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Invincible Days ➠ [Epub] ➚ Invincible Days By Patrick Atangan ➪ – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk This collection of short stories forms a singular narrative that reveals the tiny moments when you realize you are at the precious end days of youth Calling on memories from his own childhood as well This collection of short stories forms a singular narrative that reveals the tiny moments when you realize you are at the precious end days of youth Calling on memories from his own childhood as well as those gathered from friends and family author and artist Patrick Atangan’s work blends stories with strong psychological elements and insight with simple artwork evocative of youth Bittersweet joyful and reflective these are the type of marking moments that best define us as adults.

10 thoughts on “Invincible Days

  1. Cristina Monica Cristina Monica says:

    This is a collection of short stories with animal shaped characters that meditate on childhood family friendship and loss It’s wonderfully honest and bittersweetIt also puts you in such a uiet nostalgic mood I read it slowly because I couldn’t imagine rushing through the stories Blasphemy As I read it I kept thinking of my own childhoodI’ve said it before but I’m actually an immigrant I was not born in Canada So like the characters in this book there are things I went through at school because I wasn’t born Canadian I’ve had teachers laugh at the way I pronounced words Surprisingly when the teachers started laughing the students didn’t One time a teacher dictated a few words to me but so fast that I had trouble understanding and when he saw what I wrote he started laughing and said ‘‘I shouldn’t laugh’’ But he did anywayExpect situations such as this one in this book It’s saddening since no kid should feel self conscious about the way they look speak or behave—just because they don’t look White have an accent and have different behaviours influenced by their own cultures At the same time I admit there were repetitions In many short stories there is mention of a grandmother dying why no grandfather? and kids being bullied at school It’s true that it offers different perspectives but I believe other important childhood moments could have replaced the repetitive ones A memorable but in no way perfect graphic novel Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google | Bloglovin’

  2. Peter Derk Peter Derk says:

    Don't read this if you're contemplating your own death But maybe you're like me and kind of think about that all the time anyway since you were like 5 so I guess you'll just have to read it on a day when you're feeling pretty alrightIt's a really great book and I like how it mixes personal and other peoples' stories Also adorable animals in place of people really provides an interesting answer to the oft discussed issues of representation in comics

  3. David Schaafsma David Schaafsma says:

    Filipino American artist Atangan has done a lot to advance Western understanding of Asian worlds including Chinese Japanese and Indian work on myth and history all collected in a series called Songs of Our Ancestors all done with a meticulous classical Asian style informed by his own personal touch This volume of short stories are based in Atangan's own life and drawn about stories friends have told him but not done in any classical format but instead with cute little animals representing him and his family in a kind of almost deliberately stilted simplistic Lego format The main focus is slice of life uiet seemingly unremarkable moments that he sees as worth remarking on These stories are about church and pets and food and family and also about the alienation and isolation due to racism that he and his friends have experienced Not that he and his friends are angry about this though The tone is uiet subdued not enragedThe central and longest series of stories is one that also seems familiar about his aged and beloved Grandma's debilitating stroke These are uietly touching stories told with little simple icons animals that everyone can relate to says Scott McCloud in Understanding Comics mainly because they are so simple and iconic instead of specific or realistically mapped to a particular culture Today in preparing for my graphic novels class I read some of American Splendor; Harvey Pekar paved the way for an appreciation of such slice of life every day working class tales I was also this morning reading something far different that I also was enjoying the sixth volume of Sandman which given its fantasyhorror dimensions would seem far afield from Pekar's and Atangan's stories grounded as they are in the every day But Gaiman's women in Fables and Reflections are real and working class too and though they are urban and punk and alternative than Atangan and his friends the things they care about don't seem to me so dramatically different Barbie's dreams are rooted in her girlhood world of stuffed animals; Atangan's friends are Lego creations Both childhood occupations function usefully as fantasy and pleasure and not merely as escapism I liked Invincible Days for validating simple every day experiences As an ex Calvinist who like Atangan was pretty bored with his forced attendance at church who like him spent a lot of time reading and playing games by myself in my room never feeling sorry for myself never feeling lonely when I was there it reminded me of my childhood when I too felt kind of invincible and sheltered and secure by my family And then when the deaths started to come as with Atangan feeling less secure and invincible of course but there's a kind of nostalgia in these stories I appreciate

