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Graphic Novel Review 334/365: As The Crow Flies

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Hey, all! I have some cool things coming your way in June, so make sure that you are checking back every day. I appreciate you for reading.

It’s Saturday of Denver Comic Con, so that means tonight is the EGL Awards!  I’m super excited, and again, honored to be a judge for the first year of the awards.  I read a ton of books for the award, but speaking to some other judges, I’m jealous that I did not get a chance to read the other category entries.  One of the entries that was making noise among my comics peeps is As The Crow Flies.

And you know me.  This morning, I went to the show floor, found Melanie Gillman, bought the book, read the book, and now I present to you my review of the book!

Title: As The Crow Flies   

Author(s): Melanie Gillman

Publisher: Iron Circus Comics (2017)

Age Rating: 13+

I moderated a panel yesterday about building a representation book shelf in the classroom.  In that discussion, I mentioned my blog posts from last week, featuring the top ten LGBTQ titles that I’ve reviewed thus far this year.  One of the panelists mentioned that it was amazing that I was able to say “top ten LGBTQ titles this year.”  And I’d have to agree.  We are seeing such a cool boom of LGBTQ representation in comics, and As The Crow Flies continues that awesome trend.

As The Crow Flies gives us a look into a chunk of time that is less than a week of Charlie’s life.  Charlie, a thirteen-year-old, queer, black student has been sent to an all-girls, Christian, summer camp to explore religion, friendship, and what it means to be a woman.

Straight forward and to the point, As The Crow Flies quickly gets a small group of girls and two counselors on a hike that is promised to end in a unique women bonding experience tradition.

The art is simple.  Large panels presented in colored pencil set the stage for the mostly awkward trip on which Charlie finds herself.  But this book is not about highly-detailed, complex images.  It’s about human interaction and discussions that allow for not only the characters to develop on the pages of the book, but also for us as readers to question our own microcosm of reality.

There is a good amount to unpack in this gem.  I won’t discuss specifics because this book, including the ending is an exploration that you are on with Charlie.  A good book to discuss with students and children, As The Crow Flies is a book to be celebrated during Pride Month and read enthusiastically the rest of the year.

Happy reading!

Eric

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