This is the third time I have had the pleasure to write a blog about something a friend has created, or been creatively involved in. The first was my piece on Sugar Glider, my second on Driver San Francisco and now my third is on Celebrity Homes, a book written by my friend and fellow Paperjam Comics Collective member Lydia Wysocki. This isn't a review but a blog entry on what I liked about the book and what I got from it. This blog entry will focus on 3 sections: the sense of humour, the subject itself and what else I liked.
Before that a note on the cover: I think it is well drawn and I love the grass effect!
The sense of humour
- The bread tree joke
- Some puns scattered throughout
- Satire of empty modern celebrities, but also of some older celebrities
- Not just that but polite and witty mentions of other people
- To top this section off, I will say that there is also a strong sense of fun, intelligent and well educated humor
The subject itself
- Although I am more a symphonic metal fan myself, the book intrigues me to musicians I have heard of but haven't really had a chance to get into yet such as Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen and Hank Williams
- I am already a fan of both Elvis Presley and Bob Marley though
- The book is by no means just about musical celebrities, it has a generous amount about writers too, which is actually Quite Interesting
- Particularly impressive in this regard is the piece on George Orwell, and I am VERY much a fan of his work
- The sense of a journey, both of the individual celebrities and of the homes Lydia visited which became research for the book
- The artwork is beautiful in both detail and variety of different types of homes portrayed
- Also the chapter covers are engaging
- I found there to be many relatable and interesting points, most notably the bit about B & Bs, the word 'geek' and the word 'hip'
- Not to forget a point on English literature and curriculum I agree entirely with
- The fact that I own one of 100 copies of the first print!
- A portion of the book sales being donated to a good cause
- Proper acknowledgement of people who helped make the book
- Thank yous to people Lydia has not met
- A good FAQ section
Over to you Norman Osborn!
Thank you Geordie Green Lantern. Today I approve of: well written books such as Celebrity Homes.