The Breakfast Brunch #1: A Creative and Scrumptious “Must Back” on Kickstarter

As a kid, did you ever think up an imaginative quest after eating breakfast because you felt that you had all the power in the world? No matter how you answered that question, The Breakfast Brunch #1 from Plastic Sword Press is a must read. This first, of two, 54-page issue is fast-paced and hard to put down. It’s an energetic comic, much like breakfast. And it leaves you wanting to know what will happen next.

The best thing about Kickstarter, is discovering projects that have great world-building and give that escape from reality that transform you into another one. This project intermixes magic, discovery and the quest to find The Perfectly Balanced Breakfast. Humorous moments and relatable ones, at that, are worked in well throughout the issue.

Jose Garcia’s artwork is stunning and gives off a vibrant anime-feel, and Nikki Power’s colorwork really makes the story even more devour-some by popping off the page. The detailing of the pirate ship and the character’s costume designs is impeccable. The writing style of Ryan Little blends well with the art style. It’s like diving into a bowl of cereal that is bright and sugary, and even better, for all ages! The premise of the story is something that could be seen as a Saturday morning cartoon, with action figures and all.

Commodore Crackle is a young female pirate of the high seas who joins with Midknight who is a Knight in not so shining armor, to find The Perfectly Balanced Breakfast. The characters they encounter along the way either help or hinder their quest. The colors in the issue are so bright and immersive, they practically jump off the page. The writing and illustrations work together in a cohesive way that continually drives the story.

The cereal mascots are referred to as Breakers, and they must come together in unity to find and discover the balance. Will luck be on their side or will there be a monstrous threat in their way? Their quest for The Perfectly Balanced Breakfast also shows their personal discoveries and balances within themselves which is inspiring to all reading levels. The magic and mythology brings these unique characters to life, but also leaves the door open for a villainous character to stir up the bowl.

Personally, this issue drew me in from the art style and humorous moments. The fantasy, medieval world is well portrayed as the cereal characters come to life. It is such a clever concept that I never would have thought I would enjoy reading about. I am not a big breakfast cereal person, but now I want to wake up every morning and have cereal transform me into a different world.

The Breakfast Brunch #1 is fast paced and witty overall, it provides the reader with darkness, light, monsters, heroes and breakfast cereal references that will leave you laughing and hungry for more.

Back this Kickstarter before time is up! CLICK HERE to back this project before Thursday, April 8, 2021. It’ll leave you craving more!

Wait, women read comics? Really?!

I have been reading comics now for about three and a half years, and it has dramatically changed my emotional well-being. That time flew by. Whether it be DC, Marvel, Image, or other independent imprints like IDW or Boom! Studios, stories told with illustrated characters intrigue me. From my first article, I never thought that I would be caught dead in a comic store and now I go in by myself when I am not with the other half (which is rare).

I have discovered that comics are not all the same, there is a topic and genre for any person. More so now than ever, I think. Whether it be the author or the artist that draws you in, or even if it doesn’t at first it keeps you wanting more. I tend to lean towards the indie titled books that are more open to interpretation and pull-in the reader either by the artwork or the dialogue that tells a story, but also keeps you reading.

Women are getting more prevalent and diversified in stories, which turns the female reader onto a certain title or publisher. I find myself picking up more independent titled books instead of DC or Marvel (I tend to lean more towards DC comics) because there is a wide range of topics that continue to keep my reading attention. I did not know much about the independent books at first, but found myself picking up a single issue of a book and then getting it every month or every other month because it kept me wanting more. Then I would buy the trade paperback or hardcover when it came out.

Women are getting more into this hobby because of the positive female characters in comics or comic related shows or movies. Going to a convention, I love to see women cosplaying and thinking to myself that I should be doing that as well. They are not afraid to express what they love through a form or art and self-expression. Some day I will. It has become more main stream for women to come out of that nerd closet and admit to others that they like comics or can relate to a character in a movie, show or video game.

For example, films like Marvel’s Endgame or The Dark Knight, Daredevil or Jessica Jones on Netflix are turning people onto comics because they realize there is more content that is portrayed or alluded in a show. For example, I never have loved horror films when I was in grade school or high school, but there are so many horror-themed comics out there now that I am more intrigued to see them turn into a film or movie.

Now I look forward to the new DC or Marvel content that gets announced and I am not afraid to talk about it to others, or express my opinions about an upcoming movie or show along with others in a comic shop. The camaraderie in a shop or a convention make me so happy to be alive as a nerd and embracing all the exciting news and content that it entails.

