by John Allison
Publication Date: November 2015
Length: 128 pages
Publisher: Boom! Box
Obtained Via: Bought
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Susan, Esther, and Daisy started at university three weeks ago and became fast friends. Now, away from home for the first time, all three want to reinvent themselves. But in the face of handwringing boys, “personal experimentation,” influenza, mystery mold, nuchauvinism, and the willful, unwanted intrusion of “academia,” they may be lucky just to make it to spring alive.
I need everyone to go and pick up Giant Days RIGHT NOW so we can all bask in the adorableness together forever. I’ve been reading comics and graphic novels for the past six months, but I’ve mainly been depending on the library instead of buying. A few weeks ago, though, I walked into my local comic book store for the first time and bought vol 1 of Giant Days because I didn’t want to leave empty handed.
A week later, I went back to pick up vol 2 because I NEEDED more. I absolutely adore everything about this series. I’ve read vol 1 & vol 2, so the first eight issues, and those issues were enough to make quite an impression on me. On an individual level, volume 1 was pretty near flawless. There was nothing about it I didn’t like. There was a subplot in volume 2 I found a bit boring, so I gave it a slightly lower rating on Goodreads, but on the whole the series just kept on being awesome. Instead of trying to review every individual piece of this comic, let me give you eight reasons you should read Giant Days.
Eight Reasons Why You Should Pick Up Giant Days
- The characters are FABULOUS. So our main characters are Susan, Esther, and Daisy. These three girls have nothing in common, but they live in the same college dorm and become friends and before the comic starts, became good friends. Esther is more of what one could call a “wild child” — a fan of partying, flirting, and drama, drama, drama. Daisy is a sheltered cinnamon roll, and Susan gets to be the “normal” one. All three girls are wonderful characters, and their friendship is EVERYTHING.
- McGraw. aka Susan’s enemy turned potential love interest from her hometown. He’s wonderful and I ship hard.
- Identity + Exploration. I think most people can relate to that feeling of still figuring out who you are when you’re technically an “adult”. Giant Days isn’t very serious, but there are some serious themes, and I’d say the theme of identity is probably the largest. There’s questioning and exploration for each of the girls as they still try to figure out who they are and where they fit in at their school.
- FUN. Honestly, Giant Days is just plain FUN. It’s cute and adorable. The art is a bit cartoon-y, which really works for particular comic.
- The dialogue is A+. I don’t remember when any piece of media made me laugh out loud as much as Giant Days does. I was reading this when my dad was visiting me, and when I laughed out loud he asked me what was so funny. I read the dialogue for the panel I had been reading out loud & even my dad laughed without knowing the context. It’s full of banter and so clever.
- SMART. The dialogue is clever. So is the story.
- The college experience. Giant Days is set in England, so of course the college experience is a bit different than what I experienced in an American school. However, some things — like the way sickness can spread like a plague when you have a bunch of early-20-year-olds trapped together — are universal. It’s also pretty rare to see a comic that’s realistic fiction rather than fantasy or sci-fi, in my experience, so I really like the unique perspective.
- FRIENDSHIP. I mentioned this a bit in my first point, but Giant Days really centers around the friendship of the three main characters. They are all incredibly different, but they’re there for each other(which sometimes means pushing each other a bit, but also offering comfort when necessary). They each get their own subplots, but the friendship is the glue.
I adore EVERYTHING about Giant Days, and I’ve started borrowing the single issues on Hoopla just so I continue reading it. It’s a really fantastic, underrated comic and I highly recommend it. 5/5 cupcakes.