Party On With Rachael Smith

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Meet Mish, Siobhan and Neil. They’re a little bit lost.

Stuck in supposedly ‘stop-gap’ jobs and slumming it in their house-share with red wine and ‘Come Dine With Me’ repeats, the trio of pals attempt to relive the glory of their uni days with an impromptu house party attended by the local so-hot-right-now indie rock band. What could possibly go wrong?

Nailing the sense of apathy, disillusionment and general feeling of ‘what do I do now?’ experienced by many a twentysomething in the haze of post-uni days, comic book artist and writer Rachael Smith is on to a winner with her first graphic novel proper ‘House Party’.

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Smith’s story is short, but in just 100 pages she fits in enough canny characterisation, snarky jokes and kickass art to make this party one worth attending. Her cast of goofy, geeky misfits are drawn in a cute, colourful way that recalls the indie hipsters of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s ‘Scott Pilgrim’ series (Sonic Youth tees abound!) but the voice is defiantly British; while her characters may fling about ‘douchebag’ as an insult, they’re also happy calling things ‘minging’.

With a bittersweet ending that leaves the door open for more encounters with the gang (I especially wouldn’t mind seeing what tequila-swiggin’ bezzy friend Siobhan gets up to next), ‘House Party’ is a short but sweet, perfectly formed triumph.

Find out more about Rachael Smith and ‘House Party’ via her blog or track her down on Twitter. Can’t wait to see what she does next!

House Party Panels

Are you the kind of gal/guy who turns up at a house party with a comic book in tow?

Thankfully, graphic novelist upstart Rachael Smith is coming to your aid this summer with an original comic that brings the party to inked panels.

Written and illustrated by Rachael Smith and published by Great Beast Comics, ‘House Party’ marks the graphic novel debut of award-winning Smith who has already gained great reviews from the likes of Forbidden Planet.

Think ‘Scott Pilgrim’ by way of a British ‘Girls’ for a story that follows three 20-somethings Michelle, Siobhan, and Neil, who are having trouble adapting to post-grad life in the real world (ugh). A massive house party – like back in the uni days – will surely solve all their problems… right?

Rachael Smith has previously released ‘The Way We Write’ and ‘I Am Fire’ through David Lloyd’s digital publishing company Aces Weekly. Her smart, sassy style is sure to result in one of this summer’s must-reads – and a reason to party, for sure!

Preorders for House Party are open on the project’s Kickstarter page.

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14 for 2014: Return to Veronica Mars

Possibly my most anticipated film of the year, above and beyond the new Marvel big-hitters and the next couple of months’ Oscar-worthy pictures: yup, ‘Veronica Mars’ is bringing her Generation Y Nancy Drew antics to the big screen.

Thank Kickstarter and die-hard creator Rob Thomas for the cult show’s eventual evolution from cancelled TV serial to much-awaited indie movie comeback. The main cast are all back, led by Kristen Bell as the irrepressibly perky detective daughter – but the real excitement is what’s happened to Mars, her father and her cohorts since the abrupt ending of the show’s third and final season in 2007.

Check out the trailer here and let out a big ‘SQUEEE!’ of excitement:

More 2014 treats tomorrow.