Archival Quality by Ivy Noelle Weir

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. Especially after she asks Cel for help…As Cel attempts to learn more ab...


Details Archival Quality

TitleArchival Quality
ISBN9781620104705
Author
Release DateMar 6th, 2018
PublisherOni Press
LanguageEnglish
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Young Adult, Health, Mental Health, Fiction
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Reviews Archival Quality

  • Lin
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Schizanthus
    1970-01-01
    Trigger Warning - 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...
  • Jayne
    1970-01-01
    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 u...
  • Flor
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • ♛ Garima ♛
    1970-01-01
    Solid 3.5 starsI don't know who bottom 2 girls are but 3 standing are, Molly, Gina and Caleste 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. (view spoiler)[ One thing which is not explained in the book is, why Cel was loosing track of time. As a reader, I could only guess that spirit might have taken over ...
  • Devann
    1970-01-01
    I received a free copy of this book from NetGalleyThis 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 th...
  • Molly
    1970-01-01
    Cel Walden is having some mental health troubles. As a result, she loses her job at the library, but soon finds gainful employment as an archivist at the Logan Museum, a little-known repository of medical history. The new job is not quite what Cel imagined it might be: she's required to keep odd hours, obey a byzantine set of rules regarding her comings and goings, deal with a uniquely abrasive (and oddly secretive) boss, and, on top of all that,...
  • Andrea Lorenz
    1970-01-01
    Celeste, or Cel, is feeling adrift after losing her beloved library job. When a mysterious job at a local medical museum opens up, Cel jumps at the chance to do something like what she loves. The job is straightforward, but the circumstances are odd. She lives in an apartment above the museum, she can't go into the third floor or the board room, her boss, the chief curator, is both nowhere to be found and everywhere at once. When Cel starts havin...
  • Laura
    1970-01-01
    I wouldn’t say this book is semi-autobiographical, but the author does know about mental illness and archiving medical history.Cel, the main character, has such a job, and the mental illness, but she loves the structure of doing this sort of work.If you pick up and only read the first few pages, you might say, “what the heck is going on,” which is what I did, but then I got past that, and realized that this was a pretty cool little story of...
  • Matthew Noe
    1970-01-01
    On the 5-star side of 4.5-stars. I picked this after hearing about it directly from one of the authors on a library webinar and getting so excited to read it that waiting for release was miserable! I knew it focused on librarian/archives work and the art is colorful, expressive, and inviting. What I didn't expect was an exploration of mental health, notably the stigma attached to it, both in the past and today. (In hindsight, if I had read any fu...
  • Nostalgia Reader
    1970-01-01
    While I very much enjoyed the story, the art style wasn’t my thing, hence the 4 stars.The story focuses on Celeste, who after losing her previous job due to a mental breakdown, has come to work as an archive assistant at a medical museum (pretty unrealistic, seeing as she doesn’t have an MILS, but also so true to being passionate about books and archives but not being allowed to do anything involving them unless you have the MILS). Curious th...
  • Kelly
    1970-01-01
    Sometimes you root for the ghost.(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through NetGalley.)Celeste Walden has fallen on hard times. She's struggled with anxiety and depression for most of her life, and a recent breakdown cost Cel her dream job as a librarian. So when she lands a position as live-in, night shift archivist at the mysterious Logan Museum, it seems too good to be true. And it is: before long, Cel begins to lose time and...
  • Jaye Ashryver
    1970-01-01
    This was a quick, fun graphic novel read. The mental health representation was spot on, and the all around diversity was refreshing.While this book isn't necessarily spooky, it's still fun. It takes place inside of a haunted museum for starters, filled with the ghost of a 1920s asylum victim, and shines a light on the poor treatment those with mental illness suffered back then. As time goes on, the MC Cel starts losing track of time, things getti...
  • Kailey (BooksforMKs)
    1970-01-01
    When Celeste loses her job as a librarian, she's willing to accept any new job, even one in a haunted museum. The more she dives into the archives, Celeste discovers the secrets of the museum's past, and begins to have dreams of a ghost who died there. She'll need the help of her new coworkers to uncover the truth about the ghost and the secretive museum board.I was disappointed in this comic. The artwork isn't that good, and looks as though it w...
