The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins

The Adventure Zone Here There Be Gerblins Welcome to the Adventure Zone SEE The illustrated exploits of three lovable dummies set loose in a classic fantasy adventure READ Their journey from small time bodyguards to world class artifact hunte

  • Title: The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins
  • Author: Clint McElroy
  • ISBN: The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins
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  • Page: 274
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  • Welcome to the Adventure Zone SEE The illustrated exploits of three lovable dummies set loose in a classic fantasy adventure READ Their journey from small time bodyguards to world class artifact hunters MARVEL At the sheer metafictional chutzpah of a graphic novel based on a story created in a podcast where three dudes and their dad play a tabletop role playing game in Welcome to the Adventure Zone SEE The illustrated exploits of three lovable dummies set loose in a classic fantasy adventure READ Their journey from small time bodyguards to world class artifact hunters MARVEL At the sheer metafictional chutzpah of a graphic novel based on a story created in a podcast where three dudes and their dad play a tabletop role playing game in real time Join Taako the elf wizard, Merle the dwarf cleric, and Magnus the human warrior for an adventure they are poorly equipped to handle AT BEST, guided guided by their snarky DM, in a graphic novel that, like the smash hit podcast it s based on, will tickle your funny bone, tug your heartstrings, and probably pants you if you give it half a chance.With endearingly off kilter storytelling from master goofballs Clint McElroy and the McElroy brothers, and vivid, adorable art by Carey Pietsch, The Adventure Zone Here There be Gerblins is the comics equivalent of role playing in your friend s basement at 2am, eating Cheetos and laughing your ass off as she rolls critical failure after critical failure Get A Copy Kindle Store 9.99 StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisIndigoBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Paperback, 256 pages Published July 17th 2018 by First Second More Details Original Title The Adventure Zone Here There Be Gerblins ISBN 1250153700 ISBN13 9781250153708 Edition Language English Series The Adventure Zone Graphic Novels 1 Literary Awards Choice Award Nominee for Graphic Novels Comics 2018 Other Editions 2 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail Edit Details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Adventure Zone, please sign up Popular Answered Questions Do you have to listen to the podcast to understand the book 3 likeslike one year ago See all 3 answers Jackie Nope If you enjoy the comic though, I d definitely listen to the podcast afterwards as it s excellent The two go well together, but the comic stands Nope If you enjoy the comic though, I d definitely listen to the podcast afterwards as it s excellent The two go well together, but the comic stands alone and makes sense without background context There are inside jokes that you wouldn t get unless you are part of the fandom, but nothing that sticks out or doesn t stand on its own less flag I have pre ordered the book, but does anyone know the true release date When I preordered it said Juli 2018, but the reciept says it will be delivered in April 2017 Also, happy Story and Song part 2 day everyone like 2 years ago Add your answer Kai currently says April 10, 2018 The price also changed, as far as I can tell, so things might continue to change flag See all 3 questions about The Adventure Zone Lists with This Book Books of Podcasts 82 books 15 voters 2019 Hugo Awards Best Graphic Story 33 books 41 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 4.31 Rating details 12,880 ratings 1,414 reviews All LanguagesEnglish 1394 Espa ol 2 More filters Sort order Apr 20, 2018 Patrick rated it it was amazing Shelves books i would blurb, graphic novels you should read, talking a lot of shit I m a big fan of The Adventure Zone podcast So when the McElroys asked me if I wanted to write an introduction for the upcoming comic book adaptation, I gave an enthusiastic hell yes.I just re read my Advance Reader Copy of the book, and rather than ramble on here, I m going to print that introduction in its entirety, so you can see how I really feel about the book When it comes to the Adventure Zone, and the McElroys as a whole, I ll admit that I ve been late to the game.My friends have a I m a big fan of The Adventure Zone podcast So when the McElroys asked me if I wanted to write an introduction for the upcoming comic book adaptation, I gave an enthusiastic hell yes.I just re read my Advance Reader Copy of the book, and rather than ramble on here, I m going to print that introduction in its entirety, so you can see how I really feel about the book When it comes to the Adventure Zone, and the McElroys as a whole, I ll admit that I ve been late to the game.My friends have adored them for years But I m stubborn, so it wasn t until November of 2016 that I finally caved to peer pressure and began sampling their unique flavor of artisanal auditory delectation I listened to an episode of My Brother My Brother and Me, and the McElroys hit my life like a new religion Within two months, I d listened to over 250 episodes of MBMBaM And I would have made it through the entirety of their archive shortly thereafter but then I discovered the Adventure Zone If learning about MBMBAM was like a religious conversion The Adventure Zone was like suddenly falling in love Plus getting hit by lightning Plus coffee Plus hugging Lin Manuel Miranda while eating an ice cream sundae Okay I m not doing a good job of this Let me start again.For those of you who may not know, I m a fantasy author My books have been