Cover image for Archival quality / written by Ivy Noelle Weir ; illustrated and colored by Steenz.
Title:
Archival quality / written by Ivy Noelle Weir ; illustrated and colored by Steenz.
ISBN:
9781620104705
Publication Information:
Portland, Oregeon : Oni Press, Inc., 2018.

©2018
Physical Description:
279 pages : chiefly colour illustrations ; 23 cm
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After losing her job at the library, Cel Walden starts working at the haunting Logan Museum as an archivist. But the job may not be the second chance she was hoping for, and she finds herself confronting her mental health, her relationships, and before long, her grasp on reality as she begins to dream of a young woman she's never met, but feels strangely drawn to. Especially after she asks Cel for help... As Cel attempts to learn more about the woman, she begins losing time, misplacing things, passing out--the job is becoming dangerous, but she can't let go of this mysterious woman. Who is she? Why is she so fixated on Cel? And does Cel have the power to save her when she's still trying to save herself?
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Summary

After losing her job at the library, Cel Walden starts working at the haunting Logan Museum as an archivist. But the job may not be the second chance she was hoping for, and she finds herself confronting her mental health, her relationships, and before long, her grasp on reality as she begins to dream of a young woman she's never met, but feels strangely drawn to. Especially after she asks Cel for help...

As Cel attempts to learn more about the woman, she begins losing time, misplacing things, passing out--the job is becoming dangerous, but she can't let go of this mysterious woman. Who is she? Why is she so fixated on Cel? And does Cel have the power to save her when she's still trying to save herself?


Author Notes

Ivy Noelle Weir has been writing stories for her entire life, and her essays on art, pop culture and librarianship have appeared in a variety of outlets. In addition to her writing, Weir is a visual artist and former librarian who studied photography at Parsons the New School for Design, art history at Goddard College, and holds an MLIS from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. A native of Philadelphia, she currently works in publishing and lives on a crooked old street in an apartment full of Halloween decorations with her partner and tiny dog.

Steenz is an illustrator from St. Louis, MO. According to her mom, Steenz has only ever answered "an artist" when asked what she wants to be when she grows up. Here we are, years later. Steenz spends a lot of time watching reality TV, eating pizza, working at Lion Forge and drawing comics. She can officially call herself a professional artist. Steenz lives with her fiancé, Keya, and her cat, Marko. Steenz is short for Christina.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

After losing her job as a library assistant, Celeste Walden scores another one as an archivist at the Logan Museum, a strange old building that once served as a sanatorium. Haunted by a long-dead patient, Celeste, who struggles with depression, is certain that there is something malignant in the museum's history, bringing stress to her relationships with her boyfriend, Kyle, and new coworkers, Abayomi and Holly. Weir and Steenz, newcomers to comics (and former librarians), create a slow-burning paranormal mystery set against the backdrop of mental health stigmas and treatment. The many unknowns surrounding the museum are intriguing, but Celeste's investigation has little momentum, and the secrets she uncovers come so abruptly and late in the story that it diminishes their impact-readers are essentially kept in the dark until all is revealed in one fell swoop. Steeenz works in a chunky cartoon style that helps temper some of the horrors of mistreatment that Celeste pieces together, and the dull red and brownish hues that settle in around everything at the museum are a rich metaphor for the depression that Celeste battles daily. Ages 13-up. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.