Sparks: An Urban Fairytale characters í 7

review Sparks: An Urban Fairytale

Sparks: An Urban Fairytale characters í 7 ↠ Dislillusioned by the drabness and difficulty of her life Jo builds the perfect man out of old car parts When this junk man magically comes to life it s up to Jo to teach him about the world Sparks is the story of a girl trying to fit in and with the help of a man made of junk find her own identParts When this junk man magically comes to life it s up to Jo to teach him about the world Sparks. This is a poignant often sad fantasy about the life of a girl who considers herself a failure leading a fairly miserable life even with her skills and a decent job It truly lives up to its moniker of fairy tale for it is as all good lore Gritty supernatural with a few morals to impart and a decidedly imperfect endingIt begins by introducing the characters the young woman Jo her drugged up mother her domineering cop father her coworkers at the shop She is an ace at fixing cars but d This is a poignant often sad fantasy about the life of a girl who considers herself a failure leading a fairly miserable life even with her skills and a decent job It truly lives up to its moniker of fairy tale for it is as all good lore Gritty supernatural with a few morals to impart and a decidedly imperfect endingIt begins by introducing the characters the young woman Jo her drugged up mother her domineering cop father her coworkers at the shop She is an ace at fixing cars but deeply depressed with a non existant social life Staying late one night she decides to build a humanoid out of spare parts simply as a lark but when lightning hits it it comes to life After understandable fright she takes it home and installs it in a room on the roof of her tenement and starts trying to teach it language and knowledge He eventually picks up a name from the neighbor who loves to play as King Arthur Galahad Jo slowly makes progress on teaching him with the help of a spell n speak to give him voice through flash cards and later many books from the library particularly about astronomyAt the same time she s trying to find her way around a social life with a few other young women visiting clubs and going on double dates Each seems to become one disappointment and disaster after another even an enjoyable and relaxed evening with a local magnate that leads to a night of passion ends up being a misunderstanding Here and there however her very imperfect friends and even family reveal sides of themselves she never knew giving her a glimpse into who they are deep inside But all of that comes to an abrupt end when Galahad saves her from her father s drunken abuse one night and they have to flee The end is triumphant passionate and heartbreaking and to saywould be to ruin the conclusion of a very fine storyThis is one of the few books that have truly affected me on a deep emotional level recently It s drawn in a style very similar to PvP enough so that I was drawn to it and picked it up for that reason alone but despite the comic appearances it s truly a very melancholy story full of sadness and pain and decadence with threads of wonder and hope running through it It deeply affected me at a time when I was dealing with similar circumstances The characters are all fully realized each beginning as almost cut outs only to expose their dreams and fears and becomereal The art becomes a metaphor to the way that we view people beginning simply as others that we pigeonhole until we get that glimpse inside and they suddenly become as human to us as to Jo It is the story of one girl growing up trying to come to grips with her past and her future The inspiration may be fantasy but the intensity of genuine emotion drips off every page in the words the expressions and in the stark bleakness of the large spreads We

Lawrence Marvit ☆ 7 review

Is the story of a girl trying to fit in and with the help of a man made of junk find her own identi. Loved this graphic novel It had an uniue story about a lonely mechanic girl who lives with a very abusive dad who s a cop and a mother who doesn t do anything to stop her abusive husband from terrorizing her or her daughter Josephine designs a robot called Galahad to be her companion and teaches him about mythology and astronomy and in doing so she becomes fascinated with the stars The ending was sad but fitting

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Sparks An Urban FairytaleDislillusioned by the drabness and difficulty of her life Jo builds the perfect man out of old car. Marvit s Sparks received an award from Friends of Lulu in 2000 for I imagine its portrayal of a uality female role And whatever the specifics of the award I m sure Sparks merited it It never ceases to amaze me how little recognized the book is The so called urban faery tale remains among that elite and fabled coalition of five star comics despite the fact that no one s ever heard of it I ve been singing its praises for seven years now and every last person who s read it on my recommenda Marvit s Sparks received an award from Friends of Lulu in 2000 for I imagine its portrayal of a uality female role And whatever the specifics of the award I m sure Sparks merited it It never ceases to amaze me how little recognized the book is The so called urban faery tale remains among that elite and fabled coalition of five star comics despite the fact that no one s ever heard of it I ve been singing its praises for seven years now and every last person who s read it on my recommendation has loved it In that kind of tragic way it demands Sparks is heart rending all at once tragic and joyous and freeing and responsible Lawrence Marvit s captivating and all too believable except for the robot coming to life bit tale of love death life and astronomy is bound to make any who don t have the shell of a cockroach growing over his heart feel deeply for its characters Set in a once upon a time kingdom resembling New York Chicago etc Marvit develops a likable princess with whom anyone who s ever felt lost can relate with occasionally wicked parents and a knight of true nobility to attend her needs Next toJimmy Corriganand Mister Blank Sparks inhabits an Olympus of only the elite of comicdom As gods among men books like these are either those to which all the others aspire or else villainous reminders of how far from adeuate the rest of comicdom truly is Josephine the book s protagonist damsel in distress is utterly human She s sad and tragic and naive and wobegotten And entirely likable Every time she is snubbed mocked ignored or abused I am almost compelled to reach for the nearest Sharpie always good to keep many at hand at all times and either draw devil horns and mustachio upon the offender or scratch their countenance from the book altogether Sanity always draws me back with the recognition that without those other human faces Josephine s story will not ring as true the next time I pick it upJosephine is one of those characters that you get to watch grow She begins as timid wallflower and ultimate geek girl she s an auto hound and slowly musters courage at the prompting of some dubious friendships But courage needs to be earned and her initial attempts at freedom from her fears are only as successful as any halfhearted endeavor can be And so she needs to grow through the experience of pain and love and rejection and abandonment and love and death and terror and love And love And it s wonderful and I rejoice in her character and its victoriesOf course not everyone is going to adore Marvit s work In looking for other reviews of the work awhile back I ran across a review by someone who must be a bitter old sea hag like the one from Popeye Either that or someone with her own opinion But I prefer to believe her the former as I don t see how anyone operating anywhere on the legal to drive side of her seventh