translated into 35 languages and sell millions of copies all over the world I mention this not to brag, but because it s the easiest way to prove I know a little bit about stories I story for a living I m pretty good at it.So let me say, honestly and sincerely, that The Adventure Zone is some of the finest storytelling I have ever experienced In any genre Ever.I also know a little bit about role playing I ve played DD since 1982 Worked my way through every edition Except 4th These days I play DD in packed stadiums with Acquisitions Incorporated I guest star in with Critical Role I ve visited the DD offices, and we re currently working on some secrety collaborations together.With that in mind, I d like to say that The McElroys have done something with DD I have never seen before They ve done something I didn t know it was possible to do They ve made something magical, and loving, and kind, and beautiful The world is better because this story is in it I ve listened to the entirety of The Adventure Zone than three times over the last eight months I m not just a fan, I m a missionary I m a zealot I m not saying I m working on my Merle cosplay or anything But yeah Fine I ll admit it, I m working on my cosplay What you hold in your hands is a brave experiment An attempt to translate pure audio improvisational storytelling into a visual medium I ve done some work in comics, and I can t think of a harder transition for a story to make And I adore what they ve done here Not just in the reflected light of my affection for the Adventure Zone podcast, but as an entity distinct unto itself I already know the story, but there are surprises here I know what s going to happen, but I love seeing these good good boys beginning their marvelous adventure all over again flag 427 likesLike see review View all 12 comments Jul 17, 2018 Charlotte rated it it was amazing Shelves wizards n dragons n shit idk, gross sobbing Full disclosure Merle has cast Zone of Truth, so this review is unreservedly honest.If you are anything like me, you re coming to this book with years of feverish McElroy sycophancy under the belt, many of which have been spent urgently foisting The Adventure Zone and My Brother, My Brother and Me upon poor unsuspecting friends The Donald Duck impressions bit is my go to introductory bit But whether you re a superfan or a newcomer looking to dip your toes in, I can say with full confidence Full disclosure Merle has cast Zone of Truth, so this review is unreservedly honest.If you are anything like me, you re coming to this book with years of feverish McElroy sycophancy under the belt, many of which have been spent urgently foisting The Adventure Zone and My Brother, My Brother and Me upon poor unsuspecting friends The Donald Duck impressions bit is my go to introductory bit But whether you re a superfan or a newcomer looking to dip your toes in, I can say with full confidence that Here There Be Gerblins perfectly captures everything that makes McElboy content the wonderful, wonderful stuff that it is the warmth and kindness, the zaniness and perpetual yes and ing of it all are just as present here as they are in the original TAZ podcast Let s just be honest those first few episodes were a little rough The jokes took a while to settle, and the flow of the narrative was a bit wonky at first In Here There Be Gerblins, Clint has tidily spliced out the most egregious of the inappropriate dick jokes and all of the lengthy diversions into the minutiae of combat rules, while providing just the right amount of exposition and capturing all the best moments from the show Carey s art style is perfectly suited to the story being told here it is vivid and bursting with character, and she has a special knack for nailing Taako s expressions Reading this comic brought back all the excitement of my first listen through the Balance Arc I closed the book with a full heart and a giant grin, just so so thankful for the incredible story that I m now getting to experience all over again Tres Horny Boys are just getting started, and I couldn t be happier to be along for the ride It s gonna be amazing flag 35 likesLike see review View 1 comment Apr 18, 2018 Megan rated it it was amazing Shelves favorites 2018, arcs, blurbs and opinions, art dot png 1 I cannot believe I snagged an ARC of this Thanks, Macmillian Honestly I m 2 ALL RIGHT, GUYS, HERE WE GO It s absolutely, 100%, exactly everything you always wanted.Carey Pietsch did an absolutely MAGNIFICENT job with the character designs And the environment designs And literally everything, to be honest All of the artwork is stunning It s hard to translate something purely auditory into a visual medium, especially something so beloved that has millions of different people imagin 1 I cannot believe I snagged an ARC of this Thanks, Macmillian Honestly I m 2 ALL RIGHT, GUYS, HERE WE GO It s absolutely, 100%, exactly everything you always wanted.Carey Pietsch did an absolutely MAGNIFICENT job with the character designs And the environment designs And literally everything, to be honest All of the artwork is stunning It s hard to translate something purely auditory into a visual medium, especially something so beloved that has millions of different people imagining millions of different versions of Griffin s descriptions But Pietsch manages to synthesize an amalgam of ideas into images that are instantly recognizable Even if it s not exactly what you or I imagined when listening to the podcast, everything and everyone is somehow exactly what I expected Magic Brian in particular Guys, Magic Brian looks EXACTLY how Magic Brian sounds It s vonderful, darlings The facial expressions in particular are so spectacular I had a few moments where I just had to stop and stare at the panels for a few seconds like, damn. It s not an exact word for word transcription of the podcast, but there are enough of the exact jokes and