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Stargazer: Volume 1: An Original All-Ages Graphic Novel. Three young friends are suddenly transported by a mysterious object to a far off magical world.

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Marni is a young girl dealing with the recent death of her grandmother, which has left her emotionally devastated and struggling to cope. Granny Hitchins was a wonderfully curious woman, responsible for giving her granddaughter a rich sense of imagination and adventure, as well as an old and mysterious "Artifact." Granny Hitchins found the Artifact when she was herself a c Marni is a young girl dealing with the recent death of her grandmother, which has left her emotionally devastated and struggling to cope. Granny Hitchins was a wonderfully curious woman, responsible for giving her granddaughter a rich sense of imagination and adventure, as well as an old and mysterious "Artifact." Granny Hitchins found the Artifact when she was herself a child and, with origins unknown, it provided a lifetime of adventure, speculation, and storytelling for herself, her son, and finally, her granddaughter. While not a replacement, the Artifact is nonetheless a treasured memento for Marni after her grandmother's death. With the love and support of her two best friends, Sophie and Elora, and the magic of the Artifact to comfort her, Marni is just beginning to cope with the loss of her beloved grandmother when her life takes an abrupt and strange turn. While the girls are examining the Artifact on a backyard camping trip, the object suddenly takes on a life of its own, transporting the three friends and their tent to a strange and distant world. After exploring the tent and their immediate surroundings, the girls discover that the Artifact has vanished, leaving them alone and afraid under a very alien sky. After summoning their courage, Marni, Sophie and Elora venture out to explore their alien surroundings, where they find a surreal world containing a robot, a mysterious far-off tower, and an illusive yet terrifying monster. Scared, yet buoyed by the stories and songs that they've heard while growing up, the three girls gather their meagre supplies and head out into the wilderness, determined to find a way home. A magical tale with the most unlikeliest of heroes, STARGAZER is an exploration of friendship, loss, and hope. By turns terrifying, poignant, and humorous, STARGAZER is part fairytale, part science fiction, and part adventure story. Anyone who has ever opened a book, looked up at the stars, or dreamed will love this story....and wish they'd been the one to find the Artifact. Author Biography: Von Allan was born red-headed and freckled in Arnprior, Ontario, just in time for STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE . The single child of two loving but troubled parents, Von split most of his childhood between their two homes and, consequently, spent a lot of time in the worlds of comics and wrestling. He managed an independent bookstore in Ottawa for a number of years, all the while working on story ideas in his spare time. Eventually, he decided to make the leap to a creative life. Von currently lives in Ottawa, Canada, with his writer/editor geek wife, Moggy, and their rescue husky dog, Corbin. Von was recently featured in the documentary film I AM STILL YOUR CHILD written and directed by Megan Durnford (http: //iamstillyourchild.com) and produced by Katarina Soukup of Catbird Films (http: //catbirdfilms.ca). His artwork was also featured in a CBC Arts video profile at http: //www.cbc.ca/arts/exhibitionists/as-a-k... Von is the winner of a 2019 CBC Trailblazer award, star of a CBC Arts Exhibitionists short, recipient of the 2014 Corel Endowment for the Arts Awards, and artist/writer of the road to god knows...


