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Group Chat spans genres from sci-fi to slice-of-life; from westerns to witchy shenanigans to coming-of-age stories. These comics —feeling good about your body after a mastectomy, two friends supporting each other through the creation of a trans fashion line, learning to appreciate your best friend's chucklehead boyfriend, and others—were carefully chosen for their humor, h Group Chat spans genres from sci-fi to slice-of-life; from westerns to witchy shenanigans to coming-of-age stories. These comics —feeling good about your body after a mastectomy, two friends supporting each other through the creation of a trans fashion line, learning to appreciate your best friend's chucklehead boyfriend, and others—were carefully chosen for their humor, heart, and beauty from a wide range of up-and-coming creators. "A warm and lovely collection, brimming with up-and-coming talent" - Kelly Sue DeConnick, Pretty Deadly & Bitch Planet "A delightful collection of the cutest possible takes about an overlooked but powerful force. The unhesitatingly relatable stories in Group Chat are sure to remind you of a friendship you hold dear." - Kim Hoang, Love Love Hill "Group Chat is like a silhouette slowly revealing itself as a best friend you haven't spoken to in entirely too long. Fix that, if you don't have the courage yet, Group Chat has just the spell to cast." - Adam Smith, Long Walk to Valhalla Cover by Victoria Grace Elliot


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Group Chat spans genres from sci-fi to slice-of-life; from westerns to witchy shenanigans to coming-of-age stories. These comics —feeling good about your body after a mastectomy, two friends supporting each other through the creation of a trans fashion line, learning to appreciate your best friend's chucklehead boyfriend, and others—were carefully chosen for their humor, h Group Chat spans genres from sci-fi to slice-of-life; from westerns to witchy shenanigans to coming-of-age stories. These comics —feeling good about your body after a mastectomy, two friends supporting each other through the creation of a trans fashion line, learning to appreciate your best friend's chucklehead boyfriend, and others—were carefully chosen for their humor, heart, and beauty from a wide range of up-and-coming creators. "A warm and lovely collection, brimming with up-and-coming talent" - Kelly Sue DeConnick, Pretty Deadly & Bitch Planet "A delightful collection of the cutest possible takes about an overlooked but powerful force. The unhesitatingly relatable stories in Group Chat are sure to remind you of a friendship you hold dear." - Kim Hoang, Love Love Hill "Group Chat is like a silhouette slowly revealing itself as a best friend you haven't spoken to in entirely too long. Fix that, if you don't have the courage yet, Group Chat has just the spell to cast." - Adam Smith, Long Walk to Valhalla Cover by Victoria Grace Elliot

30 review for Group Chat - A Comics Anthology about Friendship and Found Family

  1. 5 out of 5

    Maia

    A very sweet comic anthology with stories themed around friendship. The majority of the stories have a fantasy or science-fiction element. A few really stood out to me were "Tender in the Dusk" by Paloma Hernando, about a monster who joins a neighborhood book club; "The Faire" by Vreni Stollberger about a group of medieval craftspeople selling at a market fair; and "Pretty Trans and Co" by stc019 and two trans friends starting a fashion company together. A very sweet comic anthology with stories themed around friendship. The majority of the stories have a fantasy or science-fiction element. A few really stood out to me were "Tender in the Dusk" by Paloma Hernando, about a monster who joins a neighborhood book club; "The Faire" by Vreni Stollberger about a group of medieval craftspeople selling at a market fair; and "Pretty Trans and Co" by stc019 and two trans friends starting a fashion company together.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Marthese Formosa

    An important comic anthology, who I'm happy to have contributed to (crowdfunding) and who I'm happy to see Maltese artists participate in. A cool publishing group as well. This anthology is all bout found family and friends. There were many different genre and styles. It's difficult having a good short comic so some felt a bit dry but the overall message was nice. The first one was a really good start and the second one was super cute. Some stories had queer characters and queerplatonic relations An important comic anthology, who I'm happy to have contributed to (crowdfunding) and who I'm happy to see Maltese artists participate in. A cool publishing group as well. This anthology is all bout found family and friends. There were many different genre and styles. It's difficult having a good short comic so some felt a bit dry but the overall message was nice. The first one was a really good start and the second one was super cute. Some stories had queer characters and queerplatonic relationships and there is trans rep in some stories. Most artists seem to like witches a lot (no complaints there).

