The Hardy Boys Papercutz Graphic Novel #8 Board to Death ~ My Review

Cool cover art and exciting mystery for the 8th volume of Papercutz’s Hardy Boys graphic novel series! 😎 I’ve read this a couple of times now and enjoy this great summer (or any time of the year! 😉 ) read each time. The Hardy brothers, action, adventure, humor, danger – yeah, it’s got all that. 😎 A lot to love about the book! 🙂

The cover art is by Daniel Rendon and the rest of the artwork in the graphic novel is drawn by Paulo Henrique. Both the story and the drawings work together to give the reader an exciting mystery! 😎

The book begins with the dangerous finale action of a case, and as I’ve mentioned before that’s something I really like when they have that in this series. For the Hardy Boys graphic novel #8, the brothers are in the process of rescuing a kidnapped girl. It’s great with Joe and Frank dressed as pirates and Joe had a lot of fun with the pirate talk annoying the bad guys! 🙂 Fun! 😀 When bad people get annoyed by good people it’s very cool and very enjoyable to read! 😀 

Awesome brother teamwork which I love to read! 😎 Fun brother banter, too. 😎

Here’s part of the synopsis from Papercutz ~

The brothers Frank and Joe Hardy go undercover at a major skateboarding contest in Venice, California to find out which competitor is trying to kill off the competition—literally?

They risk their lives as they try to keep everyone safe and solve who is behind the problems that could have deadly results. There are suspects to check out and quick before it’s too late. Good investigating and courage by Frank and Joe. 😎 Skateboarding is a cool sport and already dangerous, so when you add the elements of persons up to no good – watch out! 😮

I also really like that Joe pokes fun at the over-the-top attitudes when they put together his persona – Hardcase. 😀 That goes well for his hard head. 😉 😛

Such thrilling action that you can almost see it jumping off the pages as the reader is caught up in the danger. The brothers do a great (and extremely-necessary-with-all-the-danger) job looking out for each other. 😎 When I’m reading, I’m there with them every second.

The finale is pulse-pounding excitement and I LOVE the way the Hardy brothers outsmart their foe (or foes, not saying, so it’s spoiler free.). 😎 Once you’ve read it, you want immediately to go read it again! Cool action! 😎

At the close of the book when the Hardy bros are back home in Bayport, Aunt Trudy even gets a new nickname and that was fun as well as nice of her cool nephews. 🙂

This Hardy Boys graphic novel has definite re-readability! If you haven’t read it yet, hopefully you will get an opportunity to do so. 🙂 You won’t be bored to death. 😉 What? You didn’t think I was going to miss saying that, did you? 😆 It’s available in ebook and used paperback or hardcover. Check online and at libraries as well as used bookstores to find a copy! 🙂 I’ve read some great Hardy Boys graphic novels from Papercutz so far and this is one of them. 🙂 Thank you to all of the nice people @Papercutz! 🙂 A cool book is one that is enjoyed on reading it the first time and every time. 🙂

 

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Nancy Drew Papercutz Graphic Novels #20 and #21 High School Musical Mystery Parts I and 2 ~ My Review

nancy-drew-papercutz-graphic-novel-20-high-school-musical-mysteryI was excited to get Nancy Drew graphic novels #20 and #21 High School Musical Mystery from Papercutz! 😀 I’d been wanting to read them for a while! I like Nancy, George, and Bess, and the Dana Girls, Jean and Louise, and the sisters’ two friends, Teri and Gale. Before reading these graphic novels, I knew about the Dana Girls books. I was so happy to find several out-of-print-but-great-condition Dana Girls mysteries. 😀 I love the sisters working together. Good mysteries, similar to Nancy Drew. The two-part Papercutz graphic novels are the first books published for us to read about Nancy and the Dana Girls working together. 

I love Nancy’s look starting in the chapter of Part I and in Part II. The artist, Sho Murase, drew her face, hair and clothes really cool. I would love an outfit like Nancy’s in these graphic novels! 😎 Jean and Louise are also very pretty and have beautiful long hair, too. 🙂 Another cool thing about the graphics, the 3D effect, courtesy of Carlos Jose Guzman, made some of the panels look particularly real. 😎

High School Musical Mystery Part I takes place at a private academy that Jean and Louise Dana, Teri, and Gale attend. The fancy stairs, paneling, and decor are really cool. 😎

I don’t like it when a book, like happened in this one, makes mention of an unrelated book or movie, because that instantly dates it and mars the timelessness of it. It doesn’t make it more relatable – mostly it actually detracts.

