Divalicious! Book 1

Divalicious! is a frothy, episodic ramble through the life of a self-obsessed teen pop star. Tina’s got it all — career, fans, a rival, and manager Shaquille. Watching her overreact to all of it is hilarious.

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Divalicious! Book 1
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Writer T Campbell (Penny and Aggie) covers the gamut of modern celebrity culture in content-packed chapters, while Amy Mebberson‘s art more than keeps up with how over-the-top everything is. Her characters are friendly, even when they’re self-absorbed or stupid.

Tina’s into every trend, whether re-teaming with her former bandmates for an Africa charity tour or dating a rapper. The chapters are short, suitable for the short-attention-spanned, but jam-packed. Those obsessed with pop and stardom will find a lot to enjoy here, as will those who only want to laugh at them.

I found the wannabe fangirl chapter particularly amusing. It’s All About Eve for the American Idol internet generation. Attempted murder can be a tough topic for humor, but Campbell keeps it lightly menacing while making points about the entertainment industry machine. Creepy manager dads, the marketing of sex, and the strangely symbiotic relationships between stars and managers also come in for barbs.

Campbell writes lyrics that support the storylines and evoke typical song formats. It’s hard to handle music in comics, since there’s no sound, but here it successfully contributes to the package. There’s even a Big Bad villain, after the first few chapters, who provide the motivation for the cliffhanger ending.


8 Responses to “Divalicious! Book 1”

  1. I’m Back! » Comics Worth Reading Says:

    [...] T Campbell generously gave me a copy of his History of Webcomics book — he was there debuting Divalicious with artist Amy Mebberson, which looks [...]

  2. Jennifer Says:

    Sadly, it seems no one is reading it.

    I plan on buying it because I like the artist’s work, but I’m one of the few it appears:

    http://mimi-na.deviantart.com/journal/13756690/#journal

  3. MangaBlog » Blog Archive » Afternoon linkage Says:

    [...] Johanna checks out vol. 1 of Divalicious at Comics Worth Reading. At the Manga Maniac Cafe, Julie checks out vol. 1 of XS Hybrid. At the [...]

  4. James Schee Says:

    Well the news of this ending at #2 sucks, as it was right up there with Steady Beat and Drama Con among my current fav. reads.

    I wish I was going to be at SD, as I’d of bought a second copy to get the free swag.:)

  5. Tomorrow’s Comics Today » Comics Worth Reading Says:

    [...] Campbell and Amy Mebberson’s comedy of pop stardom, Divalicious, ends this week with book [...]

  6. Tokyopop OEL — Able to Create a Satisfying Ending? » Comics Worth Reading Says:

    [...] the author either chose to end with only two volumes or didn’t mind. In another case, that of Divalicious!, the creators have made it clear that ending at book two wasn’t their choice, saying that [...]

  7. Etiquette for Using Quotes for Promotion? » Comics Worth Reading Says:

    [...] person quoted on the back cover, which they thought cool. That was me — an excerpt from my review of book one was prominently [...]

  8. More on Princess Ai: Encounters » Comics Worth Reading Says:

    [...] wasn’t familiar with any of the included manga characters except for Tina from Divalicious. I tried reading her chapter, but I didn’t care at all about any of the Princess Ai [...]

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