Archival Quality

Archival Quality

Everything you need to know is in the archives.The Logan Museum is a mysterious old building practically covered in skulls, and also the new workplace of Celeste "Cel" Walden, a librarian who was let go from her previous job after a mental breakdown. But Cel is desperate to feel useful, and Abayomi Abiola, the Logan Museum's chief curator, is desperate to hire a new archiv...

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

  • 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.

  • Sara

    Following a very intense mental "episode" twenty something Cel Walden loses her job working the tech department at a library. Desperate for another job she takes a position as an "archivist" at a local medical museum. Before long she becomes embroiled in the strange goings on there. From an ominous seeming, enigmatic board of directors to the off putting head curator to mysterious noises and "accidents" in the darkest hours of the night Cel suddenly has a lot on her plate to figure out. Can she

    Following a very intense mental "episode" twenty something Cel Walden loses her job working the tech department at a library. Desperate for another job she takes a position as an "archivist" at a local medical museum. Before long she becomes embroiled in the strange goings on there. From an ominous seeming, enigmatic board of directors to the off putting head curator to mysterious noises and "accidents" in the darkest hours of the night Cel suddenly has a lot on her plate to figure out. Can she solve the mysteries within the museum while also dealing with her own rapidly escalating mental health issues?

    The answer's "kinda" in case you were curious.

    I spent A LOT of time trying to articulate just for myself what my issues were with this book. Some of them are personal and I'll get to that in a minute. But lets look at the book itself first. Its an interesting premise. I sort of assumed that this was going to be a mentally ill person deals with a haunted former mental health facility and presumably confronts her own issues while doing so thing? Or maybe the haunting was going to be a metaphor for her inability to deal with her issues?

    Or maybe not.

    First off what we've got here is an immensely, hugely, gigantically unlikable heroine. Cel is the worst. We're informed that she's been in this state of what is apparently severe depression for over five years. She refuses help because she thinks help means "being locked up." She's border line emotionally abusive (her poor, loving, totally understanding of her issues boyfriend who uses all the right language when he talks to her and isn't remotely pushy or patronizing gets the worst of it) to all the people who love her and want her to get help and repeatedly tells anyone who doesn't immediately believe her battshittery that they don't believe in her or are "abandoning" her.

    Okay, I said to myself, maybe that's the point? Cause that's not a bad idea either, the notion that mental illness doesn't mean you can't also be an asshole. I think there's definitely a tendency in fiction these days to put the mentally ill on a pedestal where their illnesses define them and somehow make them immune to being not nice people.

    Like I'm a mentally ill recovering addict and I can be an absolute horror of a human being and it has NOTHING to do with the illness I assure you. But again we'll get back to that later.

    What's weird is the writer seems to have a pretty intricate understanding of depression and its treatment. But the moment where Cel realizes what she really needs and the good intentions of all those around her who've been yelling versions "please get some help" at her for the entire book never happens! She's the exact same person from beginning to end.

    So then we get to the actual story. While its a great idea and a good setting it never really delivers. We're meant to be afraid or at least concerned about this scary board of directors but we never really learn anything at all about them and they don't really do anything scary. There are plot points, like BIG ones, that never get resolution of any kind. Everyone except Cel is really, really underdeveloped and even she is relegated to hugely angry mentally ill girl with really no other defining characteristics or personality. There's just such a "ho hum" kind of quality to this and by the end it all just kind of peters out to nothing. Its all just very sloppy.

    Now for the personal stuff.

    I don't love the way mental illness is portrayed in this book. For lack of a better way of putting it Cel becomes "obsessed" with solving the mystery in this place. Every other character repeatedly tells her this is not a great thing for her mental well being. When they do that she tells them they don't believe in her, that this will "fix" her, if they don't let her do this they're "abandoning" her. Now these are things that a person dealing with something like this does. They get obsessive, they lash out at the people closest to them, they deny there's a problem, they decide if they can just fix this one random thing EVERYTHING will be okay. The problem of course is that's not true. You DO need help in these situations, you need to ask for it, you need to acknowledge that you have a problem, you need to accept some level of responsibility for who you hurt and how you act in these moments because you're still YOU.

    Cel NEVER does this. As far as the story is concerned her illness or issues or whatever (she's never formally diagnosed) WILL be fixed if she solves the haunting.

    I have a real problem with the idea that we should support mentally unwell people in their delusions and patronize them when they're in the throws of something really serious as if that's somehow helping them.

    My other issues is slightly stupid but bear with me.

    I HATE the way librarians are portrayed in this book. Cel wants a job in a library because its boring and familiar and she doesn't need to use her brain. She says this. This did not endear her to me at all. When she gets to the museum and meets the head librarian we learn that the head librarian is not a librarian at all. She's a med student who left med school and just like decided she was a librarian. At one point she and Cel have a conversation about what Cel's job title is and head librarian's all "you work in a library so you're a librarian!"

    They also never do any actual work that librarians do. I know its a museum and its a little different but Cel's "archiving" job is total nonsense. She scans photos and documents. That's it. That's all she does. We NEVER see the head librarian do anything at all. They make lame passing references to the collection "being a mess" whatever that means but there's never any indication of what they're doing to fix it. What they do do is sit around and drink a lot of coffee and talk about ghosts and how Cel needs help.

    I went to grad school to get my job. I worked really hard and I continue to work really hard. I know archivist's and catalogers who work really hard at what they do. Its complicated, time consuming and yes sometimes thankless work but it requires brains and dedication and sometimes more than one graduate degree. Its not the perfect job for a deeply depressed person who didn't graduate college and wants something "mindless" to do. You don't get to call yourself a librarian or an archivist because you work in a library. You earn that just like you would anything else.

    So a little respect if you please.

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