It’s funny when the two sets of friends were competing on whether Nancy or the Dana Girls are the best detective(s) – except for when it was misleading in what they were saying, none of them actually dealt with “demons” or “witches” – it was proven that wasn’t the case, so that’s inaccurate. 🙄 That there is always a real reason behind the mysteries, rather than made-up fake stuff like ghosts, etc.., is another thing about the Nancy Drew books (and Hardy Boys books) that I love. Back to the funny – while the friends are arguing, in a different part of the school, Nancy and the Dana Girls are sure their friends will hit it off. They come and find otherwise. 😉

I love the idea with Nancy’s friends and the Dana sisters’ friends creating/making a mystery challenge – cool. It was fun seeing the clues as they are presented to Nancy, Jean, and Louise and solving them, too. 😎 As I read, I try to guess what’s going to happen next, and do my best to solve the mystery, too.

Another humorous part was when Nancy, Jean, and Louise all said “say what?” when they found out from their friends it was going to be a musical. 😆 I also enjoyed when Jean and Louise would finish each other’s sentence and also Nancy’s. That’s entertaining for a good part of the time.

So there’s mystery, action, humor, good sleuthing, fun detecting, curious things, and it’s entertaining, along with a few odd-not-sure-why-that’s-in-there-oh-it’s-just-for-the-sake-of-the-mystery parts. To keep this spoiler-free, I will just note that one part about the “clues” in the musical was unbelievable – literally.  

Most of the time I thought Nancy did a good job, but I didn’t care for it when she hurt the Dana Girls feelings by losing her patience. 😥 Part of Nancy’s character is how calm, patient and serene she can be. She’s more patient than me, I admit it. I think she would have kept from snapping out in impatience at the Dana sisters – hopefully I would be able to and like I said, Nancy’s more patient than me.

nancy-drew-papercutz-graphic-novel-21-high-school-musical-mystery-ii-the-lost-verseI would say I enjoyed High School Musical Mystery Part I (Book #20) overall better than High School Musical Mystery Part II “The Lost Verse” (#21), although I liked seeing that my suspicions about a culprit from the first book and the basic reason behind it was correct. I like to figure out the mystery as I read and all. There were definitely some creepy elements in Part II. As always, I appreciate the main character’s bravery and perserverance. Again, trying to keep from mentioning any spoilers…..well, one part would have been really cool if it had been done differently when Jean and Louise were “arguing”. :/ If it had been a distraction tactic, not for real arguing at that time then that would have been really cool. Still being careful to avoid spoilers, I’ll just say here that I really liked the character development of one individual at the wrap-up of the mystery who became a nicer person. 😎

My favorite quote of the two-part mystery comes from Nancy Drew Papercutz graphic novel #20 High School Musical Mystery Part I

The only time you really lose is if you give up! ~ Nancy

For everyone who likes to read books in order, in this case it’s highly recommended. #20 High School Musical Mystery Part 1 and #21 High School Musical Mystery Part II “The Lost Verse” aren’t stand-alones – definitely a two-part story. 🙂

Thank you, Sven and Rachel @ Papercutz! 😀

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The Hardy Boys Papercutz Graphic Novel #7 The Opposite Numbers ~ My Review

A roller coaster ride for The Hardy Boys graphic novel, The Opposite Numbers, volume 7 from Papercutz! 😀 Great cover, as you can see in this post! 😎 I love the beginning of the book with the case they’ve been working on. The brothers are doing their part to rescue Aunt Trudy’s parrot, Playback, and other animals. Good action and humor in the opening scenes – really enjoyable. 🙂 Very re-readable, too. 😀 I’ve read it quite a few times! 😎 I really like way the Undercover Brothers finish a case at the beginning of the books and then go to the next one. 😎 Opening with exciting action is always cool. 😎

After that excitement is wrapped up, it’s time for a break from school for a while. 😎 Nice seeing Chet and Callie. 😎 I like that Callie was going to use her free time to help kids. 😎 Some of the rest of that scene didn’t make sense with whoever the one student was supposed to be seemed like she was snobby and narcissistic. 🙄 Didn’t care for that. 