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Marni is a young girl dealing with the recent death of her grandmother, which has left her emotionally devastated and struggling to cope. Granny Hitchins was a wonderfully curious woman, responsible for giving her granddaughter a rich sense of imagination and adventure, as well as an old and mysterious "Artifact." Granny Hitchins found the Artifact when she was herself a c Marni is a young girl dealing with the recent death of her grandmother, which has left her emotionally devastated and struggling to cope. Granny Hitchins was a wonderfully curious woman, responsible for giving her granddaughter a rich sense of imagination and adventure, as well as an old and mysterious "Artifact." Granny Hitchins found the Artifact when she was herself a child and, with origins unknown, it provided a lifetime of adventure, speculation, and storytelling for herself, her son, and finally, her granddaughter. While not a replacement, the Artifact is nonetheless a treasured memento for Marni after her grandmother's death. With the love and support of her two best friends, Sophie and Elora, and the magic of the Artifact to comfort her, Marni is just beginning to cope with the loss of her beloved grandmother when her life takes an abrupt and strange turn. While the girls are examining the Artifact on a backyard camping trip, the object suddenly takes on a life of its own, transporting the three friends and their tent to a strange and distant world. After exploring the tent and their immediate surroundings, the girls discover that the Artifact has vanished, leaving them alone and afraid under a very alien sky. After summoning their courage, Marni, Sophie and Elora venture out to explore their alien surroundings, where they find a surreal world containing a robot, a mysterious far-off tower, and an illusive yet terrifying monster. Scared, yet buoyed by the stories and songs that they've heard while growing up, the three girls gather their meagre supplies and head out into the wilderness, determined to find a way home. A magical tale with the most unlikeliest of heroes, STARGAZER is an exploration of friendship, loss, and hope. By turns terrifying, poignant, and humorous, STARGAZER is part fairytale, part science fiction, and part adventure story. Anyone who has ever opened a book, looked up at the stars, or dreamed will love this story....and wish they'd been the one to find the Artifact. Author Biography: Von Allan was born red-headed and freckled in Arnprior, Ontario, just in time for STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE . The single child of two loving but troubled parents, Von split most of his childhood between their two homes and, consequently, spent a lot of time in the worlds of comics and wrestling. He managed an independent bookstore in Ottawa for a number of years, all the while working on story ideas in his spare time. Eventually, he decided to make the leap to a creative life. Von currently lives in Ottawa, Canada, with his writer/editor geek wife, Moggy, and their rescue husky dog, Corbin. Von was recently featured in the documentary film I AM STILL YOUR CHILD written and directed by Megan Durnford (http: //iamstillyourchild.com) and produced by Katarina Soukup of Catbird Films (http: //catbirdfilms.ca). His artwork was also featured in a CBC Arts video profile at http: //www.cbc.ca/arts/exhibitionists/as-a-k... Von is the winner of a 2019 CBC Trailblazer award, star of a CBC Arts Exhibitionists short, recipient of the 2014 Corel Endowment for the Arts Awards, and artist/writer of the road to god knows...

33 review for Stargazer: Volume 1: An Original All-Ages Graphic Novel. Three young friends are suddenly transported by a mysterious object to a far off magical world.

  1. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    This was a pretty good graphic novel about three friends who hang out on a camping trip only to be transported to another world. Can they find their way home? Read and see for yourself. This was a pretty good read and the art was amazing. I got this graphic novel for free at vonallan.com and will read the conclusion soon. If you like graphic novels, definitely check it out.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Moggy B.

    This is easily one of my favourite books and I can't wait to read the second part! Sci-fi/fantasy, adventure...Von Allan is a skilled storyteller and artist, and this one is hard to put down. The main characters, three friends, are interesting, believable, compelling, and fun; you care what happens to them. Highly recommended! This is easily one of my favourite books and I can't wait to read the second part! Sci-fi/fantasy, adventure...Von Allan is a skilled storyteller and artist, and this one is hard to put down. The main characters, three friends, are interesting, believable, compelling, and fun; you care what happens to them. Highly recommended!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Geoffrey Dow

    Looking up at the stars in black and white   Once a mainstay of popular culture, truly family-friendly or all-ages entertainment has become a rarity in North American media nowadays (with the notable exception of animated films). That sort of inclusive work seems particularly rare in what ought to be as all-ages-friendly a medium as animation, its close artistic relative, the humble comic-book. But in North America, for a vari Looking up at the stars in black and white   Once a mainstay of popular culture, truly family-friendly or all-ages entertainment has become a rarity in North American media nowadays (with the notable exception of animated films). That sort of inclusive work seems particularly rare in what ought to be as all-ages-friendly a medium as animation, its close artistic relative, the humble comic-book. But in North America, for a variety of commercial-historical reasons, "comic" has become almost synonymous with "super-hero", with a small (and happily, a growing) sub-set of "alternative" books addressing a broader audience than teenagers who love fight scenes. So it was a great pleasure to discover Von Allan's Stargazer, an adventure story meant to entertain anyone "from eight to eighty", in glorious black and white, no less. Read my review at Edifice Rex Online.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ubalstecha

