received for review
First off, no, that's not a typo. That's what I've decided to call nonfiction in the form of a graphic novel-- a graphic nonvel.
Second, many reviewers on GoodReads were disappointed (and apparently surprised) that this was not an in-depth biography of Gygax. So just to clear things up, this is NOT an in-depth biography of Gygax. It is, in fact, about the creation of D&D.
(Really, I thought that was evident from the title, but whatever.)
(Also, it's less than 150 pages... so you know it's not really "in-depth" anything.)
What this IS is a short interesting look at how D&D came to be.
The second person pov made it a little awkward to follow, I thought, but at the same time it's totally fitting. So it works. You just might have to pay more attention than you sometimes do.
(And by "you" I mean myself... because really.)
I was hoping to pass this one on to Boo and Mister (because at least one of them expressed some interest) but I'm not going to right at the moment because:
- Dripping condom picture. EW. ew ew ew ew ew ew ew Also ew.
- F word. It's only once, but really, did we need it in there? Sigh.
(Yes, I know they possibly hear it all and worse but a) they might not and b) there's a difference between things you hear out in the world and things your mom hands to you)
There are some other sensitive topics-- homosexuality, teens/college kids having sex, suicide-- but I could have probably dealt with having those conversations. Or at least deal with them sooner.
I maybe could have even gotten past the F word. (or scribbled it out... hey, it's my copy)
But the picture.
Overall, interesting and worth a look if you are interested in the topic. Just be aware there may be a certain maturity level.
(Before anyone starts ranting about profanity being realistic, just don't. I am well aware that there are people in the world who talk like that. That doesn't mean I have to like it. Personally I don't actually know people who talk like that, or if I do they have enough respect to not talk like that around me.)