Great cover – another favorite Hardy Boys Graphic Novel cover art! 😎 

Hardy Boys Graphic Novel #7 The Opposite NumbersOne of my absolute fave scenes in the book is the part at the train, right after Frank and Joe arrive there to board, and the Hardy brothers bravely do what they can to prevent a literal train wreck. Cool when they immediately ran to help – talk about exciting! 😎 I loved that!  😎 Another favorite scene is when the conductor needs help getting back in the train after getting pushed by a culprit. Courage and excitement! Great action in all of those 5 star scenes! I love the excitement, the danger, and the excellent teamwork, as in any Hardy Boys books that I enjoy. 🙂 😎

The book could be a little bit distracting at times because it went back and forth between artists. First was Daniel Rendon, then Paulo Henrique, then back to Daniel Rendon, and then the rest of the book was Paulo Henrique and Sidney Lima.That shouldn’t stop anyone from reading it, though!

There were various characters on the train Frank and Joe had to help and contend with, providing several suspects. You had to figure out if the characters were just sorta odd or wackos. The Noir sisters are…annoiring. 😉 The gung-ho guard dude was also seriously annoying. There are annoying people out there, though! I knew there were two trustworthy people on the train – Frank and Joe. 😎

The parts I loved I really loved and want to read again! 🙂 Always, I love the brothers teamwork and not giving up even when things look bad! 😎

Hardy Boys graphic novel #7 The Opposite Numbers from Papercutz is available digitally at ebooksellers and at libraries as well as used booksellers in paperback and hardcover. 🙂 It’s definitely worth a read or two or more! 🙂

 

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Hardy Boys Papercutz Graphic Novels News!

hardy-boys-adventures-graphic-novels-1Guess what? 😀 The Hardy Boys graphic novels will be published in paperback again and such a deal! 😎 It will be 4 stories in 1. These are the same stories as the Papercutz Undercover Brothers graphic novels (and as you know, I have some faves in this series!) and they have the Hardy Boys Adventures logo on them. This is like the Nancy Drew graphic novels that had been called Girl Detective and are now Nancy Drew Diaries with two of the previously published Girl Detective mysteries per volume.

The Hardy Boys Adventures #1 will be available November 8th, 2016, in paperback and ebook. It contains 384 pages (since it’s four graphic novels in one volume) and is 5 inches wide and 7.5 inches in height.

hardy-boys-adventures-graphic-novels-2The release date for The Hardy Boys Adventures #2 is April 25, 2017, also with 384 pages and four stories in the volume.

For each volume the paperback price is 15.99 (USD) and 9.99 for ebook.

So for all of us who don’t have each volume that we would like to have in paperback or for the ones we haven’t gotten to read yet, it’ll be easier to find, plus be a deal. 🙂 Check back here for an update when I reveal what four books are in each of the first two volumes. 🙂

 

 

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The Hardy Boys Papercutz Graphic Novel #5 Sea You, Sea Me ~ My Review

The fifth volume of the Hardy Boys Papercutz series, Sea You, Sea Me, is the very first Hardy Boys graphic novel that I read. It had already been out a while then when I saw a preview on Amazon of the opening action with the fencing scenes, and I was like, okay, that’s cool! 😀 Great artwork, witty banter, and the awesome brother team of Frank and Joe stopping anyone who needs to be stopped. It’s definitely one of my favorites. 😎

This is one of Frank and Joe’s many thrilling adventures where they must face serious obstacles. I enjoy cheering them on as they do a great job fighting evil. 😎

As I already mentioned, the action scenes right off the bat with Frank and Joe taking on bad guys in a fencing showdown is so cool! 🙂 I enjoy the comments and love the cool artwork. It’s also fun when the brothers get their next assignment. They’re anxious to see what it is as are you and me as the readers. In this case, they have to head up to Maine from Bayport, New York. 😎

Before they even reach the location of their assignment, which is to find out what the deal is on a fishing vessel, the brothers are propelled into action when they see danger they can do something about.That’s one of the reasons I love ’em. They see what needs to be done and they do that without hesitation. 😎

Hardy Boys Graphic Novel #5 Sea You Sea Me from PapercutzThere’s plenty of danger and excitement once on the ship, with suspects to question and an intense storm on the sea to survive. Plus, fighting a fire after an explosion and needing to circumvent attempts on their lives during all of the dangerous situations. The brothers are there for each other and know that they’re the only ones, humanly speaking, aboard the ship who they can definitely rely on and trust.:cool:

