Genesis 1 a graphic novel by poppy

Apologies first this one will be a first draft burst of a post but I do want to share my love for Poppy so here we go.

OK so first of all we know, this isn’t really by Poppy (Moria Pereira) or by Titanic Sinclair (though they were the creators), this graphic novel is by Ryan Cady, Minomiyabi and Ian McGinty. Since the second Poppy graphic novel should be out August 2020 I thought I would have a look at the first one.

Genesis 1

As I’ve just said this isn’t by Poppy but due to her very nature of what she is and how she presented and portrayed I am more than happy to keep to abide to the kayfabe to borrow a wrestling term. If you have watched any of the old YouTube videos involving Poppy you will know that she is a curious if an albeit peculiar character with unknown origins who has a unique fascination of the world around her who is friendly and yet at the same time has a haunting aura about her (have a look at that Kids React To Poppy YouTube video as an example). She likes to sing pops songs that have a pop theme theme to them (Since her split with from working with Titanic Sinclair she has taken a different route concentrating more of a metal theme and has definitely distanced herself away from her old character).

In this graphic novel we learn of the origin story of Poppy and the people around her along with the people fascinated by her and who want to know more about her. As with such graphic novels that are not whole collected volumes, it is relatively short which is fine as the artwork itself compensates for that and I did finish reading it wanting more. If there’s anything I would pass comment on is that they put a gay character in the story just for the sake of putting them in there, it did feel a bit contrived but at the same time it did not take anything away from the overall plot. Poppy Seeds will love it, from the references to her songs, to the references to her Youtube videos and the story itself is actually quite gripping despite how short it is. The use of QR codes with additional content and a soundtrack for the graphic novel is a big plus for me, as I have mentioned in one of my previous post (The Modern Art of Reading, shameless plug for there sorry not sorry) I think we need to see more thing like this with reading in general.

I have a signed copy by Poppy because of course I do.

I don’t think it’s for everyone, I don’t know what people will think of a Manga style of portraying Poppy but again if you buy into the fantasy of Poppy, it works it does not downgrade anything. I also know people who like her songs over her videos and vice versa and I know some prefer certain ages of Poppy (pre I Disagree album etc). I will shamelessly admit that I consider myself a fan Poppy from the songs to how she presents herself.

Also I’m Poppy

V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd

Something that appears to be as prescient and as a pressing issue to us today as it was in 1215 when the Magna Carta was created is the want of freedom and the fear of losing it. We have seen it in our history and it is has been covered by a significant of authors and thinkers, I don’t need to tell you this of course it has always been something that’s been part of our culture. We have had George Orwell and Aldous Huxley in the UK, Ray Bradbury in the US, Solzhenitsyn in Russia. When it comes to non fiction we have the biography of Nelson Mandela and stories from survivors in North Korea, there are many more out there and there will be many more to come. One such example I have been thinking about lately (if you’re reading this in 2020 put the news on, you’ll know what I’m going on about) is V for Vendetta.

V for Vendetta. Written by Alan Moore with David Lloyd doing the art.

The graphic novel V for Vendetta has had a significant cultural impact on our own world. V for Vendetta goes a bit further than other dystopian stories in respect to the fact that it’s not just about the horrors of a totalitarian government and the people who have to live under their rule, it’s also about how such governments come into power and how they are resisted by methods of which may not be desired if albeit appear effective.

The world of V for Vendetta is set in a late 20th Century Britain after the Cold War stops becoming cold and nuclear missiles are launched around the world. Britain however, survives the brunt of it after not wishing to take sides before the nuclear holocaust. The chaos and devastation does affect British life and out of the chaos for want of law and order, the fascist party Norsefire comes to power under the leadership of Adam Susan. Despite Norsefire ruling as they do we come across somebody who chooses to resist them who is the opposite to the fascists. An out and out anarchist. This character is V. V is clad in black and can be identified by his Guy Fawkes mask which has its own symbology (which would eventually stretch out into our own world).

I’ve been fortunate enough to meet David Lloyd, top guy.

In V for Vendetta we meet V in central London and learn about him along with a young (and at first na├»ve) girl called Evey. We learn about his reasons for being who he is along with his so called vendetta. V is everything the government isn’t. He lives among the banned works and forms of expression that the government does not like. He’s also intelligent, articulate and appears to be almost superhuman. V tells Evey that he thinks everybody is special, that everybody has a story which is the opposite to what the fascist state thinks. We witness V in his attempts to dismantle the leadership.

It is not just V and Evey we see in this world. There is also the leadership, mobsters and unfortunate souls who have to cross the path of these ruthless people who through some reason or another end up plotting against each other or at least seen as being undesirable in some way. They’re not all necessarily bad. The detective Eric Finch who has the job of trying to find V goes through his own journey and awakening.

Early on the government’s propaganda goes on about wanting to ‘make Britain great again’. Something that may sound familiar to some of you and the famous Guy Fawkes mask.

V reminds us how we put these people ruthless people into power, these ‘malicious incompetents who made your working life a shambles’ and in his own way tells us we can do something about it. Who V is under the mask is not important. We don’t even know his real name but that isn’t important. What he represents is.

The world of V for Vendetta is not that far away and we must remind ourselves, we can easily let the wrong type of people encroach on our own way of life to our own disadvantage and it is imperative that we check on such people.