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I wanted so badly to like this book I am a big Hanna is Not a Boy s Name fan and I jumped at the chance to read something new involving Tessa Stone, but while I loved her art here, I felt like the story just fell flat It was such a great concept the idea of a world focused around spelling bees, where teens participate in underground spelling cage matches, is SO COOL But the story came out feeling totally lopsided There was no setup, no worldbuilding, and not even enough introductory background information to allow me to suspend my disbelief The pacing was way off both in the writing and the way the panels were arranged, the characters felt flat, and half the time there were no visual cues as to where, when, and how scenes were taking place from one panel to another.Everything about the plot is really compelling, but the execution completely fell apart Maybe if I hadn t seen so much hype around this book I would have enjoyed it , but the extent to which it failed to meet those expectations was super disappointing. This is one of the funnest comics I ve read all year It is very reminiscent of Scott Pilgrim to be honest, I haven t read, only saw the movie in a number of ways The story revolves around a nerdy freshman that stumbles into a underground spelling bee and then gets roped up into the regionals and nationals by The Outlaw King It makes these spelling bees into these huge popular spelling bees that are akin to gladiatorial bouts People have handles, instead of their real name to avoid unwanted attention from megafans , costumes, and other stuff to turn them into spelling luchadores, essentially Opponents have names like, The Black Bee, The Beest, Uzi, Psychic, The Immortal, etc I loved the panelling The chaotic the spelling fight, the chaotic the panels got The artwork was hard edged and sharp, with black, white, solid greys and a particularly vibrant yellow The yellow is generally used to point out focus on something, or just to break up the illustration It isn t my favorite style, but it was suitable for this comic Another thing I loved was how the letters being spelled would come alive and be used to fight the opponent Uzi, for instance, rapid fires his letters and they shoot like bullets One other guy gets mad when he loses, says X and pulls it out of the word bubble to act as a sword This was really well done throughout and becomes important in a final twist in the end I would definitely read this one off book again and it s very kid friendly too I hope I can find from this author and illustrator. @E-pub æ BUZZ! ã Webster Is A Bundle Of Nerves Headed Into His First Day Of High School, But Whatever Academic And Social Horrors He Feared Are Nothing Compared To What S In Store For Him As He Stumbles Into An Unsanctioned, Street Level Spelling Bee And This Ain T No Staged Production, Either Letters Fly Like Jump Kicks And The Losers Leave Bruised And Beaten Often Than Not Soon He S Propelled Into The Fast Paced World Of Competitive Spelling By The Mysterious Outlaw King And His Cohort The Black Queen Does Webster Have What It Takes To Get The Spelling World Buzzing Find Out In This Word Based Battle Royale From Web Sensations Ananth Panagariya Johnny Wander And Tessa Stone Hanna Is Not A Boy S Name Set in a world which revolves around spelling bees, awkward teen Webster gets drawn into the world of illegal one on one street spelling bees He s befriended by a pair of spelling outlaws after they see the potential in him and decide to enter him in the biggest spelling competition in the land Can Webster defeat the most dangerous speller of them all and bring down the Spelluminati Published by Oni Press and drawn in Tessa Stone s Manga influenced art style, Buzz bears than a passing resemblance to Oni s biggest success, Scott Pilgrim Ananth Panagariya and Stone take the dull concept of spelling bees and jazz them up by making the letters that spell the words become actual weapons to attack opponents with so you get the Scott Pilgrim ish lavish fight sequences As you would expect in a comic with such a heavy emphasis on spelling bees ruling the world, the book is quite comedic and knowingly silly, a tone that s a lot like Scott Pilgrim s Stone s art style manages to make two people spelling obscure words seem extremely dramatic which is a helluva feat by itself The opponents Webster go up against are also similarly outr from an immortal who has seen every language develop since man first appeared to a sorceress who magics up words.I found the story to be a bit one dimensional we don t spend much time outside the tournament to learn about the characters wider world so that it restricts the reader from being fully drawn into the book Given the huge cultural significance of spelling bees in this culture, I d have liked to have seen it reflected in the architecture, or fashion, or dialogue rather than have the outside world be unaffected by it, besides cheering on spellers in a stadium Also the characters are somewhat archetypical not one of them seeming original, and the dialogue is a bit dull.I do like the direction of this book and would like to see comics like this that take an ordinary concept and play around with it to create something different and clever, rather than see even superhero analogue stories or fantasy sci fi mash ups Buzz is an entertaining enough book that fans of manga think Dragon Ball s tournaments but with a much larger vocabulary and Scott Pilgrim will enjoy the most. If Scott Pilgrim entered spelling bees. Spelling Bee Fight Club Highly recommended for fans of Scott Pilgrim a little cleaner of a read so safe to recommend for younger readers as well This book had me helpless with laughter than once. The artwork is amazingly dynamic, especially during the spelling contest It s like the contestants are casting powerful spells rather than spelling out words The whole thing is exaggerated to say the least, especially given the physical effect of spelling out a word, but that s what stands out as unique in