  4. Kerri Kerri says:

    There were darker undertones than I was expecting This book talks a lot about lonelinesslonely childhoods and death mixed with some simple stories of life all illustrated with bright cute pictures It ends on a particularly dark suggestionThere is one drop of the f bomb but no other swearing that I remember

  5. Robin Robin says:

    Beautiful and bittersweetthe stories about his grandmother especially resonated with me

  6. Rex Hurst Rex Hurst says:

    A collection of short stories from the author's youth in the 1980s As usual with this author the art is impeccable and the stories are well thought out and presented Page design consistently follows a nine panel grid layout Flat expressionless animal faces mask the emotionally laden themes throughout the collection These characters serve as a voice for a shy Fillipino boy baffled by Western culture and alone in a house full of sisters

  7. Emilia P Emilia P says:

    Execution didn't match super well to concept Concept was cute stuffed animals etc telling hard tales tale telling was not uite as richly emotional as it needed to be Maybe that was the point but it didn't strike me

  8. Michelleandderek Nakagawa Michelleandderek Nakagawa says:

    With some of the most adorable illustrations I've seen these short little stories of childhood in comic strip form were an absolute joy to read

  9. Andrea Mullarkey Andrea Mullarkey says:

    This is the best thing I have read in a very very long time I was attracted to it immediately for its sweet Sanrio style drawings with a pastel color palette and infantilized animal protagonists I picked it up off my colleague's desk wondering what a teen librarian was doing with a little kid's book But then she told me a bit about it a book she had ordered for teen but decided was far too mature and so it was getting reclassified into the adult section She described it as sad or dark or something else surprising given the cover and it made me ask her if I could borrow it before she sent it to cataloging something I never do Then I took it home and fell deeply in love with Atangan's short story comic strips about his childhood and coming of ageThe subject matter is a stark juxtaposition from the art The tone of each story ranges from melancholy to bleak with a fair dose of ennui thrown in for good measure Themes of death and loss disappointment and isolation are pervasive as he covers the topics of his Filipino family upbringing his grandmother's stroke the death of multiple family pets and The art is sweetly beautiful with a soothing repetition in the panel shapes and elements and it led my brain to a happily ever after zone which never arrived All of the stories most are of his childhood but some are borrowed from others are deeply human and calmly emotional and would make interesting vignettes on their own But the contrast between visuals and narrative just filled my heart right up and left me so so satisfied It's hard to know who to recommend this book to My bleak literary fiction friends seem put off by the art My sweet comic book friends aren't particularly interested in the weight of his stories It's a weird mashup and I guess that's the best I can say to recommend it Does it sound interesting to you? Then please go read itit's as odd and touching as I could ever hope for

  10. Nicola Mansfield Nicola Mansfield says:

    A lovely collection of vignettes by the author of his memories mostly of his childhood in the eighties Though the author presents as a Catholic Asian immigrant the tales can for the most part be nostalgic to anyone who remembers the complexities of being a child These vignettes are often bittersweet and there is a morose air throughout the book especially when midway the topics start to focus on the stroke and eventual death of his 97 year old grandmother In fact death is a main theme throughout as there are many episodes which involve pets and eventually each ones death and the author's response Most of the memories come from the author however a number have been passed on to him by friends and family and are noted as such The artwork is adorable and cute reminding me of Japanese children's illustration not manga but picture book illustration Various animals represent the human in each tale and this cuteness balances the melancholy mood of the book's theme which presents moments in childhood which seem pivotal as an adult looking back This would make a wonderful gift book for any adult but will be especially enjoyed by those who fit one or of the demographics Catholic Asian andor immigrant

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