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‘Giant Days #1:’ Comic Book Review

My first question is: Why isn’t this on television? A place mostly void of intelligent, female-centric entertainment that is equally hilarious, I become more and more angered at the television billboards I see scattered across LosAngeles of five-men-and-two-women sitcom casts with no real differentiation between the female characters who giggle and coo at the camera.

Giant Days is an answer to the male dominant industries of entertainment, casually reminding everyone that stories about young females don’t have to be about vampires. It gives us three college-age gals, three-dimensional, brilliantly flawed, but incredibly likeable, college age gals who simply do their thing. And, that’s about all we need to see them do. This book, in some ways, has the energy of Strangers in Paradise when it first hit the shelves back in the 1990s, but with a stronger, inherent wit and less melodrama, like Spaced, but without all the fanboy love. In fact, these girls don’t show themselves to be fangirls. Just people. For this joy of a book, we have writer John Allison, a British chap who’s had some success with web series (Bobbins, Scary Go Round, Bad Machinery), to thank for bringing us this trifecta of female frenzy that had me laughing out loud throughout. I’ve always liked the British sense of humor, and he shows his hand is all spades.

Lissa Treiman is a Disney artist who has worked on the likes of Big Hero Six and Wreck it Ralph. With Giant Days, her first ongoing series, she’s allowed to break away from the Disney mold and give us some positively enjoyable characters to watch. Her visual work is playful and highly effective when it comes to allowing us to connect and laugh at the different types of people we see pass through the panels. She captures every emotional detail while remaining true to her animated roots.

This is a win for both of them and is a good sign that comics continue to be one of the stomping grounds for trying what shouldn’t even be considered bold and different but for some reason is, because creative corporations haven’t figured out the obvious yet – that women-led storylines are awesome and can be enjoyed by everyone just as much, if not more so, than a male-dominated story world. Vive le Giant Days. I look forward to issue two.




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