phrases and descriptions in there that it feels like it s a word for word transcription There s nothing missing Any catchphrases you were worried about Don t be They re there Any of Griffin s wacky descriptions He pops up and gives them Merle s Kenny Chesney jokes Worry not It s cleaned up a bit, polished and shiny, a little sleeker and streamlined, but it s still everything that everyone loves so much about the podcast irreverent, hilarious, with that backbone of absolutely brilliant storytelling that you can t ignore, and the characters that are lovable and disgusting and wonderful, terrible people that we all know and love I can t stop smiling about this book It s beautiful and funny and heartfelt It s everything I love about The Adventure Zone, bound up in a book like a hug I can t wait for everyone to get to read it in July It s going to be so worth the wait It s going to be brilliant It IS brilliant So even if you think you re good out here, please rush into it Zone of truth here you won t regret it I promise flag 33 likesLike see review Aug 02, 2017 Epizeuxis rated it it was amazing Shelves fantasy, graphic novel, owned, comics, fiction, humor, magic, series I m really, really biased here, so my rating counts for nothing.Some BackgroundI ve been listening to a half dozen McElroy pronounced MAC EL ROY, not MIC EHL ROY don t worry, it s a mistake everyone makes at first podcasts for a couple of years now, The Adventure Zone among them What initially started as a one off special that the brothers did while Justin was on break from their first and longest running series, My Brother, My Brother, and Me, after the birth of his first daughter, mor I m really, really biased here, so my rating counts for nothing.Some BackgroundI ve been listening to a half dozen McElroy pronounced MAC EL ROY, not MIC EHL ROY don t worry, it s a mistake everyone makes at first podcasts for a couple of years now, The Adventure Zone among them What initially started as a one off special that the brothers did while Justin was on break from their first and longest running series, My Brother, My Brother, and Me, after the birth of his first daughter, morphed into what s arguably become their most popular show, and it s easy to see why.This book covers the first six episode arc of their first campaign, called Balance, during which they played the 5th edition of DD After it wrapped at 69 nice episodes two years later, the boys brothers Justin, Travis, and Griffin, and their dad, Clint dabbled in some new stories via other tabletop games to give the others namely Clint and Travis a chance to DM, before deciding to settle on Griffin s try out as the new season two of the show.As such, The Adventure Zone is currently in the middle of Amnesty, which uses the Monster of the Week game as its foundation It s a great new world that I ve personally been really enjoying, and while the show has gone through a lot of different iterations by now, all of which have their fair share of strengths and fans, Balance remains and will probably always remain the favorite among fans And for good reason.If you haven t listened to the show yet, I urge you to do so I could write several thousand words on what the McElroys mean to me, how much their work has helped me through some tough times, and how much I generally adore the family, but I ll leave it at this these are good people who have done their utmost throughout the years to be as sensitive, inclusive, and accepting as possible in all things, and the world is a better place because they re in it Balance starts off fairly slow, because it was, as mentioned, initially just meant to be a one off special Nobody had a whole lot of recent experience with DD Clint had never played, Griffin had never DM ed and they were playing with the official starter pack that Wizards of the Coast sells, which has a pretty clich d plot and silly set of characters to work with Once it developed into a proper series, the evolution was a lovely one to watch Griffin let his imagination run wild and proved to be an incredible storyteller, the others gave their characters amazing levels of depth and poignancy despite all of the jokes, and by the time the second arc rolled around, The Adventure Zone became something truly special By the time it wrapped, it had become extraordinary, and easily one of the best stories I ve ever watched unfold in any medium I don t want to say too much, because one of the great joys of this campaign is how much unexpectedly greater a thing it becomes after its humble start, but know this there s much, much, much to it than what you see here, and it s a thing of beauty Hence the five star rating There was really no way that it wasn t going to get it I ve listened to the campaign twice now, and will probably start a third run through soon And it will probably make me cry, as it always seems to.The BookThis comic adaptation is about as close to capturing the lovely chaos that is the podcast in print form A few things are lost in translation, but the only big one is that they had to tweak a few character names to avoid copyright issues with WotC, as a couple of these early players come from the starting module that they ran with then quickly abandoned Which means we lose out on our beloved Klarg s proper name, but he s still the big, adorable bugbear that we all know and love Perhaps so, even, given his design You also miss out on a lot of the out of character banter and joking that you would expect from a family playing DD together, but such is to be expected Besides, that s what the podcast is for.The ArtThere is, of course, the issue that comes from turning an audio based medium into a print one, which is that it gives these characters a definitive look that goes against a lot of headcanons and fan art This led to some bugaboo when the designs were first revealed, particularly as it concerns the race and skin tone