An Elegy for Amelia Johnson

In her 30 years on earth, Amelia Johnson has touched many lives with her compassion, intelligence, and spirit Now, at the end of a year long battle with cancer, she asks her two closest friends to take her final messages to the people who have touched her life the most Henry Barrons is a cocky, Oscar winning documentary filmmaker whose demeanor hides deep insecurities JIn her 30 years on earth, Amelia Johnson has touched many lives with her compassion, intelligence, and spirit Now, at the end of a year long battle with cancer, she asks her two closest friends to take her final messages to the people who have touched her life the most Henry Barrons is a cocky, Oscar winning documentary filmmaker whose demeanor hides deep insecurities Jillian Webb is an acclaimed magazine writer with an inability to make long term commitments They set out across the country to fulfill Amelia s dying wishd end up learning about her and themselves than they ever imagined.
An Elegy for Amelia Johnson In her years on earth Amelia Johnson has touched many lives with her compassion intelligence and spirit Now at the end of a year long battle with cancer she asks her two closest friends to tak

  • Title: An Elegy for Amelia Johnson
  • Author: Andrew Rostan Dave Valeza Kate Kasenow
  • ISBN: 9781932386837
  • Page: 188
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “An Elegy for Amelia Johnson”

    1. Finally got around to reading this graphic novel that a publisher gave me many ALA conferences ago. I was a bit disappointed by this one - the romance felt very forced and false and the story hiccuped in places. Wanted to like it more than I did.

    2. I’m on a big graphic novel kick right now and the other night I curled up with An Elegy for Amelia Johnson by Andrew Rostan. A story about how one persons journey to discovering how she affected the lives of others on her deathbed.“In her 30 years on earth, Amelia Johnson has touched many lives with her compassion, intelligence, and spirit. Now, at the end of a year-long battle with cancer, she asks her two closest friends to take her final messages to the people who have touched her life th [...]

    3. ARC ebook provided by netGalleyAmelia Johnson is dying of cancer. But before she dies she asks her two best friends, Henry and Jillian, to undertake a journey together to deliver messages to six friends and family members spread out across the country. Henry is a filmmaker. Jillian is a writer. Both are opposites and have never met each other till now. Can they complete this one last wish for their best friend? Or will the journey fail?The story at first really reminds me of the last episode of [...]

    4. It is no surprise to anyone here that I love graphic novels. Whenever a new one comes out, I can’t wait to devour it. Of course I try to be discerning about what I read, but when it comes to graphic novelsI gobble them all up! I picked up An Elegy for Amelia Johnson, basically, because it was on the shelf. I typically don’t like road trip stories but I thought I would take a chance on it because the illustrations looked interesting and it looked like it covered a lot of ground in under 125 p [...]

    5. This book was about a deathbed request: two friends of Amelia Johnson (the dying girl) are asked to go around the country and carry Amelia's messages to her favorite people. In the meantime, they are to prepare her eulogy. The two friends, Henry (a filmmaker) and Jillian (a writer), seem like the perfect pair to carry out the task except they're so different (yawn). How can Amelia expect them to get along? (yawn). Espeically on a cross-country roadtrip (yawn).What does she have up her sleeve, th [...]

    6. This was my first foray into the land of graphic novels (okay, other than The Watchmen). I picked it up for a trifold of reasons:1)for my cousin's Loren's love of graphic novels, 2)the suggestion of the facilitator of a new mom's group to read shorter works 3)the graphic novel section is right by the elevator at library.It was blah. The storyline was uninspiring (despite the "inspiring" plot of two friends carrying out the final messages of a friend's deathbed wish). It was predictable. As was t [...]

    7. Man, this is the second graphic novel in two days that's earned one star from mewhich makes me feel guilty. I mean, nothing against the author--he's following his dream, and you know what--I don't think I would take back reading this book. Like, I'm happy I read it, the ending had some things to think about, but I'm not going to read it again. A one-day stand, but I just expected more till the very end. The illustrations weren't bad--consistent, cute, and the cover is my favorite part actually, [...]

    8. Didn't hate the story but I wasn't amazed by it either.I'll start by saying the premise was good. I mean, the idea has been done before but it still sounded interesting--especially in a graphic novel format. I also liked the illustration and--to be even more vain--loved the cover. Very pretty.However, like I mentioned in my updates, the story was unfortunately riddled with walking-talking unlikable cliches. There are no suprises in An Elegy for Amelia Johnson. We've seen this story a thousand ti [...]

    9. An Elegy for Amelia Johnson is Andrew Rostan's first graphic novel, and it's a good debut. The story itself is sweet - 2 friends travel across the country at the request of their dying friend (Amelia), in order to deliver her last words to people from her past. Rostan's writing is at times heavy handed and it is clear early into the story that Amelia's request is more a journey for her friends than for her. Much of the story is predictable but even so, it is worth the time.I loved the art in thi [...]

    10. It always annoys me when people review a book they haven't been able to finish and yet here I am doing that very same thing. Having drawn comparisons with Craig Thompson's 'Blankets' I believed 'An Elegy for Amelia Johnson' would be an instant winner, but 37 pages in and I simply can't read any further. I'm sure it's a lovely story but the plot is severely disjointed, jumping around so often that I felt dizzy--a problem which would easily have been avoided had the author spent more time introduc [...]

