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Review: Ellerbisms

Anyone who has been in a relationship, will tell you it can get complicated. As the mere allusion of being attracted to someone is simply the park, but what comes after can be a careful balancing act. Keeping each other happy is the hard thing. The key is when to pick your battles in a relationship, the choices can become crucial. Sometimes it can feel like the worst place on earth but sometimes it can feel like all the stars aligned.

I once heard from a very wise old person, that the key to staying together, is “not falling out of love at the same time.” There must be someone still fighting for the relationship. Relationships are tough and finding the right person for you is even harder. We follow one couple through all the seasons of their life Marc Ellerby’s Ellerbisms.

In the first story, we find out exactly how Marc met Anna, and much like he says, “it sounds cliché”, they met at a bookstore, where they both worked at, and while they both hated each other, they slowly but surely fell for each other. We also get introduced to Marc’s friend, Sophie, who is the other woman in his life, who he has messed with, but doesn’t want anything to mess with their relationship. A he struggles with his choices, he finds a temporary reprieve in his first trip to SDCC, where he hopes someone will discover him. As he soon finds out, his mind cannot stay away too long from his dilemma. As he returns to England, he reignites the fire between him and Anna, one that still is in the infatuation phase, and one which Marc, like most buys, would like to propel forward. Of course, as most people do, kissing is one of the most intimate things two people can share and Marc and Anna finally go there. In the meantime, Marc finds out he has a problem with his arm, which sidelines him for months, until another doctor realizes the problem lie with his shoulders, and eventually they start sleeping in each other’s beds, which becomes quite a learning experience for each other, as they truly find out each other, which include Marc’s snorting when he sleeps. We follow Marc and Anna, as their relationship grows and how they feel about certain popular culture is on full blast, with some of the more interesting ones being the show, Heroes, and the movies, The Darjeeling Limited and The Dark Knight. We soon find out that his Dad got sick, as he contemplates life without his father, it brought them close together as well as his relationship with Anna and he starts to get more attention for his comics. Marc and Anna eventually move in with each other, where many of their idiosyncrasies start to creep up, and they do get on each other’s nerves. We follow the couple through their many ups and downs, through the times when they are in sync and when one of them wants to end their relationship and as they face their personal challenges.

Overall, it’s an engrossing graphic novel which pulls you into it with heart and leaves you feeling for Marc and Anna. The story by Ellerby is told with love at times, disdain at times, but honesty always. The art by Ellerby is vivid and beautiful. Altogether, a book that transcends the archetype of the graphic novel and diary and gives the world a real gift.

Story: Marc Ellerby Art: Marc Ellerby
Story: 9.7 Art: 9.7 Overall: 9.8 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Rick and Morty #40

Rick and Morty #40

(W) Kyle Starks, Josh Trujillo
(A) Marc Ellerby and Rii Abrego
(C) Sarah Stern
(CA) Marc Ellerby with Sarah Stern (Cover A), Natalie Riess (Cover B)
Age Rating: Teen, 16+
Genre: Sci-Fi/Humor
Price: $3.99
Page Count: 32

Rick and Morty are locked in a lethal battle royale, but Rick has a secret weapon—the Transformatron, which can change him into any form. Pizza Rick! Cactus Rick! Butter Churn Rick! IT’S A RICK-STRAVAGNZA! Rick turns into a lot of different things in this issue, okay? There’s also a lot of violence and blatant disregard for Morty’s well-being! You’re gonna love it!

Preview: Rick and Morty #38

Rick and Morty #38

(W) Kyle Starks, Tini Howard and Josh Trujillo
(A) Marc Ellerby and Rii Abrego
(C) Sarah Stern
(CA) Marc Ellerby with Sarah Stern (Cover A), Julia Scott (Cover B)
Age Rating: Teen, 16+
Genre: Sci-Fi/Humor
Price: $3.99
Page Count: 32

Here we go vampire-ing again! Summer’s still being held captive by the Draculas (who are actually sort of smitten with her) and our hallowed heroes are storming the castle—literally! It’s a drag-out, fang-out, stake-out, blood-soaked rescue story. So many Draculas! So many scary windows! So many vampire fights! Rick’s drunk! Morty’s useless! Beth is trying! Jerry is a you know what! It’s the second part of the dynamic LET THE RICK ONE IN vampire-y two parter, co-written by TINI HOWARD (Rick and Morty™: Pocket Like You Stole It)! It’s awesome!

Preview: Rick and Morty Volume 7

Rick and Morty Volume 7

(W) Kyle Starks, Pamela Ribon, Tini Howard, Magdalene Visaggio
(A) CJ Cannon, Marc Ellerby, Kyle Starks, Erica Hayes
(C) Katy Farina, Allison Strejlau, Sarah Stern
(CA) CJ Cannon with Katy Farina
Age Rating: Teen, 16+
Genre: Sci-Fi/Humor
Price: $19.99
Page Count: 128

The hit comic book series based on Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland’s hilarious [adult swim]™ animated show RICK AND MORTY™ continues in all-new stories not seen on TV! Catch up on the adventures of degenerate genius scientist Rick Sanchez as he drags his inherently timid grandson Morty Smith on dangerous adventures across the universe! This volume features Eisner-nominated writers Kyle Starks (Sexcastle) and Magdalene Visaggio (Kim & Kim) in collaboration with series artists CJ Cannon and Marc Ellerby, plus guest writers Tini Howard (Rick and Morty™: Pocket Like You Stole It), Pamela Ribon (Moana), and Rick and Morty™ storyboard artist Erica Hayes. Watch as Summer discovers doomed romance! Learn the tragic secrets of Krombopulos Michael! Check out some really cool dinosaurs! All that and more in this collection of Rick and Morty™ comics! Collects issues #31-35.