It’s really hard not to share all of my favorite scenes, but for anyone who hasn’t read the book yet, I know you’d want to read it yourself and see what happens. I love it that the brother teamwork is strong and I really enjoy seeing them stop bad people.They help people and are very brave. 😎

Joe’s ongoing fish puns are fun and Frank’s banter back about them. 😎

Frank’s swim meet at the end of the book with Joe encouraging his brother and joking around’s cool and fun. 😎 Yet another fave scene from the book! 🙂 😎

Hardy Boys Graphic Novel #5 Sea You, Sea Me is available in paperback and hardback at libraries, used booksellers, and also the volume is in the digital format of the ebook device of your choice. 🙂 A great read and re-read. 😀 Check it out for exciting adventure and action with the Hardy brothers! 😎

 

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Geronimo Stilton Papercutz Graphic Novel #14 The First Mouse on the Moon – My Review

Geronimo Stilton #14, The First Mouse on the Moon, is a really fun graphic novel! There’s good humor in the story along with intriguing dilemmas. The drawings are great with bright colors and it’s like watching a cool, fun cartoon. I love that kind of thing. 😎

I really enjoyed reading about the main characters Geronimo Stilton, his sister Thea, Geronimo Stilton #14: The First Mouse on the Mooncousin Trap, nephew Benjamin, and Benjamin’s friend Bugsy Wugsy and their adventure. The plays on words in the story were fun. When I read New Mouse City, I thought New York City, of course, with Mouse Island being Long Island. 😎

There’s humor, mystery, adventure, courage, and time travel, too! Time machines are, of course, fascinating and they’ve got one. Pretty awesome, if you ask me. 😀

Finding out the Pirate Cats’ plans was very entertaining. So were Geronimo and the others’ efforts to foil those plans. The story and graphics were continuously well-done and enjoyable. I’m very glad I got to ride along on the adventure as I read this graphic novel.

Geronimo Stilton #14: The First Mouse on the MoonI learned some stuff, too. This was waaaaaaaaaaaaaay better than any stuffy lesson in class ever about moon travel, etc.

Definite thumbs up from me! 😀 I’m interested in reading more Geronimo Stilton graphic novels. 🙂 This 14th title in the series is available in hardcover from Papercutz as well as other booksellers and the digital edition at ebooksellers. Plus you can see if your local libraries carries it. If you’d like to read a fun, cool, entertaining graphic novel then you’ll definitely want to check out Geronimo Stilton #14 The First Mouse on the Moon. 🙂

I received an advanced review copy (arc) of this title from Papercutz. Thanks! 🙂 Check out the cool pics with this review! 🙂 Want to see more? Click or tap on this link here for additional previews! 🙂

 

 

The Hardy Boys Papercutz Graphic Novel #2 Identity Theft – My Review

Hardy Boys Graphic Novel #2 Identity Theft from Papercutz   In Papercutz’s second volume of Hardy Boys graphic novels, Identity Theft, you’re going to find action, humor, the strength of family love and the importance of a person’s character. 😎

   The book starts off in a fun way with these words by Joe “WOOOOOO HOOOOOO!” There’s some cool skydiving as Frank and Joe try to find out who’s smuggling diamonds in each town where the Trans-Continental Sky-Jumping Team performs at local high schools. Through a secret arrangement by ATAC, the brothers get to jump with the team at Bayport High School. It’s mentioned that their dad taught them how to jump out of an airplane years before – pretty cool. 😎

   Once they discover who the guilty one or ones are, that case is wrapped up and it’s back to the usual daily activities, like going to high school. Great seeing Chet there at Bayport High. 😎

   After catching the smugglers, the Hardy’s receive the info on their next case via a game cartridge. As you can tell by the title, it’s about identity theft – very literally. With all of the activity and connectivity with the internet in most people’s lives, there’s the danger and possibility of identity theft for anyone whose personal info is anywhere online. This mystery gives a unique and frightening spin on the ever-present threat while pointing out some important things about a person’s true identity. The love of family and importance of a person’s character are shown in the story. It also shows the fact that “cosmetic” changes/plastic surgery aren’t necessary because it’s who you are on the inside that counts – so true. As the cast of Nickelodeon’s “How to Rock” (currently seen on TeenNick) sings ~ “Only You Can Be You.” 😎 

   The brothers help a girl who claims to be Joy Gallagher, but there’s already someone else making that same claim. Frank and Joe also help Joy’s family because, regardless of who’s telling the truth, something’s going on. Something very dangerous. Helping people is a constant and vitally important aspect of a Hardy Boys book. So the Hardys have to sort out who’s who – and survive. 😎

   Intense scenes! I don’t want to give anything away, but I will say that parts of the mystery definitely had me on the edge of my seat! If you haven’t read it yet, you’ll see what I mean when you do. Those of you who have read it know exactly what I’m talking about!

