Saturday, August 30, 2014

Lumberjanes, Issue 1 Review

I was excited to take the girls to Titan Comics last weekend to buy some buttons from the new machine.  The buttons feature Atlanta artists, many who participate in Free Art Friday Atlanta.  The buttons were the big draw for the girls, but I also wanted to pick up a copy of Lumberjanes for them.

I had happened upon the Tumblr of Noelle Stevenson when searching for illustrators one day and saw her post on her new comic.  I liked the concept, a bunch of girls at camp who go on mysterious adventures.  I figured it would be a great one for the girls to enjoy.  I have a tendency to get overly excited about anything that is female-centric that places girls in powerful roles.

Although the art is fun and solid, the story itself was disappointing.  It felt like we missed the first issue or that there was a prequel that we should have already read.  The characters weren't clearly defined and the story was a little convoluted.  I didn't mind the oddness or quirkiness of the story, including the multiple-eyed wolves or the ominous chant of "Holy Kitten," but I did think it was sad that I only could name one character in the comic after reading it.  That one character was the reluctant cabin counselor, Jen, who made a brief appearance at the end, but that appearance revolved around her being called the wrong name by the camp director (which is the only reason I knew her name).

I'm apprehensive to give the comic another try since it didn't really resonate with the girls.  Maybe I had set my expectations too high, but I don't think it delivered on being the right comic for them.  The next batch of buttons will be released in a couple of weeks, so we'll see if issue #2 works better.

Lumberjanes #1, with Atlanta Artist Buttons

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Free Amazon MP3 from Shazam

For Android users in the United States, Shazam and Amazon MP3 will give you a credit for an MP3 purchase when you tag a song.

A few tips:

- Update your Shazam app to the latest version. I didn't see the credit option until I updated mine.

- You can get the credit from a previous tag.  Just click My Tags and then click on one of the songs. 


- Once you click to claim the credit it will provide you with $1.29 in MP3 credits on your Amazon account.  You do not have to purchase the song you tagged.

The promotion is valid through July 31, 2014.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Necessity is the Mother of Invention

There's nothing like realizing at 11:00 on the night of Easter's Eve that you don't have grass for your Easter baskets.  Luckily,  we had leftover crepe streamers from a previous birthday party that I trimmed up to put in the basket.  Not perfect,  but it works (and is recyclable).

Hope everybody has a great Easter!