of certain characters namely Taako and Merle Perfectly valid responses, and the McElroys have noted that these designs are not canon but just one possible interpretation In many ways, they were in something of a lose lose situation, as there was no look that they could have given their cast without someone taking umbrage with it, and I think the compromise they settled on was about the best they could have done.For my part, I m satisfied with the designs particularly Klarg s Carey s artwork feels purposefully rough while still remaining colorful and warm, which seems a perfect fit for the story and its tone the facial expressions in particular are consistently fantastic and really bring the characters to life in a way that the boys could never quite do due to the limitations of the original format It also seems that the boys were determined to make the cast as diverse as the fans tend to imagine them and they themselves have gone to great lengths to confirm, which is an especially nice bonus.The WritingThe story is a mostly 1 1 adaptation that covers all of the good stuff of the first arc I particularly like the way they ve incorporated Griffin as the DM into the action by turning him into a fourth wall breaking commentator who frequently intrudes on the others shenanigans to give them information or change things in the world It s a smart way to make sure he s included while retaining the show s meta heavy humor none of these dorks ever really took things too seriously at first , and Griffin was nevera particularly strict DM, so it s good that they ve kept that spirit alive, as it ensures that the podcast s unique feel and some of the narrative s best improvised moments are retained.The dialogue, meanwhile, is silly, clever, and funny, and it keeps all of these beloved characters intact despite the shift in medium it s clear that Clint and his sons know one another and their characters well Of course, it helps that they re all great at improv, so they already had plenty of good stuff to work with The comic doesn t rewrite anything from the podcast so much as it tweaks it a bit to keep it streamlined And remove most of the dick jokes.My RecommendationSo if you re an Adventure Zone fan, this one is a no brainer If you aren t, but enjoy DD and aren t going to take the casual approach to it too personally and or fantasy comics in general, you ll probably want to get it, too.Mostly, I wrote this review to talk about how much I love the McElroys Ultimately very self serving, but whatever The next arc s adaptation is already set for a summer release, so get in now things are going to get wild flag 27 likesLike see review Jul 18, 2018 Tori rated it it was ok Shelves read 2018 I feel bad about this rating has two stars as meaning it was ok and that s really how I feel about this adaptation It had almost none of the magic of the podcast It tries to capture at times the goofy, playful feeling the original telling of the McElroys playing together and figuring out how to make DD work, but these attempts, to me, fell flat and felt out of place As such, the shining moments of the first arc of The Adventure Zone Balance, really don t come across the same I feel bad about this rating has two stars as meaning it was ok and that s really how I feel about this adaptation It had almost none of the magic of the podcast It tries to capture at times the goofy, playful feeling the original telling of the McElroys playing together and figuring out how to make DD work, but these attempts, to me, fell flat and felt out of place As such, the shining moments of the first arc of The Adventure Zone Balance, really don t come across the same I m thinking notably of Taako s Abracafuck you, and the death of Magic Brian I will allow, perhaps this comes from me as a reader expecting those jokes and consequently having them miss the mark, but I don t feel like someone with no prior knowledge of the universe could come to this graphic novel and get the same appreciation out of the story I almost wish they had done away with the whole DD pretense and just told the straight up stories The moments where the DM interjects don t feel natural, possibly because there s no initial framing with the players and the DM Much of the charm of The Adventure Zone podcast comes from the McElroys playing off of and against each other We still have the DM character in the print adaptation, but we don t have the players behind Magnus, Merle, and Taako This may be a case of expectation vs reality because based on other reviews, I m an outlier I think I would check out future adaptations, Here There Be Gerblins is arguably the weakest chapter of the Balance arc, and that probably plays a role into things, but if you re new to the Adventure Zone and curious, I would not recommend starting here flag 24 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Dec 25, 2018 David Schaafsma rated it it was ok Shelves gn superhero scifi fantasy, gn ya I mainly read this because it was a 2018 Graphic Novel Comics series nominee and I thought this year I would read the few I had not already read, but 1 I am not a gamer, nope never have been and 2 I am not particularly a fantasy guy On the positive side of the ledger, I do like it that it is a father and sons project I am a father and like that aspect of it I almost rated it up a point just for that , but I have never listened to the podcast on which it is based IF you are a game I mainly read this because it was a 2018 Graphic Novel Comics series nominee and I thought this year I would read the few I had not already read, but 1 I am not a gamer, nope never have been and 2 I am not particularly a fantasy guy On the positive side of the ledger, I do like it that it is a father and sons project I am a father and like that aspect of it I almost rated it up a point just for that , but I have never listened to the podcast on which it is based IF