   Fenton, Laura, and Gertrude/Trudy are in this one and are very cool. The love of family is very clear and Frank and Joe say about the great role models of their mom and dad in their upbringing. In this graphic novel you read about the switch from “Gertrude” to “Trudy” and how that came about. I thought that was pretty interesting and nicely done. The joking around with Aunt Trudy is fun and the serious moments are well-placed throughout the book. 

   This Hardy Boys Papercutz graphic novel has mysterious happenings, humor – which is alway necessary in books and real-life – and plenty of action! 😀

   You can get Hardy Boys #2 Identity Theft in paperback or hardcover and @Amazon Kindle, B&N Nook, and many other places that sells ebooks. 🙂 Your local library might even have the cool Hardy Boys graphic novels from Papercutz! 😀

Hardy Boys Graphic Novel #2 Identity Theft @ Papercutz
Hardy Boys Graphic Novel #2 Identity Theft @ Amazon

 

The Hardy Boys Papercutz Graphic Novel #4 Malled – My Review

Hardy Boys Graphic Novel #4 Malled from PapercutzIn the fourth volume of the Hardy Boys’ graphic novel series by Papercutz, Malled, there’s action, danger, bravery, humor, mystery, and the Hardy brothers. 😀 

The book starts with some thrilling excitement as the brothers and another special agent use some of their skills to do their best to stop evil. I like the way the UBs do that, starting with the big finale of a case with the ultimate capturing of the bad people they’re after at the time then there’s a short breather, very short breather, followed by the next ATAC mission. 😎

I really enjoyed the good brotherly fun when Frank and Joe were goofing around. Great quote in the book by Frank after being asked what could be more exciting than getting to test a new mall ~ Frank: “Honestly? You want a list?” 😎 Cracked me up. 😀

I love seeing the rest of the Hardy family in the books. Fenton, Laura, and Aunt Trudy (in #2 Identity Theft we find out how and when she gets that nickname 😉 ) were all in this one, which was very cool. 

Also cool to see Chief Collig in this mystery, who along with the Hardy brothers, focused on saving lives and catching the person or persons trying to kill people. The only ones at the mall that I personally trusted fully were Joe, Frank, and Chief Collig. Everyone else there = suspects. 

Unscrupulous and unethical dealings by more than one person clearly started even before the building of the huge mall, which resulted in the crime of stolen land. The Hardy brothers had to sort out motives and opportunities so they could try to keep everyone there from being murdered. Plus, they wanted to see justice and be a part of that. Their willingness to do the right, brave thing is always essential and I admire that very much. 😎

Courage fuels the exciting action during the daring rescues that take place in Malled. Would have been great if they could have prevented the murder, but they didn’t give up in their fight to stop additional murders. The Hardys and myself and anyone else with compassion were sickened by the mall owner’s, Harlan Spratt, and the mayor’s assistant’s, Paige Kent, lack of decency and morality, brought to light by their comments that showed more interest in money than someone’s life. 😡 Greed is an evil, ugly thing.

You don’t get to find out exactly what happens later, but if justice is served, then the tribe whose land had been stolen now has a nice, lucrative mall. 😎

I love Joe’s smart-mouth during a close call with one of the rescues – definitely among my favorite quotes and scenes in the book. He was asked by the person he saved: “Couldn’t cut it any closer?” Joe’s classic response? “Want to try again?” 😎

The Hardy brothers did a great job and I love that it was noted that they were trained by their dad and ATAC just reinforced it. 😎 

A digital review copy (drc) was given to me by Papercutz. Thanks, Beth – not only for getting them to me, but also for the great work you did with the digital versions. 😀 Thank you, Sven. 😀 Thanks again also to Jesse, who first contacted me to offer me the Papercutz review copies. 😀

The Hardy Boys Papercutz Graphic Novel #4 Malled has been published in paperback, hardcover, and ebook. 🙂

Hardy Boys Graphic Novel #4 Malled @ Papercutz
Hardy Boys Graphic Novel #4 Malled @ Amazon Kindle

