We are very aware that we will be hammered by a few bad reviews here and there but in trying to find them we came across a few that definitely put a grin on our faces. The first that we came across was a nice little post by a site called the “Comic Book Snob.” It was indeed a flattering read. If you want to see the whole review go to…
Fight for Amity story is conveyed in a wonderfully large collection of illustrated prose and comics. Labbe and Coffey seem to be drinking from some vast hidden well of unlimited creativity the rest of us remain completely ignorant of. Every story in this beautifully presented collection is different in tone yet each remain true to the world outlined in Vol1: Field Guide. Even though the war engulfing their land remains a consistent backdrop for these stories, Fight for Amity is more a book about individuals and their motivations than it is an exegesis on the horrors of war. Commanders and politicians who tend to be motivated by power are left out so as to focus on the smaller players. Separately, the well-crafted short stories (at times no longer than a page) tell of survival, cowardice, honor, friendship, sacrifice, etc. In fact, it’s difficult to think of a theme or personality not explored in the highly imagined adventures and confrontations between the Ele-Altas and the Cropones.
We also came across a few personal ratings on Amazon and Flipkart. These are always great to see when you know they are writing it for others and not for us. It always leaves us scratching our heads and asking, “do we know these guys?” Plus, when we read a review from one of our female followers, it puts a little bit of umpff into it! You can find them at
I met the both the creators a year back at the San Diego comiccon. I picked up the first Book, Berona’s War: Field Guide and have been eagerly waiting for this book since!!! Within the pages of this book is everything I wanted to see in Fight for Amity. Each story has its own feel. Some or colored, some black and white, sketchy blue pencil, some are written in pros while others in sequential comic panels. This book is GREAT! I am really glad these guys took a chance on this book and go outside of the box to create it. While I can see some buyers being thrown off by it…I LOVE IT!
a special kind of book
I accidentally ran across this book while at a comic shop. I was looking for something else and ran across Berona’s War. It was plastic wrapped so I couldn’t see inside. I took a chance and purchased it anyway. I AM SO GLAD I DID! I loved everything about it. The process of storytelling that the creator chose was brilliant. Each story stands alone. I have since purchased the first Berona’s War and love it as well. What I really enjoy is that the creator has chosen to focus on the events on the island rather than one specific soldier. I can’t wait to see more!
And finally…we often get some flattering emails from you that makes grin from ear-to-ear! I guess the reason that this one os so great is that it was comming from a county we didnt even know had our books! Good ol’ Australia. I have to give most cradit to one of our Cabbalus, Bret! He has a bigger fan base there than we do. Now all we want is to hear from one of our fans from Frans and Germany!
The book arrived last week. Loved the signature! Loved the sketches! Loved the book! Bret and Opie spin a mean yarn!
I wish I could take credit for Berona’s War spreading down under, but alas, ‘tis not the case. Some months ago, whilst killing time in a local comic shop, (Dee’s Comics in Belconnen, a suburb of Canberra to be precise) I spotted a copy of Berona’s War: Field Guide sitting atop a lopsided stack of trades. I don’t know how it got there, but there it was. It was wrapped tight, so I had only the front and back cover, but something about it just spoke to me. I took a chance, and I’m glad I did. It’s a steal at twice the price! (Which is good, because in Australia, it was!)
I mean, wow. My first thought was “crap. I wish I had thought of this.” And the playful, colorful art is the perfect juxtaposition to the weight of the stories. Several times I found myself laughing out loud. “What!? Snipers?! Awesome!” “What?! Spring launched gliders?! Awesome!” “WHAT?! ZOMBIES!? AWESOME!” What a fun, fun thing you guys have made. And at the end, I read the section called “Why,” (Field Guide, pp. 155) and it was like a love letter to my childhood. Like you had done all this just for me. And for that, I thank you.
And Cabbalu Tales just doubled the blinds. The warning before “Senseless” hardly prepares you. The end of “Pulling Teeth” leaves one speechless. I loved the bird. Even thought it was just an ordinary bird, and neither proud, nor sporting. And “Always Greener,” told in reverse. Bravo, gentlemen. Bravo.
I can’t even freakin’ tell you how psyched I am about “Fight for Amity.” Bring it on.
Mike Horan (Your Australia fan)
Thanks to everyone for making us smile!