Archival Quality

Archival Quality

After losing her job at the library, Celeste "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...

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Title:Archival Quality
Author:Ivy Noelle Weir
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Archival Quality Reviews

  • ♛ Garima ♛

    Solid 3.5 stars

    I really liked the cast here, all of them. All had their flaws but it made book more compelling in the end. I think blurb is pretty accurate and all you need to know to get into this book.

    Solid 3.5 stars

    I really liked the cast here, all of them. All had their flaws but it made book more compelling in the end. I think blurb is pretty accurate and all you need to know to get into this book.

    The entire book in color (another kudos) and so easy to read fonts as they are not super tiny or anything - Great job, Weir and Steenz for amazing art.

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  • Flor

    This, was not what I was expecting... yes it is a ghost story inside of an archive, but more than that, it's a story about overcoming fears and personal demons. An and fast paced graphic novel, thank you Netgalley for providing me this arc.

  • Jayne

    I received an e-arc from netgally for an honest review.

    The main reason I drawn to this graphic novel was because I work in a museum and the prospect of dealing with haunted objects is something we joke about.

    The story centers around Cel, who lost her job in a library due to her mental illness and subsequent breakdown. She then sucures a job in a museum which was once a sanitarium amougst other things.

    The fact that the location itself is quite unsettling is one thing, but her co-worker doesn't

    I received an e-arc from netgally for an honest review.

    The main reason I drawn to this graphic novel was because I work in a museum and the prospect of dealing with haunted objects is something we joke about.

    The story centers around Cel, who lost her job in a library due to her mental illness and subsequent breakdown. She then sucures a job in a museum which was once a sanitarium amougst other things.

    The fact that the location itself is quite unsettling is one thing, but her co-worker doesn't help by being distant and strange. From the beginning things start happening. Noises, bangs, dreams. All making Cel feel 'crazy'. But it's only the start of her journey in the museum.

    I really enjoyed this. The main focus of this is mental health and how a young woman battles with it daily. It also connects with the treatment of past generations and makes you realise how lucky we are today to have some great options and help available.

    As with all stand alone graphic novels, you never get the real depth of the story in such a short volume. But this would certainly make an interesting novel if padded out.

    It's due out in April for anyone who would care to enjoy it.

  • [Shai] The Bibliophage

    is a graphic novel about Celeste “Cel” Walden who’s battling mental health issues on her own. Due to her condition, Cel was fired from her work as a library assistant; she searched for a new job online and found an archivist opening in the Logan Museum. She was hired immediately by Abayomi, the Chief Curator, and she was offered a free lodging in the museum’s apartment; Cel is required to work after museum hours thus the complimentary accommodation.

    Working alone in a graveyard

    is a graphic novel about Celeste “Cel” Walden who’s battling mental health issues on her own. Due to her condition, Cel was fired from her work as a library assistant; she searched for a new job online and found an archivist opening in the Logan Museum. She was hired immediately by Abayomi, the Chief Curator, and she was offered a free lodging in the museum’s apartment; Cel is required to work after museum hours thus the complimentary accommodation.

    Working alone in a graveyard shift in a museum of medical history, Cel often encountered paranormal activities. Aside from that, she frequently dreamt of a woman who was trying to show Cel on what happened to her. The woman was seeking help from Cel, therefore, she tried to seek for clues alone. However, Abayomi found out what she was doing and he told Cel that he also experienced what she was facing. They team up and Holly, the librarian, later help them searching out what could be the ghost desires.

    The tale of the

    may not be that spooky enough to frighten readers, but I like it because the story was actually interesting. And through careful consideration, readers will be left with the message that we should respect not only the living but also the remains of the dead.

  • Devann

    This was a really nice story that managed to be cute and creepy at the same time. I liked how it dealt with Celeste's mental illness and also tied it back into the ghost story and talked a bit about the history of how we've handled mental health [aka not well]. I liked all the characters but also they all felt a little bit two-dimensional and some of their actions I feel were only there to move the plot forward and not because they actually made

    This was a really nice story that managed to be cute and creepy at the same time. I liked how it dealt with Celeste's mental illness and also tied it back into the ghost story and talked a bit about the history of how we've handled mental health [aka not well]. I liked all the characters but also they all felt a little bit two-dimensional and some of their actions I feel were only there to move the plot forward and not because they actually made sense. Really cute character designs though, I love all of Holly's outfits!

  • Schizanthus

    - mental health.

    This should have been the perfect graphic novel for me. I hate writing negative reviews and I want you to know there are plenty of really positive reviews too. I would encourage you, if you’re considering reading this graphic novel, to check out some of the 4 and 5 star reviews as well. Just because it wasn’t for me doesn’t mean it won’t be for you. 😊

    Our main character, Celeste Walden (Cel), has lost her dream job in a library as a result of a breakdown, lives at

    - mental health.

    This should have been the perfect graphic novel for me. I hate writing negative reviews and I want you to know there are plenty of really positive reviews too. I would encourage you, if you’re considering reading this graphic novel, to check out some of the 4 and 5 star reviews as well. Just because it wasn’t for me doesn’t mean it won’t be for you. 😊

    Our main character, Celeste Walden (Cel), has lost her dream job in a library as a result of a breakdown, lives at home and has been in a five year relationship with Kyle. Kyle sometimes comes across as fairly passive aggressive but most of the time he appears genuinely concerned about his girlfriend’s mental health. Kyle like

    so I figure he must be a good guy.