Preview: Rick and Morty #37

Rick and Morty #37

(W) Kyle Starks, Tini Howard and Josh Trujillo
(A) Marc Ellerby and Rii Abrego
(C) Sarah Stern
(CA) (Cover A) Marc Ellerby with Allison Strejlau, (Cover B) Mike Vasquez
Age Rating: Teen, 16+
Genre: Sci-Fi/Humor
Price: $3.99
Page Count: 32

LET THE RICK ONE IN: PART I. In this two-part spooky special, Rick and Morty face the hideous hordes of the sexy undead—VAMPIRES! Featuring the goth co-writing styles of Tini Howard (Assassinistas, Rick and Morty™: Pocket Like You Stole It)!

Preview: Rick and Morty #36

Rick and Morty #36

Story: Kyle Starks, Josh Trujillo
Art: Marc Ellerby, Rii Abrego
Color: Sarah Stern
Letterer: CRank!
Editor: Ari Yarwood
Design: Hilary Thompson
Cover: (Cover A) Marc Ellerby with Allison Strejlau, (Cover B) Mady G
Age Rating: Teen, 16+
Genre: Sci-Fi/Humor
Price: $3.99
Page Count: 32

Kyle Starks and Marc Ellerby join forces to tell the story of Jerry’s very terrible, extremely bad, super sad day! Poor Jerry is having the worst of days—but it’s mostly his fault. How will he get bailed out this time? Plus: a new back-up comic story written by Josh Trujillo (Love is Love) and illustrated by Rii Abrego (Adventure Time)!

Preview: Rick and Morty: Pocket Like You Stole It, Trade Paperback

Rick and Morty: Pocket Like You Stole It, Trade Paperback

(W) Tini Howard
(A) Marc Ellerby
(C) Katy Farina
(CA) Marc Ellerby with Katy Farina
Age Rating: Teen, 16+
Genre: Sci-Fi/Humor
Price: $19.99
Page Count: 128

Rick and Morty™: Pocket Like You Stole It is the fan-favorite comic book miniseries based on the popular Adult Swim television series and inspired by the Pocket Mortys mobile game! Morty is on a quest to free himself (and all the other Mortys) from the clutches of Ricks, who collect Mortys and force them to battle one another for schmeckles and glory. Along the way, he’ll discover the grisly history of Morty battling, the dastardly lengths that Ricks are willing to stoop to in order to win, and perhaps… the strength in himself that’s needed to free the Mortys once and for all?

Preview: Rick and Morty #35

Rick and Morty #35

(W) Kyle Starks; Magdalene Visaggio
(A) Marc Ellerby
(C) Sarah Stern
(CA) (Cover A) Marc Ellerby with Katy Farina, (Cover B) Jude Vigants
Age Rating: Teen, 16+
Genre: Sci-Fi/Humor
Price: $3.99
Page Count: 32

Rick, Morty, and Summer journey to a prehistoric land full of DINOSAURS! Thankfully, Rick has it all under control. That is, until he’s suddenly out of commission, and it’s up to Summer and Morty to get them home. Plus, the conclusion of “The Rick Identity”!

Preview: Rick and Morty #34

Rick and Morty #34

(W) Kyle Starks; Magdalene Visaggio
(A) Kyle Starks; Marc Ellerby
(C) Allison Strejlau; Marc Ellerby
(CA) (Cover A) CJ Cannon with Katy Farina, (Cover B) Chris Schweizer
Age Rating: Teen, 16+
Genre: Sci-Fi/Humor
Price: $3.99
Page Count: 32

The Life and Times of Krombopulos Michael! Learn the secret history of the Gromflomite who “just loves killing” in this special issue written and drawn by Kyle Starks (Sexcastle, Kill Them All). Plus, another backup comic by Magdalene Visaggio (Kim & Kim) and Marc Ellerby!

Preview: Rick and Morty #33

Rick and Morty #33

(W) Tini Howard; Magdalene Visaggio
(A) CJ Cannon with Katy Farina; Marc Ellerby
(C) Katy Farina; Marc Ellerby
(CA) (Cover A) CJ Cannon with Katy Farina (Cover B) Anissa Espinosa
Age Rating: Teen, 16+
Genre: Sci-Fi/Humor
Price: $3.99
Page Count: 32

One Experimental Summer. It’s the hottest, most boring part of the year—so can you blame Summer for going exploring in Grandpa Rick’s garage for a dimension where she gets what she wants? She’ll learn a little about science, a lot about life, and a whole bunch about having a crush on a girl.

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