All posts by Rachael Conrad

Weekend Reads: Vacationland

Vacationland, John Hodgman As someone who has lived most of her life in Massachusetts and spent summers vacationing with family on an island in Maine, I can unselfishly say that John Hodgman’s book, Vacationland, felt like it was written for me. In fact, there’s a

Spotlight: Paradiso

In the strange, dangerous, and dystopic world that the characters of Ram V and Dev Pramanik’s comic Paradiso inhabit, a cataclysmic event known only as The Midnight heralded the collapse of civilization as we now know it. Centuries later, all that remains of the old world is the

Spotlight: The Wilds

In Vita Ayala and Emily Pearson’s gorgeous upcoming comic with Black Mask Studios, The Wilds, a devastating plague has swept across America leaving it in ruins. The remaining survivors have formed city-state-like communities in order to survive. Daisy Walker is a Runner for the compound

Comic Book Wednesday: Misfit City #2

Misfit City #2, Kirsten ‘Kiwi’ Smith, Kurt Lustgarten, & Naomi Franquiz Shenanigans and hi-jinx continue in issue number two of Boom! Box’s wonderful Goonies-inspired story, Misfit City, and it’s just as fun and full of laugh-out-loud moments as its predecessor. While the first issue of

Comic Book Wednesday: No. 1 With a Bullet

No. 1 With a Bullet #1, Jacob Semahn & Jorge Corona Most of the people I know (nerds and non-nerds alike) are heavily technology-dependent. Whether it’s their iPhone, watch, tablet, terrifying sentient desktop robot (here’s looking at you, Alexa) or computer, it’s guaranteed that they’re

Weekend Reads: Artemis

Artemis, Andy Weir Andy Weir’s first novel, The Martian, was a brilliant book. So brilliant in fact that Hollywood turned it into a pretty brilliant movie starring Matt Damon. Artemis is, without a doubt, Weir’s sophomore slump. It’s a solid science fiction novel (more heavy

Weekend Reads: The Nest

The Nest, Kenneth Oppel  In the interest of keeping the spooky train rolling this month, I decided to FINALLY read The Nest by Kenneth Oppel. It had been in my TBR pile for a while, and after dealing with my own wasp infestation I figured

Comic Book Wednesday: The Witch Boy

The Witch Boy, Molly Ostertag Molly Ostertag’s The Witch Boy is a gorgeously illustrated graphic novel that, in a way accessible to readers of all ages, tackles the fear of ostracism so many people suffer from because they are different from what our contemporary society

Weekend Reads: Stranded

Stranded, Bracken MacLeod Every year before Halloween I try to read as many terrifying books. Bracken MacLeod’s brilliant, mind-boggling novel, Stranded, had me on edge from the first page to the last. Equal parts Twilight Zone, Cabin Fever, and The Man Who Ate His Boots,

Comic Book Wednesday: Angelic #1

Angelic #1, Simon Spurrier & Caspar Wijngaard To be perfectly honest with you, I’ve never been one for monkeys. With the exception of orangutans, I’ve never seen the appeal (they have fangs and walk on their hands, so no thanks.) Needless to say, I was

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