Comic shops want more women to come in and buy books, and I hope that they do feel comfortable to. I hope to find more friends that are female that love comic culture to build relationships around that common bond. I find comics to be my escape from reality and are always there when I want to immerse myself into a different world. The creation of Noggin has showed that there are many women who have Instagram accounts based on their love of comics and showcasing their collection and favorite books. I love seeing that and hope to continue seeing more of that and posting more about books I read. Hoping to start doing book reviews and how I interpret them.

Stay tuned, this year is going to be great for us!

The long awaited female side of Noggin introduction:

As a child, I don’t believe I ever fell in the category of a female nerd. I was always active and outside, rarely watching TV or watching a screen. There was no draw towards watching cartoons, except occasionally on Saturday morning Recess or Hey Arnold. I grew into my own category, made it into my own and then realized there are so many females who are not afraid to hide who they are..

Fast forward to high school, I became a “band nerd” and only really fit in with my friends in band at the time. I never really thought I would become a different kind of nerd, and belong to a community that is so welcoming. I never really thought a female could be a nerd, all through high school I was afraid to be different. I tried to fit in, but I have always been a tom-boy and had a more athletic build that my present self is very jealous of now. I like to believe it all started with Star Wars…

Star Wars was always being watched with my brother on VHS tape, yes that old school way of watching movies. We would borrow my neighbor’s original trilogy tapes and always remember to rewind and rewatch. I was thrown into this galaxy that I have only grown to love so much more after the prequels and animated shows. Star Wars has always been relatable for me, it is something that you can get lost in, but it also brings you back in with its love and loss. My brother would always be building Legos and then breaking them, but at the time I only watched the movies. Now, I am reading the canon books, graphic novels and reference books almost all the time. Engrossing myself in the world because it makes me happy and takes me away from the real world and learning to adult.

I never really thought I could dive into collecting something, until I met Kyle almost 5 years ago. We started out as friends, which obviously grew into more. But when we were still friends, he had a small graphic novel collection going and gave me Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe to read. I took it home, thinking I would not like it at all, but it was great to me. I had only read Maus in high school for an English Literature class, so I did not think I would like the humorous superhero side of comics. I was wrong.

From there, after about a year of dating and being dragged to comic shops, I picked up George Perez’s Wonder Woman run in graphic novel form. That was around time same time that I really got into the Daredevil show on Netflix and started watching MCU and DCEU movies, since I had never seen them before.

I fell in love with these characters at the same time as I was falling in love with Kyle. This nerd bond that we have together only strengthens our relationship. Now that we have officially moved into a bigger place, and a second bedroom for our graphic novel shelves and about 30 comic boxes, we have a place of our home filled with nerd-based love.

Those who know us, know that we are always together and hunting for Funko pops or comic issues on the weekly new comic book day, Wednesdays. I never thought I would look forward to anything like comic issues in the middle of the week, but it is more fun doing this tradition with the one I love most. We have come to know local comic store owners, creators and they have come to know our individual names as well as Noggin, sometimes.

Going to C2E2 last spring was the best moment of our lives, it was our first road trip together and first time that we went to a large convention not too far from home. The experience was so incredible, and we hope to go back this next month to take it all in for another year. Seeing females cosplaying as someone they love and relate to is inspiring to me and it has made me realize that there are no stereotypes in this community.

Indie comics are the main stories that I feel I can relate with the most. There are a variety of stories that have stood out to me, but the main and most recent one has to been Saga. I found myself reading the entire 9 volumes in a matter of a few days, I simply could not put it down. Definitely a must read for any person, regardless if they like comics or not.

Alright, let’s bring it back to the Noggin side of things. When Kyle first suggested we share an Instagram account together, I was hesitant. But today, we surpassed 500 followers. We are both in shock, and a recent post of a Justice League Dark cover by Clayton Crain, has us at almost 350 likes. What? How is this possible? Hashtags is how. We never thought we would use them or that they would get us this many likes!

Thank you to all of our followers thus far, we hope to expand on Noggin and take it to some new and improved levels with time. Let us know if you have any ideas, we accept the feedback and love to connect with people who are fellow comic nerds, or enthusiasts if you want to be more proper. I love talking comics to people and recommending or receiving recommendations for more comics to read.

Thanks for reading!