yrs ago (6/25/2012 UTC) at Book Fair - 340 Portage Avenue in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada

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I left this book and another Von Allen graphic novel, The Road to God Knows, at the front counter (so I could provide some history about the books' world travels) with the suggestion that the books could be given away, sold or, for that matter, kept by the owner. So we'll see what happens.

To the finder of this book:

This book was released today as part of the Canada Day release challenge running from June 23 to July 2 in celebration of Canadian books and authors. I hope you enjoy the book and Happy Canada Day on July 1st!
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