Graphic Novel Review: Erin Rockwood

For the graphic novel review I read The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins, which is the first book in the series. I had this novel in my room before we were assigned this blog, but I hadn’t read it yet.

The art style is halfway between realistic and simple, there is room for the artist, Carey Pietsch, to exaggerate their features for emphasis in some parts to make the story fuller. I think they used this art style because they needed to be able to jump from realistic to outlandish in the dungeons and dragons world this is based on. The podcast that this graphic novel derives from is a comedy podcast, but they take the story very seriously. Their fans are die hard and had very high expectations for the novels, and the art in the book is semi-based off of what the fan artists would draw of the characters.

The characters in the novel at the end, in the AdvetureZone: Here There Be Gerblins

The artist uses colors in a really cool way all throughout the novel, there is some different settings that the characters traverse through in the first introduction of this world. A big part of the podcast was that they never really described characters further than their species and gender, so bringing them to life was a big interest to fans.

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