    Despite Kyle’s concerns Cel winds up with a job at the Logan Museum as an archivist. The archivist job comes with a fully furnished apartment, which is pretty sweet deal for someone who scans antique medical documents and photos for a living.

    Almost immediately Cel starts losing time, dreaming of a girl she’s never met but feels compelled to help and items tend to move around unassisted. Her boyfriend is understandably worried about her mental health and she’s pretty good at being the cranky girl pushing people away.

    Cel’s boss is Holly Park, the Head Librarian, who’s worked at the museum for three year, has a girlfriend called Gina, and rocks purple hair with a couple of sections of blue. Prior to this job Holly was a medical student.

    Abayomi Abiola (Aba) is the 29 year old chief curator who manages the collections and is kind of a mystery for much of the book. He’s standoffish and cold, and you get the impression he knows more about the museum than he lets on.

    I spent the majority of the graphic novel wondering how the museum stays open when there are apparently very few customers. I was so close to giving up for more than half of the story because it seemed to drag out, I had no connection with (and didn’t particularly like) any of the characters and the plot didn’t seem that cohesive.

    There were mysteries of who the girl was that Cel was dreaming about and if there was a connection between Cel and her, who the Board members were, what they did and why Cel wasn’t allowed on the third floor, what happened to the previous curator that vanished, and what the deal was with Aba. Some questions were answered but frustratingly others weren’t.

    I did appreciate the diversity in the characters as well as the exploration of how people with mental health conditions have been treated and mistreated throughout psychiatric history.

    Ultimately though, I was expecting more from this paranormal mystery and unfortunately I was fairly bored for most of the story. While I know people experience mental health conditions differently I found Cel’s character irritating, particularly the amount of time she spent snapping at the other characters. Frankly I was surprised she made it past the interview to get the job in the first place and shocked she managed to keep the job.

    - “Be gone. I have to librarian.” (page 183)

    Thank you so much to NetGalley and Oni Press for the opportunity to read this graphic novel.

  • Kristin

    Hoo boy, there's a lot wrong here. The main character is insufferable instead of sympathetic. The characters don't start investigating the mystery until the last quarter of the book. The art is so shaky that character's pupils are sometimes going in violently opposing directions. Worst of all, this is set in a museum library and archive, written by a librarian, that treats librarianship like a fallback job.

    The characters that work here are a college dropout, a med school dropout, and someone wh

    Hoo boy, there's a lot wrong here. The main character is insufferable instead of sympathetic. The characters don't start investigating the mystery until the last quarter of the book. The art is so shaky that character's pupils are sometimes going in violently opposing directions. Worst of all, this is set in a museum library and archive, written by a librarian, that treats librarianship like a fallback job.

    The characters that work here are a college dropout, a med school dropout, and someone who inherited the job because the actual librarian is gone. You get the distinct impression that becoming a librarian is something any idiot can do.

  • Chad

    Cel has just lost her job at the library. It's inferred that she had some kind of mental breakdown at work. She finds a new job as an archivist at a medical museum. It's a very odd job in that there's an apartment for her to stay at in the basement and she has to do the archiving by herself overnight. It makes very little sense. She, of course, starts hearing strange noises, things are knocked off shelves, all the usual cliched spectral visitations. Meanwhile her boyfriend is constantly trying t

    Cel has just lost her job at the library. It's inferred that she had some kind of mental breakdown at work. She finds a new job as an archivist at a medical museum. It's a very odd job in that there's an apartment for her to stay at in the basement and she has to do the archiving by herself overnight. It makes very little sense. She, of course, starts hearing strange noises, things are knocked off shelves, all the usual cliched spectral visitations. Meanwhile her boyfriend is constantly trying to get her to see a doctor about her mental health issues. Yadda, yadda, yadda, she decides to track down the spirit visiting her.

    This reminded my of a wannabe Kate Leth and Brittany Williams Hellcat book only with poorer storytelling and art. This book is long. Really long. And takes over half the book for anything to really happen. Then everything happens in the last 20 pages, and things like the missing previous director are forgotten. The book resolves the mystery abruptly without a payoff. I was looking for quite a few more answers and felt cheated.

  • Lin

    Ohh, where do I begin with this.

    I really did want to love this book, the idea and the premise were so promising and I was hooked...

    I did appriciate that it dealt with mental health, th diverse characters and the whole idea of thw museum and its macabre secret, but my appreciation ends here.

    The story was poorly executed, the charaters fell flat and I, as a person that strugles with depression, could not relate to the main character Cel. In fact I found her incredibly immature for her age and ann

    Ohh, where do I begin with this.

    I really did want to love this book, the idea and the premise were so promising and I was hooked...

    I did appriciate that it dealt with mental health, th diverse characters and the whole idea of thw museum and its macabre secret, but my appreciation ends here.

    The story was poorly executed, the charaters fell flat and I, as a person that strugles with depression, could not relate to the main character Cel. In fact I found her incredibly immature for her age and annoying, and I did not care about her nor about the others.

    Their dialogues were unrealistic and I facepalmed through the entire book...

    As for the art, unfortunately it could not make it up for the story either.

    It did not work out for me, but that does not implies that you will feel the same way.

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