    Marni is suffering through the death of her beloved Grandmother. Unfortunately, her mother, too busy with her own grief, is pushing her away. Her father tries, but really isn't good at this emotion stuff. The only thing beyond the memories, stories and photos that Marni has to remember her Grandmother by is the "artifact". No one seems to know what this thing is, but everyone has decided that Marni should have it. One night, when Marni and her two best friends, Sophie and Elora, are camping in th Marni is suffering through the death of her beloved Grandmother. Unfortunately, her mother, too busy with her own grief, is pushing her away. Her father tries, but really isn't good at this emotion stuff. The only thing beyond the memories, stories and photos that Marni has to remember her Grandmother by is the "artifact". No one seems to know what this thing is, but everyone has decided that Marni should have it. One night, when Marni and her two best friends, Sophie and Elora, are camping in the backyard, something mysterious happens and the two are transported to another world where all intelligent life appears to have disappeared. Can Marni and her friends figure out how to make it back to their world, and what is the dark shadow that seems to be stalking Marni? Once again, Allen climbs inside the head of a girl and gives us a true to life look at how adults expect children to be better at handling grief than they are and female friendship. Good stuff.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Esme_weatherwax

    I enjoyed this story. However,it does have a feel that it is for kids, luckily in many ways I am a big kid. I loved adventure stories when I was a kid and Marni kind of reminded me of myself when I was that age. The fact that she was close to her grand-mom hit home as well. However, I do feel that the story was a bit slow paced and should have been longer. The art work I found to be ok. Would I read vol 2 of Stargazer, well yes I would. * I liked the extras in the back of the book as well. Intere I enjoyed this story. However,it does have a feel that it is for kids, luckily in many ways I am a big kid. I loved adventure stories when I was a kid and Marni kind of reminded me of myself when I was that age. The fact that she was close to her grand-mom hit home as well. However, I do feel that the story was a bit slow paced and should have been longer. The art work I found to be ok. Would I read vol 2 of Stargazer, well yes I would. * I liked the extras in the back of the book as well. Interesting to see how he got his ideas.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dave K.

    Von Allan is one of those guys who isn't getting enough credit for the work he's doing. Stargazer captures the awkwardness of young adolescence really well, and the artwork is a welcome change from the forced dynamism of glossy superhero titles and the not-trying-hard-enough minimalism of most indie comics. I won't spoil the plot for anyone, but I will say that it's engaging because it's simple in an L. Frank Baum kind of way. That, and the robot is adorable. Von Allan is one of those guys who isn't getting enough credit for the work he's doing. Stargazer captures the awkwardness of young adolescence really well, and the artwork is a welcome change from the forced dynamism of glossy superhero titles and the not-trying-hard-enough minimalism of most indie comics. I won't spoil the plot for anyone, but I will say that it's engaging because it's simple in an L. Frank Baum kind of way. That, and the robot is adorable.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Candice M (tinylibrarian)

    I was very frustrated by the dialogue in this comic. Every single character in the first 10 pages seems to stutter. (Not just 1 or 2 characters. FIVE of them.) I think the goal of the stuttering was to impart uneasiness or awkwardness on the part of the characters, but instead, it just made for very jagged pacing. Instead of propelling the story forward or adding to the atmosphere, the stuttery dialogue was like taking a car ride where the driver steps on the brakes every 10 seconds.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Srijeesha ~ The Directioner

    Umm.. I won't give a big review for this book. I really liked this book without any doubt, but am a bit disappointed, I expected more. But the book is a great fun to read. :) Umm.. I won't give a big review for this book. I really liked this book without any doubt, but am a bit disappointed, I expected more. But the book is a great fun to read. :)

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