Cool WordPress Feature: Selecting When to Publish a Post

   So many cool features with WordPress. One of them is scheduling the posting of a blog entry. I can type up a draft of a post, tweak it whenever, choose from among backup revisions, and decide when it’s published. For example, I have some Papercutz reviews to post and I just type them up then set the date and time of when I want each one to publish and boom, there you go. It publishes on the day and at the time selected. How cool is that? 😀

   Scheduling when to post a blog entry is very easy. If you have a WordPress blog, as you’re typing up your post, on the right side, where it says “Publish immediately” then there’s a link “Edit” – click on that. The location might differ according to theme, I’m not sure. After that, just type in the date and time, hit “OK” when you’re finished then you’ll have a blog entry that day you selected already good to go. 😀 When things are super busy and all, this is great! 🙂

   Also, I wanted to let everyone know that I’ll have a multi-chapter story completed hopefully before long. Check back often! 🙂

   Hope everyone is having a great spring. 🙂 As Kendall from Big Time Rush says, “Be cool, everybody.” 😎

Papercutz ND and the Clue Crew #1 Small Volcanoes – My Review

Well, school’s started up and I figured this would be a good time to post my review for Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew graphic novel #1 Small Volcanoes – btw, I received a review copy from Papercutz. Note: Some of you read the review posted yesterday, but due to problems, doing this again. 🙄

Stan Goldberg is the artist for Papercutz’s Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew and also for the Three Stooges graphic novels by Papercutz. 🙂 What an interesting crossover that would make – Nancy and the Clue Crew vs. Moe, Larry, and Curly, rival private investigators! 😛 I think of things like that. 😀 Now, with the the plot, what stays with me after reading it is how really weird and scary it was when someone goes after the three girls on the playground. But we’ll get to that in a minute. Let’s start at the beginning of the story….

First contemplation is the eternal mystery of how minutes are so much longer than 60 seconds each when you’re waiting to get out of class – especially for the weekend. She asked if anyone else noticed. Yep, I’ve definitely noticed that! 😉 Sad to say, she can’t solve that one (no need to feel bad, though, there isn’t a person who can ;)), but she does have a puzzling problem she can solve and needs to soon! What to do for her science project. And she doesn’t want to do the usual (but always impressive and popular) volcano model.

Father and daughter being friends is important. 😎 In this story, she tells us that she usually listens to everything he says, but at dinner she was sidetracked by the mystery of what the Clue Crew’s science project would be. He offers to help her and they talk about it in hopes of figuring out what the project should be. 

By the next day, though, no one had come up with an idea she was happy with – they needed a clue on what to do. 😉 Then they saw a sign. No, literally. 😛 The name of a movie inspired them for their project. They decided to assemble a model of the earth and represent the varying layers with different colors. 🙂 And, just like it didn’t take millions or billions of years for the earth’s core, it didn’t take the three friends that long for the school project.  

Before they can get their science project finished, a mystery appears when their classmates’ volcanoes disappear! The Clue Crew sleuth for clues. And just in case someone threw them all away, that included the very nasty job of Dumpster diving. :ick: I need a puking smiley….  

As they stayed late after school to finish their project, they also continued working on solving the mystery of the vanishing volcanoes. They go outside, and while they are investigating a light shining through the basement window, a figure suddenly sneaks up behind them. The figure inexplicably begins to chase them around the playground. Nancy, Bess, and George do right to protect themselves from the inappropriate actions by screaming to get other people’s attention and running. When anyone hears such terrified screams like that, it’s shocking and disturbing if NO ONE goes and checks out what is going on. And in the book, no one did and there had to have been a number of other people around that would have heard the screams as well as would’ve seen what should have been questioned and stopped. 😯 

Nancy’s words of advice as they were being chased through the playground can be applied to everyone in potential danger – to use that essential element of surprise. Finally, the Clue Crew had successfully knocked the snot out of their pursuer. 😎 I thought the use of swings and a see-saw as weapons were well-utilized. But still no one had come to check on the girls after those terrified screams and all – what is wrong with the people there at that school?!?!?

It doesn’t matter if the person is familiar or a stranger, once that individual began pursuing three eight year old girls around the playground for absolutely no reasonable reason – that in itself is highly suspicious. He could see they weren’t criminals or troublemakers. He had no right or reason to do that. 