you are a gamer and like Dungeons and Dragons in particular and if you listen to the podcast, and you like the father son angle, then I suspect you are among the many who got this book nominated and garnered for it a 4.28 as of today rating Otherwise, I thought it was just basically a straight fantasy romp, with mostly purple goofy artwork by Carey Pietsch flag 23 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Oct 14, 2018 Jay G rated it it was amazing Shelves favorites Want to see bookish things from me Check out my youtube channel you to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest review Video Review off of a Dungeons and Dragons podcast run by three brothers and their dad, this adventure follows three unlikely heroes Taako the elf wizard, Merle the dwarf cleric, and Magnus the human warrior They set off on a quest to save Merle s cousin but things ge Want to see bookish things from me Check out my youtube channel you to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest review Video Review off of a Dungeons and Dragons podcast run by three brothers and their dad, this adventure follows three unlikely heroes Taako the elf wizard, Merle the dwarf cleric, and Magnus the human warrior They set off on a quest to save Merle s cousin but things get a little bit hectic.This graphic novel was AMAZING It s definitely mature than what I ve recently read but I don t think I stopped laughing once The characters are so lovable and witty and their banter with one another is hilarious I honestly can t decide which of the three are my favourite they each bring such unique personalities and characteristics to the story Magnus is such a precious cinnamon roll and I love his go get em attitude Taako s one liners were amazing and I loved how sassy he was Merle was such a scardey cat and I loved him as well I also loved how Griffin McElroy, the Dungeon Master was included through out the story to push the characters along when needed The side characters were also larger than life and didn t feel like they were just included for the sake of being included I can t wait to see where the characters take us next The artwork is so vivid and the facial expressions of the characters are so expressive I loved the colours and how bright they were The panels instantly grabbed my attention and they made me want to keep reading Personally, I have never listened to the podcast the book is based off of but I still found it easy enough to follow and was immediately captivated by the characters and storyline I am so excited for the second installment when it s released flag 17 likesLike see review Nov 14, 2018 Chad rated it really liked it Shelves 2018 Apparently I m no longer one of the cool kids, because I d never heard of this podcast before today This is based on an RPG podcast where three brothers record their role playing adventures with their dad This reads exactly like one of the Dungeons Dragons campaigns I used to have with my friends growing up Lots of irreverence and goofing off amidst a fantasy backdrop that we actually grew to take very seriously as time was invested in our characters I liked the look ins from the DM I Apparently I m no longer one of the cool kids, because I d never heard of this podcast before today This is based on an RPG podcast where three brothers record their role playing adventures with their dad This reads exactly like one of the Dungeons Dragons campaigns I used to have with my friends growing up Lots of irreverence and goofing off amidst a fantasy backdrop that we actually grew to take very seriously as time was invested in our characters I liked the look ins from the DM I was OK with no peeks at the people behind the characters as the dialogue provided the gist of it anyway Besides, who wants to see panels of kids drinking lots of Mountain Dew and eating potato chips as they game The art was cartoony but fit for the setting flag 14 likesLike see review Jul 06, 2018 Trin rated it really liked it Shelves 2010s, american lit, graphicnovel Doesn t quite capture the experience of listening to it, and I m honestly not sure how clearly it would read to someone who hasn t listened, but as a supplement to the original podcast, it gave me a lot of warm fuzzy feelings of getting to hang out with a gang I love, back at the very beginning flag 12 likesLike see review Jun 15, 2019 Ashley Daviau rated it it was amazing review of another edition You know a story is going to be good when Patrick Rothfuss is writing the intro and a big fan And this graphic novel was beyond good In fact, it s one of the best ones I ve read yet I absolutely devoured it, I couldn t get enough of this hilarious story It had everything you could want humour, swearing, magic, battles and everything else you could imagine Add to that the fact that the illustrations are out of this world and you have pure gold flag 11 likesLike see review Mar 19, 2019 Connor rated it liked it Shelves comic books 3.5 Stars I think I should have checked out the podcast before jumping into this I than likely would have appreciated this with knowing a bit about the authors I also have no experience with table top games and don t know how they re generally played cue the booing So when they brought the dice out and talk about spell slots, I didn t fully follow But I thought this was a fun romp with some solid art The characters are all pretty consistent, and I enjoyed their banter I e 3.5 Stars I think I should have checked out the podcast before jumping into this I than likely would have appreciated this with knowing a bit about the authors I also have no experience with table top games and don t know how they re generally played cue the booing So when they brought the dice out and talk about spell slots, I didn t fully follow But I thought this was a fun romp with some solid art The characters are all pretty consistent, and I enjoyed their banter I