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kelley

    4.5 stars. So many GREAT stories about friendship!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sasha Elise

    There are people you haven't met yet who will love you. found family is one of my favorite tropes. family of choice. it's like the motto of the fosters blood doesn't make a family, love does there's actually so many quotes and shows and books and movies i can mention that have families of choice and i don't think i've seen anything quite as whimsical as this anthology. this had so many different families from your work families to friends that live in different planes of existence. it just sho There are people you haven't met yet who will love you. found family is one of my favorite tropes. family of choice. it's like the motto of the fosters blood doesn't make a family, love does there's actually so many quotes and shows and books and movies i can mention that have families of choice and i don't think i've seen anything quite as whimsical as this anthology. this had so many different families from your work families to friends that live in different planes of existence. it just shows how blood really doesn't make one a family, love does.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Esther O. Lee

    Faves: N. Queen’s An Old Man Gets Beat Up in This One But He’s Okay Katherine Lang’s Lost and Found Paloma Hernando’s Tender in the Dusk

  6. 4 out of 5

    Donnie

    As a concept, Group Chat is an absolute joy.  A collection of comics focused on friendship and found family, the stories feature a diverse cast of characters created by artists and writers who come from different backgrounds.  There is a uplifting quality to each story that makes it enjoyable to read as an adult, as well as something you can probably have younger readers check out and smile over. Seeing as though it's a collection of comics, some land a little better than others.  The weaker stor As a concept, Group Chat is an absolute joy.  A collection of comics focused on friendship and found family, the stories feature a diverse cast of characters created by artists and writers who come from different backgrounds.  There is a uplifting quality to each story that makes it enjoyable to read as an adult, as well as something you can probably have younger readers check out and smile over. Seeing as though it's a collection of comics, some land a little better than others.  The weaker stories either suffered from just being a bit too sparse or from being too ambitious.  It felt like there were a lot of montages throughout the collection, which probably could have been remedied if the stories were just streamlined a little more.  However, there are a few comics that do figure out this formula and were true hits for me.  These all seemed to have a pretty manageable scope from a storytelling perspective.  My personal favorites included "The Right Ingredients," which was about a group of friends trying to collect potion ingredients, "Tender in the Dusk," which focused on a monster connecting with a local book club, "The Faire," an ambitious story about a group of vaguely Medieval sellers forming bonds, and "and Greg," a modern tale about a woman learning to co-exist with the idea that she may lose connection with her friend due to a new partner.   Though all of these stories range from different genres, they all come back to the idea of human connection and how much we all need sincere versions of it. Overall, Group Chat is a fun collection that has something for everyone.  It's a nice escape from the nightmare that is the world today, while also reminding you of how great it is to have people in your life who understand you.  I look forward to see future anthologies from POMEpress.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Field

    I struggle with anthologies sometimes, and sometimes with graphic novels as well, but I'd heard great things about this one and wanted to run though it in a sitting. I had some favourites alongside the ones that were pretty forgettable. Overall, the art styles in every story were amazing without exception. My favourite art, however, was the very last one; where a woman gets help from her friends to feel confident that she can remove the pain of a plague from the nearby forest. Unfortunately, non I struggle with anthologies sometimes, and sometimes with graphic novels as well, but I'd heard great things about this one and wanted to run though it in a sitting. I had some favourites alongside the ones that were pretty forgettable. Overall, the art styles in every story were amazing without exception. My favourite art, however, was the very last one; where a woman gets help from her friends to feel confident that she can remove the pain of a plague from the nearby forest. Unfortunately, none of these were truly memorable, although I did enjoy the prevalence of friendship and found family as themes. The very short one about a demon who is chatting with a ghost--but neither one of them knows what the other one was--is probably my favourite, largely because it reminded me of the story of a gay boy who summons a teen demon with whom he wants to practice kissing, from Shout Out, a previous graphic novel anthology I've read this year.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    Super super cute anthology. I didn’t connect to as many stories in this one as I did in the previous Pome books I’ve read, but I still really enjoyed these. Favorite stories were “Lost and Found” by Katherine Lang, and “Best Dressed” by Lara Willard/Julia Hutchinson

  9. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Weizenbaum

    Only a few stories managed more depth than a ten-minute children's cartoon about friendship Only a few stories managed more depth than a ten-minute children's cartoon about friendship

  10. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Hayward

    Great short comics!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Loz

    Great anthology spanning a variety of styles and story types, all focusing on friendship and the support true pals offer. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    HFEpro

    Obtained as part of a Kickstarter disclosure. This is super cute! And refreshingly wholesome. A collection of stories about the power of found family and friendship. Definitely going in my "Precious books" list. Obtained as part of a Kickstarter disclosure. This is super cute! And refreshingly wholesome. A collection of stories about the power of found family and friendship. Definitely going in my "Precious books" list.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Violet Catte

    This was so precious! MY HEART! Platonic angst is one of my absolute favorite things and this is chock full of that. The art is STUNNING. The feelings are so good. Indie comics are very, very good and this is fabulous.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jaime Dear

  15. 4 out of 5

    Gaviota

  16. 4 out of 5

    anonymous

  17. 5 out of 5

    Wren

  18. 5 out of 5

    Alanah

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mini Kiddy Gamer (bio2)

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tomato

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jayce

  22. 4 out of 5

    l. Matthew Littleboy

  23. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Collins

  24. 4 out of 5

    XxDYLANxX GDA

  25. 4 out of 5

    Reader of Books

  26. 4 out of 5

    The Queen of Wands

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ariana

  28. 4 out of 5

    Joel Singer

  29. 4 out of 5

    Julia Hutchinson

  30. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

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