Then they willingly go down into the basement with the dude to investigate what they’d seen earlier. Remember, this is a suspect, no less, who’d just been trying to capture them – and they’re going into a secluded area with him – really?! 😕 It wasn’t as if the Clue Crew’s instincts were telling them it was okay, after all, they were still suspicious of him. 

I get that the dude in the story wasn’t dangerous, but he could have been. Going after them was weird and creepy and tells you something isn’t okay there. My parents taught me, before I was the Clue Crew’s age, to tell them about anything like that – not to only tell a teacher. So, I’m sure Carson and Hannah were really angry with that dude for chasing Nancy and her two friends around the playground. It would be great for Nancy, Bess, and George to learn Krav Maga – you know, for those times in the mysteries when there aren’t any swings or see-saws around. 😎 😀 Important to be prepared. 😎

Stan Goldberg – The Interview Issue 4!

Here now is the 4th issue of the Stan Goldberg interview! 😀 Such an awesome blessing virtually hanging out with the Stan Goldberg – comic/graphic novel artist and really nice, cool guy! 🙂 I’ve learned a lot and have had a great time! 😀 I never guessed when I started this blog a few months ago that I would have an opportunity like this – wow! 😀 I’m very thankful to the Creator. 🙂

There are so many great comics and great artwork to check out and enjoy over and over! 😎 I now have an even longer list of comics I want to read and I know all of you guys also enjoying this interview have been adding to your reading lists as well. 🙂234 Ironman and Spider-Man

All of the cool color schemes that leap off many pages of Marvel comics and graphic novels are courtesy of Stan Goldberg’s artistry. That’s just so awesome! For example, every time you see Spidey’s excellent blue and red attire seen in comics and cartoons and movies – we’ll know that Stan Goldberg came up with those familiar, perfect colors. So whenever Peter Parker aka Spider-Man swings by, stopping evil ones, he can look amazing doing so. 😎 And Tony Stark – Iron Man – would never accept a suit that wasn’t cool – and wasn’t red and gold! 😎

The happy faces of characters like Archie, Jughead, Betty, Veronica, and Reggie, Nancy, Ned, George, Bess, Hannah, and Carson of the Clue Crew graphic novels, Kathy the Teenage Tornado, Millie, and many others in the comics, plus more – they’re a reflection of the smiles that Stan Goldberg shares with us through his work. 😎

Thank you, Stan, for these drawings, color schemes, and smiles that can brighten a person’s day. Who hasn’t been stuck inside on a rainy day then an excellent comic book or graphic novel is opened by the eager reader who steps into a world of action-packed adventure that’s filled with good fighting evil, along with humor and wit! That’s cool on a sunny day, too! 😉 The results are easy to see from the many happy smiles that are on the faces of your many, many, many (I could keep going with the “many”) fans. 😀 And thank you in advance for cool drawings you’re doing in the future as well! 🙂

Now to the questions and answers! 🙂 Btw, my comments when I talked with Stan Goldberg have been abbreviated by me for these blog entries, because really, I want to get to what Stan has to say! 😀

10. Who is your favorite superhero from this line-up: Spider-Man, Hulk, the members of the Fantastic Four?19 The Amazing Spider-Man Stan Goldberg

Stan – All these new superheroes and villains were all great to color. They were drawn and written by a couple of real superheroes, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.  The cast of characters that filled up the pages were pure Lee and Kirby at their very best.

Ann – I think you’re also a real superhero – and I know you guys reading and enjoying this will agree with me! 🙂

11. You said that Stan Lee was a major influence early in your career – what is something then that helped you a lot and continues still to help you today?

Stan – I look back at those early days when I started my career in the early 50s and was part of Marvel comics from the very beginning….I was a very lucky young man.  Stan Lee still had time to write all my early books…KATHY and all the MILLIE THE MODEL comics.  There were five different Millie titles.  They were humor and adventure books.  There was also MY GIRL PEARL and PATSY WALKER.  Stan was a great editor/art director and he is still my good friend.  He wrote a nice tribute to me on a video that was shown when I was given the HALL OF FAME AWARD by the NCS last year in Las Vegas.  You can see it on my website…www.stangoldberg.com

Ann – Friends are such a blessing and that’s wonderful that you two have such a great continuing friendship. 🙂 Congratulations on the Hall of Fame award – you very much deserve it! 🙂 I’ll definitely be encouraging readers to check out your cool site! 🙂

12. What do you like most about going to fan events like NY Comic Con?

Stan – Going to comicons in New York and San Diego is lots of fun.  It’s always a nice change to get away from my studio and I get to see so many old friends and meet new friends that have enjoyed my work all these years.  I hope to keep going to more cons and drawing pictures for the fans.  I have some interesting new assignments on my drawing board right now, so I’ll say adios.

