Heavy Vinyl

Heavy Vinyl

Riot on the Radio

Graphic Novel - 2018
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Starry-eyed Chris has just started the dream job every outcast kid in town wants: working at Vinyl Mayhem. It's as rad as she imagined; her boss is BOSS, her co-workers spend their time arguing over music, pushing against the patriarchy, and endlessly trying to form a band. When Rosie Riot, the staff's favorite singer, mysteriously vanishes the night before her band's show, Chris discovers her co-workers are doing more than just sorting vinyl . . . Her local indie record store is also a front for a teen girl vigilante fight club!
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : Boom! Box, 2018.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781684151417
Branch Call Number: YAGN USDIN
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Alternative Title: Riot on the radio


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Chapel_Hill_KatZ Jul 12, 2019

This was such an awesome read! So many throwbacks to the 90s and such a great combination of girl power, awesome music, and classic spy genre.

SnoIsleLib_LindseyA Dec 10, 2018

Despite being set in the past (the 90s, with references to Buffy, Shirley Manson, Portishead, and MTV's 120 Minutes) this graphic novel is fresh and fun. It's a coming of age journey that combines the dream of working in a record shop (à la Empire Records, High Fidelity, Pretty in Pink) with riot grrrl fury. The girls at Vinyl Destination moonlight as a club of vigilantes, fighting for justice and the underdog. The book is fluffy and doesn't take itself too seriously (the brainwashing plot reminded me of the Josie and the Pussycats movie), but it also has some lovely queer representation. I'm excited to see where the series goes! The art is super adorable, too.

forbesrachel Sep 15, 2018

Chris has just started working at Vinyl Destination with some of the coolest women around, and so far she is loving it. She gets to discover new bands to listen to, hang around with her crush, Mags, and in general work on gaining useful skills and figuring out her own identity. Her job takes a turn for the unusual though, when a band member from Stegosour goes missing, and her coworkers reveal that they have a side job as kick-ass vigilantes. Underneath the vinyl lays a fight club. Not your typical brawlers arena, but a place where the staff of Vinyl Destination learn to defend themselves, and others. With their fists, and their heads, the group solves cases, and helps the downtrodden. Heavy Vinyl is a feel good story that portrays empowered women, and fulfilling relationships, so the purpose of the fight club is appropriately noble. "We pledge to fight all forms of injustice: sexism, racism, homophobia, xenophobia, transphobia..." The message, the content, and the characters easily speak to those born within the last fifty years, and will appeal to a broad range of ages (from X-Men to Spice Girls there are lots of pop culture references). Chris herself is absolutely adorable as she awkwardly navigates her life and the twists it is taking, and, the other people that she has met are shaping up just as nicely, even after only one volume. The art is clean, and fun, and really spotlights the personalities of the characters with its expressive designs, and tendency to use solid colours for a background. Both the writer and artists clearly work well together, as they seem to avoid all the pitfalls of creating a comic that is equal parts slice-of-life, mystery, action, and romance; Heavy Vinyl is well-balanced. If you're looking for an engaging story with empowered female characters, then pick up this comic, and get ready to rock out with the girls of Vinyl Destination.

OPL_KrisC Sep 12, 2018

An action-packed, kick-butt mystery about a group of girls who work at a records store that are also in an all girl fight club. For fans of music and strong female characters.

BostonPL_KirstenD Jul 30, 2018

This had everything I could have ever asked for in a graphic novel: gorgeous illustrations, an endearing lead character (dorky, aspiring musician Chris, who can't stop crushing on her coworker Maggie), teen girl vigilante fight clubs, and a Scooby-Doo style mystery. With its refreshing concept and its relatable characters, this upbeat graphic novel is a perfect fit for anyone who is nostalgic for the '90s, craving diversity in comics, or just looking for a fun, fluffy read!


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