enjoyed the ridiculous and light hearted nature of this, so I think I ll check out the podcast to get a better idea of the people behind the story flag 12 likesLike see review Jan 06, 2019 Caroline rated it liked it 3.5 out of 5 starsI VE listened the podcast of this series and really enjoyed it so I was super interested to read the graphic novelisation of it and see how it translated As always it s an incredibly fun story The world building is rich and the characters are loveable oafs The way Griffin the DM is integrated into the story was very clever and there were lovely little asides where the characters would interact with him These moments were funny and always came at the right moment, providin 3.5 out of 5 starsI VE listened the podcast of this series and really enjoyed it so I was super interested to read the graphic novelisation of it and see how it translated As always it s an incredibly fun story The world building is rich and the characters are loveable oafs The way Griffin the DM is integrated into the story was very clever and there were lovely little asides where the characters would interact with him These moments were funny and always came at the right moment, providing me with goofy laughs at the expense of what was happening in story like they would comment on the story sometimes it s funny and meta, you ll love it.The art is really wonderful The artist has done an incredible job Facial expressions are particularly expressive and the world looks very fantasy There are bursts of colour on some pages which are lovely and add a surprising amount of impact to the story I thought this would be a bit of a fun read and would refresh my memory considering I listened to the podcast over a year ago What surprised me was that the graphic format provided a completely unique way to experience this wonderful, wacky world I ll definitely be continuing flag 11 likesLike see review May 10, 2018 unknown rated it it was amazing It s really quite remarkable how they ve been able to translate the feel of the podcast into a comic Really well done I truly hope all of the campaigns are adapted And, oh, the foreshadowing The pathos flag 9 likesLike see review Apr 23, 2019 rachel rated it really liked it Shelves 4 star, coverporn, graphic novels, paranormal fantasy uf, booktube sff awards Trigger warnings for view spoiler self immolation, self inflicted wounds, alcohol consumption, blood gore, physical injuries, death of a family member, murder, attempted murder, explosion, fire, kidnapping, hostage situation, and graphic animal death dead bodies hide spoiler Blog Twitter Instagram flag 8 likesLike see review Nov 22, 2018 Shaun Hutchinson added it I enjoyed this Not as much as the podcast, but I think it ll be interesting to watch the comic find its feet in the same way the podcast did flag 7 likesLike see review View 1 comment Aug 22, 2018 Crowinator rated it it was amazing Shelves 2018 reads, adult, adventure, comics gns manga, favorites 2018, retellings, pop culture, ya, also a movie game show, characters i love After spending years of my life on Critical Role my first and truest love , I have now expanded my DD world to include the hilarious and sweet Adventure Zone graphic novel and podcast This was just stupid great I ve only listened to three episodes of the podcast and I loved seeing it reflected in the graphic novel they did an amazing job translating this in multiple ways from live game to podcast to GN Amazing On a side note, I d like to read the Critical Role graphic novel as well After spending years of my life on Critical Role my first and truest love , I have now expanded my DD world to include the hilarious and sweet Adventure Zone graphic novel and podcast This was just stupid great I ve only listened to three episodes of the podcast and I loved seeing it reflected in the graphic novel they did an amazing job translating this in multiple ways from live game to podcast to GN Amazing On a side note, I d like to read the Critical Role graphic novel as well and buy it for my library , but they didn t release it in a way that is widely available or affordable, and as such, no libraries have it C mon guys flag 7 likesLike see review Nov 18, 2018 Rod Brown rated it it was ok I m trying to catch up on the few Choice Awards graphic novels that I haven t read in the final round, which is why I am reading a graphic novel adaptation of a work with which I have no familiarity despite my repeated vows to myself to never do that again Apparently this is based on a podcast And maybe hearing the guys talk makes all the difference, because I did not find this tribute to Dungeons Dragons to be particularly funny, despite all the heavy handed effort obvious on I m trying to catch up on the few Choice Awards graphic novels that I haven t read in the final round, which is why I am reading a graphic novel adaptation of a work with which I have no familiarity despite my repeated vows to myself to never do that again Apparently this is based on a podcast And maybe hearing the guys talk makes all the difference, because I did not find this tribute to Dungeons Dragons to be particularly funny, despite all the heavy handed effort obvious on each page Ho hum.I ll stick with Delicious in Dungeon, thank you flag 6 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Aug 12, 2018 Tori rated it it was amazing Shelves graphic novel, found family, gods and monsters I M OVERJOYED I m so lucky that TAZ Balance hasn t ended with the podcast and my overwhelming love for it can transfer to graphic novels now too The story and characters translated so well from audio to visual and this was a super fun adaptation of the first arc I am SO EXCITED for and to hopefully someday own all of Balance on my bookshelf flag 6 likesLike see review Aug 30, 2018 DeLani rated it it was amazing Thanks to the graphic novel release, I started listening to TAZ for the first