Read Mean Girls Club: Pink Dawn

Read Mean Girls Club: Pink Dawn by Ryan Heshka

The Mean Girls Club have been laying waste to the town for years, and Mayor Schlomo is hell-bent on their destruction. He has other plans for the town’s young women… brainwashing and sexual servitude. And so the Mayor blackmails a young mechanic by the name of Roxy to infiltrate the Clubhouse – but Roxy’s feisty attitude lands her an initiation into the Club instead! Torn between her obligations to her dying grandfather, the Mayor’s dirty threats, and her unexpected friendships with the Mean Girls, will Roxy help the Girls to bring down the Mayor’s cult once and for all?

Love love love the two-color artwork. The story is perfect as what it is: a homage / reimagining of femme fatales and 1950s B-movies and comic book tropes. It’s wildly over the top — intentionally — and composed of a mashup of caricatures and stereotypes, but still entertaining. I think paring back the number of women in the Mean Girls Club could have given them each a little more in the way of distinct personalities and relationships — maybe four instead of six? — because each character got little pagetime.

Fun Humor Romance

Watched The Lost City

Watched The Lost City from

A reclusive romance novelist on a book tour with her cover model gets swept up in a kidnapping attempt that lands them both in a cutthroat jungle adventure.

I laughed more than I expected to! They did a great job making fun of the tropes of romcoms and romance but not in a mean way. Yes, it has all the scenes you expect, but the writers go all in, push the gags as far as they can, and don’t take the story too seriously. It’s goofy and it knows it.

I want that pink bodysuit.

Comics Fantasy

Read Lore Olympus Vol 1

Read Lore Olympus (Lore Olympus, #1)

Scandalous gossip, wild parties, and forbidden love—witness what the gods do after dark in this stylish and contemporary reimagining of one of mythology’s most well-known stories from creator Rachel Smythe. Featuring a brand-new, exclusive short story, Smythe’s original Eisner-nominated web-comic Lore Olympus brings the Greek Pantheon into the modern age with this sharply perceptive and romantic graphic novel.

I tried reading this years ago as a webcomic but I don’t like Webtoons’ interface, so I bailed in the first chapter. Now, this volume left off midway through the story so I have to decide whether to wait till July when the next volume comes out in paper or brave Webtoons 😂

A bit funny to read this so soon after Hades and Electric Idol, two other contemporary retellings about Hades and Persephone and Eros and Psyche. Katee Roberts’s books feel similar in vibe although all three reinterpretations have distinct plots.

Beautiful cover. The art seemed a smidge uneven at the start but smoothed out after the first couple chapters. Love Persephone’s pink. Hades’ blue is a bit hard to read against the black background sometimes. I’m not 100% on the font.

Love this panel for the first time Hades and Persephone interact

Didn’t expect the character to get raped 😟 It was illustrated sensitively but usually I avoid reading stories with rape 😕 But it is based on Greek mythology.


Idyllic Afternoon Beneath the Cherry Blossoms

Liked by Gabriele Corno (Twitter)

Blossom trees and Fawn in Nara, Japan 🇯🇵

So peaceful 🌸

(Appears this may be the original)


Art and Design

Risograph Bird

Liked Bullfinch Mini Card by Scout Editions (

Bird mini risograph print in pink and black

This is fun, one day I would love to design a riso print! I like that you use for density for shading and also enjoy how people stack two colors for a third. Like letterpress but a different vibe.

Art and Design

The Homogeneity of Millenial Design

Bookmarked The Tyranny of Terrazzo by Molly Fischer (The Cut)

In this era, you come to understand, design was the product. Whatever else you might be buying, you were buying design, and all the design looked the same.

If you simultaneously can’t afford any frills and can’t afford any failure, you end up with millennial design: crowd-pleasing, risk-averse, calling just enough attention to itself to make it clear that you tried. For a cohort reared to achieve and then released into an economy where achievement held no guarantees, the millennial aesthetic provides something that looks a little like bourgeois stability, at least. This is a style that makes basic success cheap and easy; it requires little in the way of special access, skills, or goods. It is style that can be borrowed, inhabited temporarily or virtually.

“It’s like it has no edge or sense of humor or sense of mystery,” [Deborah Needleman, the former editor of T, WSJ., and Domino, says of millennial interiors]. “There’s no weirdness. There’s nothing that clashes. It is very controlled.”

Instagrammable is a term that does not mean “beautiful” or even quite “photogenic”; it means something more like “readable.” The viewer could scroll past an image and still grasp its meaning, e.g., “I saw fireworks,” “I am on vacation,” or “I have friends.” On a basic level, the visual experience of a phone favors images and objects that are as legible as possible as quickly as possible: The widely acknowledged clichés of millennial branding — clean typefaces, white space — are less a matter of taste than a concession to this fact.

As the millennial aesthetic grows omnipresent, as its consumers grow more design-fluent, our response grows more complex. We resent its absence (Why is this restaurant website so crappy?) but also resent its allure; we resent that knowing the term sans serif does not make you immune to sans serif’s appeal. The desire for individuality rebels against its sameness, even as the sameness feels reassuring, feels good.

Reminds me of premium mediocre.