Ann – Looking forward to more great Stan Goldberg artwork! 🙂 Thank you so very, very,Jughead by Stan Goldberg very much, Stan! 🙂

On Stan Goldberg’s site, you’ll find that video he talked about with the tribute by Stan Lee to him when he was awarded by the National Cartoonists Society! 🙂 Plus, you’ll find another video I want to watch  – a 93 minute one for an online drawing course where he talks about his technique and more! 😎 Cool banner on his site, too, with a few of his drawings! 🙂

Thanks to Stan, Jesse, and all of you who have read, enjoyed and commented or liked or reblogged about this interview. 🙂 Johnny Storm the Human Torch likes to shout “Flame on!” and so I guess yours would be “Draw on!” 😎 And similiar to Ben’s “It’s clobberin’ time” how about: “It’s drawin’ time!” 😀 

I thought I’d add my tagline to this interview:

~ Never the end! ~

                                                                                                              ~ Ann (a Stan fan :D)

If you missed one of the four issues filled with cool clues and info from Stan Goldberg – don’t worry! 🙂 Here are the links to previous issues, so you can read the whole interview! 🙂

Stan Goldberg – The Interview Issue 1

Stan Goldberg – The Interview Issue 2

Stan Goldberg – The Interview Issue 3

Stan Goldberg – The Interview Issue 3!

Hola! Ready for the spectacular 3rd issue of Stan Goldberg – The Interview? I hope so, because it’s coming at you in mere seconds, friends! 😉 Get set to find out more awesome clues about cool artist, Stan Goldberg! 😎 Thank you so very much to Stan for the time he’s put into this interview and for sharing such great answers to my unique questions. Thank you also to everyone who’s given feedback – it’s very much appreciated and fun. 🙂 Be sure to check out every issue of the interview because you won’t want to miss a single second. 🙂

 Now, let’s get straight to the action! 😎

1. Do you like to listen to music (instrumental or with vocals) while you draw?Jughead's on the Jazz

Stan – Years ago I did some writing and my studio had to be perfectly still.  No radio at all.  Any sound would disturb me.  Then, when I did more art I did less writing.  When I do my artwork, I enjoy the working day much more and the radio is on all the time.  I listen to talk stations for half the day and for the rest of the day I play my music…big bands, good jazz and blues.  I occasionally take the time to enjoy the beautiful water view from my studio window.

Ann – Getting to do what you love is a wonderful blessing! I’m glad you enjoy drawing so much. And that’s also really cool about the music you enjoy listening to! Sounds like you’ve got a beautiful view from your studio – excellent! 🙂The Amazing Spider-Man 1975 147 Spanish edition

2. Do you draw even when you’re not working?

Stan – I always take a sketch pad with me whenever I travel.  We spend two months every winter in a colonial town in Mexico.  It’s a very artistic community, lots of artists and writers.  While I’m there, I go to a life drawing studio a couple of times a week.  I’ve also had a few galleries in town showing drawings of the local people that I draw along with my cartoon illustrations.Spider-Man and Hulk Spanish edition

Ann – Sounds picturesque and fun! 😀 (Note: I found some awesome Marvel Spanish covers online including two of the comic covers from the first issue of this interview. 🙂 Very cool! 😀 Check them out – por favor! Gracias!)

3. What was it like working with Marvel Comics? I’m a big Spidey fan. 🙂

Stan – I worked for Marvel in charge of the coloring department, never realizing that the comic book industry would become the giant that it is today.  Creating all the color schemes for all the superheroes and villains that came out of Marvel makes me very proud.  Stan Lee was my editor and he was a major influence in the early years of my career.  After almost ten years working in the bullpen I became friends with all the other artists and we stayed friends for many years.The Amazing Spider-Man 1963

Ann – That had to have been so much fun at Marvel!!! 😀 Wow, just so awesome to get to decide all of those essential color schemes for Marvel! 😀 That’s what I call superfun! 😀

BOLO for the next exciting issue in this four part series: Stan Goldberg – The Interview! 😎 

                                                                                                                                          ~ Ann (a Stan fan :D)