time and I m loving it so far This book was beautiful done and the story was so lovingly crafted, I can t wait to consume the whole story in this format Also, Magic Brian is my favorite villain of all time flag 6 likesLike see review Oct 13, 2017 Aaron Gertler rated it really liked it Update Recently read the actual graphic novel It s really well done, and a few original jokes land well, but the material can t help but lose something in the translation away from audio the biggest loss may be the bits where the brothers crack each other up and have to stop and laugh it off Big fans of the podcast will enjoy it, but I wouldn t consider it essential Once the scope of the story grows and the potential visuals become epic, the books might get better Past review For n Update Recently read the actual graphic novel It s really well done, and a few original jokes land well, but the material can t help but lose something in the translation away from audio the biggest loss may be the bits where the brothers crack each other up and have to stop and laugh it off Big fans of the podcast will enjoy it, but I wouldn t consider it essential Once the scope of the story grows and the potential visuals become epic, the books might get better Past review For now, reviewing the book as a way of reviewing the podcast, which is a five star piece of audio storytelling just as compelling as any book I ve ever read Listen to the first episode, and you ll find yourself laughing a lot crying a little over the next few weeks flag 6 likesLike see review Apr 25, 2018 Demi rated it it was amazing This adaptation turned out great I m thrilled I m especially appreciative of the fact that each joke felt like it deserved to be in print, and not like you were missing something by not listening to the podcast Good job, McElboys flag 6 likesLike see review Aug 23, 2018 Anwen Hayward rated it it was amazing Shelves graphic novels, tena lady WHEN IS THE NEXT ONE OUT, AND HOW DOES ONE MAKE IT KNOWN IN A LEGAL SENSE THAT THEY WOULD DIE FOR TAAKO flag 6 likesLike see review Jul 18, 2018 Kathinka rated it it was amazing Shelves 2018 i love it so much im genuinely considering buying a second copy flag 6 likesLike see review Jul 23, 2018 Kristi rated it it was amazing Shelves graphic novel, absolute favorites Oh you guys, I m not sure I can really be objective when it comes to this book in particular and The Adventure Zone as a whole The podcast itself came into my life a couple of years ago in a moment when not only was I just venturing into tabletop gaming myself, but I was struggling with severe depression and anxiety It was exactly what I needed, and while when I started listening I was desperate for the laughs it gave me, the fact that the story deepened and grew into something really interest Oh you guys, I m not sure I can really be objective when it comes to this book in particular and The Adventure Zone as a whole The podcast itself came into my life a couple of years ago in a moment when not only was I just venturing into tabletop gaming myself, but I was struggling with severe depression and anxiety It was exactly what I needed, and while when I started listening I was desperate for the laughs it gave me, the fact that the story deepened and grew into something really interesting as it went along is what kept me hooked I admit, I cried listening to a DD podcast during the climax of the Balance arc Now, the graphic novel adaptation of the first chapter of the story is out, and again, it came into my life at the perfect time as I deal with family medical issues I got the book yesterday, curled up in bed with it, and finished it within a couple of hours There s not a lot that s new here for avid listeners of the podcast Some of the dialogue is slightly different and a few names have been changed for copyright reasons, but otherwise it s the classic adventure that started Merle, Magnus, and Taako and their DM and babyest brother Griffin down the path to something epic The art work is lovely and expressive and does a great job of converting an entirely audio based medium to something visual I especially liked the way Griffin s role as DM was handled, with his image appearing occasionally as some sort of god to the characters to nudge them along, remind them of how the rules work, and occasionally just to laugh at them It s hard to fully represent Griffin on the page when you consider that in the show he s playing virtually every other character that appears alongside Tres Horny Boys, and the translation of some of his wilder characters like Magic Brian to the graphic novel format ends up missing a little something without his voice acting, but I didn t mind What Magic Brian lacked was made up for with the way Killian the orc is drawn I loved her, and I also caught the little cameo of her girlfriend Carey namesake of the artist at the very end So in summary, I loved this book, but let s be honest, I was probably always going to love it The real test will probably be how well it plays for people who haven t heard the podcast I thought it seemed pretty self contained and easy to follow, so I hope it picks up some new fans for The Adventure Zone Now I just have to wait for the second volume, Murder on the Rockport Limited, and the introduction of one of my favorite characters, view spoiler Angus McDonald, boy detective hide spoiler flag 5 likesLike see review May 03, 2019 Rachel Kalanadi rated it liked it Shelves 2018 releases, comics, booktubesff19 Good fun, especially if you re a DD player, I suppose I am not, but still enjoyed it as fluffy adventure flag 5 likesLike see review Jul 27, 2018 Maia rated it really liked it Shelves comics I ve been excited about this book ever since it was announced and was delighted to get to hear Travis McElroy, Clint McElroy and Carey Pietsch talk about it s creation on a panel at SDCC One of the early decisions they had to make