this book It s a bit like manga in this regard.Webster is a geeky dude in high school Merriam is his older, cooler, hotter sister who is training him in spelling Thanks to Khan, nicknamed the Outlaw King, Webster gets mixed up in an illegal spelling bee contest He does fine, but the grammar police break up the party and he gets away with the Black Queen s help, real name Bonnie ie , not y She is just as famous in the spelling bee circles as Khan is The story follows Webster on the road to national spelling bee champion view spoiler When Webster meets the Outlaw King again he is dared into accepting to participate in a national spelling bee contest Poor, innocent Webster is so easy to control Khan was part of the Spelluminati, a group that has files on everybody, and wants to take them down What he doesn t know is that the Spelluminati already reached Bonnie and Merriam.The contest goes well for Webster and Black Queen The final match is between Webster and the feared Beest who savagely defeated the Black Queen previously Before the match begins she reveals herself as Merriam Their word battle lasts for hours and Merriam is the first to give up Webster becomes the national champion and thanks his sister for training him so hard Meanwhile Khan finds evidence that the Spelluminati were responsible for Webster s parents being deported and the group is arrested.Webster already has another contest to look forward to as he, Khan, Bonnie and Merriam drive into the sunset hide spoiler I liked this book quite a bit Spelling bees have become huge Like insanely popular for some reason It even leads to underground spelling bee competitions And everyone has a style of spelling that lets them attack their opponent The premise makes me feel like this could have been a manga And the art leans that way too, but it is not quite as stylized as most manga tend to be.The story is pretty straight forward Webster is a young man who is just entering high school, he has been studying like mad, and he happens to run across an illegal bee that jumpstarts the whole book The characters he meets there shape how he approaches the rest of the challenges in the book Of course, they have their own motives and hope that Webster can help them achieve their goals There is even a group of people out to oppose them They aren t necessarily bad guys or villains though It takes on sort of a heist style feeling as Webster and his friends try to take down the group known as the Spelluminati.Where the book really stood out to me is in the art The use of color is fantastic The art is mostly black and white with patches of yellow thrown in to accentuate the characters or events This really sticks with the whole bee theme going on in the book The style of the art is cartoonish It works well with the story and lets the spelling bee moments become a bit interesting as you see the character spelling the words and shaping the world around them This was actually quite a bit different in tone and story than I was expecting and the book is better for it. This is a strange little fellow It s one of those books that take you half way through till you fall for it The second half was just so much entertaining as by then I d caught up in the story and characters, which are very unusual, to say the least This is a take on the martial arts battle mangas only here we have spelling bee competitors battling each other with the letters forming into solid shapes and attacking the other person, causing injury OK, it sounds weird and honestly, I thought what the heck when I first started it almost not wanting to finish the book But I m glad I did because it has a good message of believing in yourself and it turned out to be quite a fun story I can see myself enjoying this much as a teen as I was one of those word nerd girls LOL I liked the art very manga like but the use of yellow in the b w illustrations was not aesthetically pleasing. Where in the world is Tessa Stone After the abrupt and unannounced discontinuation of Hanna is Not a Boy s Name, Tessa Stone returns to the comic world with a bang Buzz , a story about Spelling Bee Fight Club, follows the adventures of Webster haha and his unfortunate involvement in the dark underbelly of spelling bee politics.I hate to compare Buzzwith Tessa s previous work especially since it it ended on such an unfortunate note , but I am going to because of her sudden return A lot of her fans had wondered when the next page of HINABN was going to be released, but she disappeared without a word Her fans will be rejoicing when they see her new work.The characters are reminiscent of previous characters of Tessa Webster and Khan seem to share a lot of physical attributes of Hanna gangly, awkward, childish and Zombie tall, masculine.However, aside from those physical similarities and some related to personality , the two stories could not be any different Ananth Panagariya you ll know him from Johnny Wander, which is drawn by Yuko Ota crafts and intelligent and extremely ridiculous yet fun story about spelling bees.One of the best parts of the novel is the way that the art and words are combined The words that are spelled are seamlessly added to the environment in amazing ways for each word Tessa s pacing and paneling are still top notch, which creates smooth transitions from scene to scene None of the panels feel too busy or quick and no page feels like there is too much going on.What is interesting about Buzzin comparison to HINABN is the use of colour In HINABN, each page was fully painted and had a full palette Buzzuses a limited palette of black, white, grey, and yellow, which highlights key elements of each scene Obviously this is due in part to the cost issue of publishing a full colour graphic novel of this length, in addition to time it would take to colour everything fully Tessa s artistic growth continued long after HINABN ended It s great to see her working again and in a professional capacity this time.I truly look forward to seeing from her in the future I hope that this is not the last we see of her.