Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Drama: a graphic novel review
Graphix, copyright 2012
Callie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school's production of Moon Over Mississippi, she can't really sing. Instead she's the set designer for the drama department stage crew, and this year she's determined to create a set worthy of Broadway on a middle-school budget. But how can she, when she doesn't know much about carpentry, ticket sales are down, and the crew members are having trouble working together? Not to mention the onstage AND offstage drama that occurs once the actors are chosen. And when two cute brothers enter the picture, things get even crazier!
The description sums it up pretty well. Callie loves theater. Callie builds theater sets. Callie meets other theater lovers. Middle-school antics ensue. I wasn't overly enthusiastic about this particular title. The artwork is fun and interesting, but the characters lack something. I'm not exactly sure what...I guess depth. And while I applaud not being afraid of diversity and tackling sensitive issues, in this case homosexuality, it seemed too stereotypical and a bit overdone in this particular story. Kudos to showing tweens who have a passion for extracurricular activities outside of sports and who actually follow through on tasks.
If you're looking for a graphic novel option without superheroes that is set in a middle school, take a look at Drama by Raina Telgemeier.