was Would they include only Taako, Merle and Magnus as the characters or would they include Taako, Justin, Merle, Clint, Magnus AND Travis as characters Would Griffin s voice only be included in narration or would he appear as a character I think they made the righ I ve been excited about this book ever since it was announced and was delighted to get to hear Travis McElroy, Clint McElroy and Carey Pietsch talk about it s creation on a panel at SDCC One of the early decisions they had to make was Would they include only Taako, Merle and Magnus as the characters or would they include Taako, Justin, Merle, Clint, Magnus AND Travis as characters Would Griffin s voice only be included in narration or would he appear as a character I think they made the right choice in having Griffin, as an outside the narrative DM, interact with Taako, Merle and Magnus directly It does mean though that a lot of the dialogue especially in the first half of the book is newly written, to incorporate character traits that the McElroy family had not yet developed for their characters in the first few episodes Taako is interested in cooking from page 1, Merle has a connection to the beach, and Magnus is already carving ducks They worked very hard to make this story accessible to people who haven t listened to the podcast and I think they succeeded For people who have listened to the podcast, lines taken directly from it will sparkle with extra emotional resonance Carey Pietsch s art shines especially in character expressions and on pages that give new vistas to the world The moon base is far fleshed out than I d previously imagined it, and the fiery destruction of the town is terrible and heartbreaking I love that she s paid attention to some fanart canons, such as portraying Lucretia and Johann as people of color, and the over the top design of Magic Brian I practically cheered with Taako picked up the Umbra Staff and Merle first cast Zone of Truth At the moment I still love the podcast a little than the comic book version of this story, but I think the comics will only get better and better as the series goes along and the secondary cast is introduced I already can t wait for book 2 flag 5 likesLike see review Dec 22, 2018 Stewart Tame rated it liked it This was fun, though a bit low key than I was expecting Magnus, Taako, and Merle are adventurers They re actually characters in an RPG campaign, but, aside from some of their banter and occasional interruptions from Griffin, the Dungeon Master running the game, it plays as a fairly straightup fantasy comic The trio are on their way to deliver a wagon load of supplies to Merle s cousin in Haverdale, when complications set in Our intrepid heroes battle and charm their way through impossi This was fun, though a bit low key than I was expecting Magnus, Taako, and Merle are adventurers They re actually characters in an RPG campaign, but, aside from some of their banter and occasional interruptions from Griffin, the Dungeon Master running the game, it plays as a fairly straightup fantasy comic The trio are on their way to deliver a wagon load of supplies to Merle s cousin in Haverdale, when complications set in Our intrepid heroes battle and charm their way through impossible odds Will they save the day If you really don t know, you clearly haven t read much in this genre before This is decent light fantasy, somewhat reminiscent of Robert Asprin s classic Myth books, or perhaps Piers Anthony s Xanth The characters are fun Despite the rave quotes from various luminaries on the back cover, this book is not as gut bustingly hilarious as you might think It s fun, but in of a quiet smile and occasional chuckle kind of way Banter aside, the story is played fairly straight It s a decent story, and ends on a promising note for further adventures Recommended flag 5 likesLike see review Aug 21, 2018 Kristin rated it liked it As an attempt to capture the magic of the podcast it doesn t completely work.As an attempt to turn a podcast into a fully independent book it doesn t completely work.Already at a disadvantage without their distinct audio delivery and interactions to sell the story, their clunky unfamiliarity with the comic format undercuts some of the best moments and most memorable jokes Then there s the bizarre decision to cut out the characters real life counterparts The Adventure Zone is a Tabletop RPG podc As an attempt to capture the magic of the podcast it doesn t completely work.As an attempt to turn a podcast into a fully independent book it doesn t completely work.Already at a disadvantage without their distinct audio delivery and interactions to sell the story, their clunky unfamiliarity with the comic format undercuts some of the best moments and most memorable jokes Then there s the bizarre decision to cut out the characters real life counterparts The Adventure Zone is a Tabletop RPG podcast and cutting out the table banter and dice rolls, and never showing that Merle, Taako, and Magnus are part of a game cuts out a big part of what makes the podcast so endearing in the first place If you re going to include the DM as a character, you need to show the players for it to make any sense to readers flag 5 likesLike see review Jul 18, 2018 San rated it it was amazing the BEST thing to receive in the mail still marvelling at how well done this is, holy cow loving the art to bits, the expressions on each page kept giving me so much life that now I m probably immortal flag 5 likesLike see review Aug 28, 2018 Julia rated it really liked it While the podcast will always be my first love, this is an excellent adaptation and a great primer for anyone looking for a fast intro to The Zone flag 5 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity page 87 1 27 Sep 24, 2018 09 51AM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers also enjoyed

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