    11. Andrew Rostanin ja parin muun amerikkalaisen sarjakuvataiteilijan "An Elegy for Amelia Johnson"(Archaia Entertainment, 2011) on sarjakuva kuolemansairaasta nuoresta naisesta, joka pyytää kahta ystäväänsä - journalistinaista ja dokumentteja ohjaavaa miestä - välittämään videoterveisensä elämänsä tärkeille ihmisille. Kiinnostavasta alkuasetelmasta huolimatta sarjakuva jää vähän laimeaksi, ehkä osin sen takia etteivät tekijät saa puhallettua henkilöhahmoihinsa eloa, vaan nä [...]

    12. I’m kind of embarrassed to admit I read this one. The cover artwork and the blurbs on the back of the book should have been enough to warn me, but for some reason it didn’t register. I thought I was picking up a contemplative story on death and dying; what I read was the comic book equivalent of a Lifetime movie. Clunky plot, strained dialogue, overemotional outbursts, nauseating confessions of love ugh. Those who like cheesy, saccharine stories will probably fall in love with An Elegy for A [...]

    13. Eh, I found the story to be jumbled and a little hard to follow. Some stories I don't think are suited to the graphic format and this is one of them. It is very much about relationships and how they change over time and I don't think the art really captured that sense of time moving, changing. I also didn't feel the characters were fleshed out enough. It was hard to see why these characters would be so closely tied together with how little information we got about each of them together or separa [...]

    14. Really quite a nice little story about two people on a quest/roadtrip to help their dying friend say goodbye to her family and friends across the US. While the basic plot is a bit predictable I really enjoyed a lot of the character moments, especially when we get some powerful flashbacks about Amelia's past and how those events shaped the way people think and feel about her. If you like character-driven stories and don't mind a few plot holes it's worth a read.

    15. Overall a dull and disappointing graphic novel. What could have been a moving look at life and death is instead a muddle of feelings that seem one-note and muddled. In the end I don't feel like I know Amelia Johnson any better and I walk away with the impression that he friends are kinda terrible for each other because they bring out the worst in each other, making the happy sappy ending feel false and tacked on. Do yourself a favor and skip this one.

    16. An Elegy for Amelia Johnson ***Pretty typical art style for the genre of indie biographical (esque) graphic novels. The themes the story deals with are really interesting and there are certainly a lot of interesting moments. Unfortunately the story feels a bit choppy at times and the story overall is kind of clunky. The characters are not extremely likable. I can see how the creators were trying to make the characters well rounded and developed, but they unfortunately miss the mark.

    17. I haven't read very many graphic novels, but I have read enough to know that this one is mediocre. The premise was interesting to me--a group of strangers who have a mutual friend dying of cancer go around the country, delivering messages to other friends of their dying friend (got that?)--and the art was nice, but it really wasn't much of a page-turner. It was also very predictable. That said, I definitely did not hate it; I just didn't love it.

    18. After reading some of the reviews , I decided it was still worth a shot (considering the fact that I borrowed this book from the public library). I have never written a review before . but this time it was necessary. This book was my one regret of 2013 thus far. No offence was meant to befall the writer or those who liked it ; However I strongly caution those from buying it (if you you are persistent on buying it, perhaps try reading a bit first).

    19. I had hoped for a bit more plot than just a road trip of two people carrying out a friend's deathbed wish. The premise had interested me enough to pick up this book but the characters were just not developed as much as they could've been, and the plot was fairly flat and predictable. I liked the drawings though. Maybe if it had been longer the author could've thrown in a few plot twists or developed the characters more fully.

    20. I read this because a friend of my daughter's wrote it. I have never met Andrew Rostan, but from what I hear and from reading this, I know he is an amazing guy! I hope Andrew will continue to write even though he is busy with other projects and his many talents. This first book is an excellent start. I will be curious to see what my students think of it.

    21. Two previously-unacquainted best friends of a dying woman go on a trip to document interviews with some of the woman's loved ones. I don't know, I think this one was lacking some punch for me. It's pretty much what it appears at first glance, the illustrations are attrative/adequate. Didn't grab me, though.

    22. It's ok. The two main characters could use a bit more life infused in them, because neither the times they were coming together nor the times when they were coming apart ever really seemed to work for me in a meaningful way. I would have felt more for all the characters involved in the story and been invested in them more if there was just more to them somehow.

    23. Yeah no. I think it was because there were so many authors, but I felt that this story went all over the place, too fast, with more than one question left unanswered. I didn't like the characters and they seemed to skirt around the topic of cancer instead of exploring it and developing the proper emotions between the characters. Pretty disappointed.

    24. I picked it up because it looked like a nice dense story line with great art. By the end I realized I had total lemon-face going, it was so not good. Felt like I got preached at on a Jack Chick level. Also I was really distracted by all the panels where character are speaking with their mouths closed, and panels with multiple word balloons not clearly tied to a speaker.

    25. I enjoyed it, although it had a surprisingly religious angle; which in retrospect I should have seen coming. Nevertheless it was well written--although admittedly cliché-- and I would recommend it to anyone who wants a quick read.

    26. This book tries too hard to convey a deep, spiritual, life awakening, life reaffirming moral and it falls way short.The characters aren't likable and their development is rushed and forced.This might have worked as a movie. As a 125 page graphic novel? Not so much.

    27. I would have liked this more with better characters and a more original story. This really suffered from a lack of complexity or nuance. And there were some confusing jumps in the script. The layouts and illustrations were decent.

    28. Over thought and over written, and then blandly illustrated. It is like the illustrator went through his check-list of how to distinguish characters from one another and marked them off as he went: short, mustache, sideburns, gaunt, etc.

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