  • Kathryn Kania
    1970-01-01
    3.5I feel... hmmm I don't know. The art was really good. And I'm not a librarian that says you HAVE to have a degree to be a librarian. But this was definitely more about archivists and museum workers.I felt like... Cel's mental health was never well dealt with? She projects all of her issues onto the ghost and makes solving the ghost problem what will solve her own problems and pushes everyone else away. It is very glossed over in the end that s...
  • Leigha's Little Library
    1970-01-01
    3.5A little slow to get anywhere, but overall, I really enjoyed the story.The main character was highly relatable. Going in, I did not know much about the story, but her depression is something I can understand. She was so harsh to some of the other characters. That was in part to her depression, but I honestly felt it was overdone a little. I felt sorry for the person she was really harsh toward. I understand depression can make you do things yo...
  • Alexis Sergio
    1970-01-01
    Archival Quality stands out with it's fantastic art style and pacing to be a gripping story. I couldn't put it down and wanted to see where everything was building too. It's got a slice of mystery and a sprinkle of horror with it. I found the story engrossing and really wanted C to get help with her mental health. I think if you want a unique little dramatic book this is a great title to go for. It has a great art direction, really good pacing, i...
  • Paul Decker
    1970-01-01
    *I received this book as an eARC from Oni Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*This beautifully drawn graphic novel brings representation to mental illness while also being a fun, haunted library/museum ghost story. I love how more and more comics have diverse casts. The character designs for each of the characters are wonderful. I also really enjoyed the afterword and Weir's own personal story. This story was very close to her an...
  • Erin
    1970-01-01
    Thank you, NetGalley for a copy in exchange for an honest review. Archival Quality quickly wrapped me up in its storyline and took me along for the ride. I was intrigued by the slow discovery of what is going on. The story was beautifully paced with well-developed characters that made the story even more enjoyable to read. This story was an excellent ghost story filled with deeper meanings about life. Throughout the story, Cel grows and shows jus...
  • Manon
    1970-01-01
    I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Archival Quality tells the story of librarian Celeste “Cel” Walden who has recently been let go. The story starts just before she applies to a job in a spooky museum. She soon realises the place might be haunted…I enjoyed this story. It was well built and I had fun reading it. The main character was very interesting and the ghost thing was very interesting, especially with...
  • Laura
    1970-01-01
    Excellence. A spoopy story involving realistic people and realistic situations. A fantastic look at confronting ones depression and mental illness - which is a continual struggle and so honestly portrayed here. The art is extremely expressive and delightful, with vibrant and deep colors. Well done, Ivy and Steenz!
  • Dorine
    1970-01-01
    I was intrigued by the synopsis, and couldn't wait to read it. I wanted to like this so bad, but it really didn't do it for me.Let me start with the good things, the idea was really good. A ghost in an archive room with the same mental illness as the girl, but the ghost lived in the 1920's. It could've been a really interesting twist, but it didn't work out, unfortunately. The characters felt flat, fake and didn't have clear motives. Mentioning t...
  • Elia
    1970-01-01
    Oy....Where to even start with this.... I guess I will start with the most obvious thing - the art in this does not match the story AT ALL. The art is VERY juvenile, which gives the graphic novel the immediate appearance of being something that should be aimed at teens or even tweens - but (despite the fantasy elements of the story) the themes in the story itself are way too adult for this audience. The protagonist is an adult woman suffering fro...
  • Chelsea McCann-Eros
    1970-01-01
    TW: Self harm and blood. First of all, as someone who has been taking prescription medication for depression and anxiety for many years, I feel that I need to put this out there - it is not weak or giving in or losing yourself to make the decision to use medication to manage any kind of mental condition. There are many kinds of medication on the market and just because one doesn't work for you doesn't mean that none of them will. If you are strug...
  • Lindsay
    1970-01-01
    I loved the duality of storylines here--following Celeste's struggle to get on her feet with a job she finds fulfilling while battling depression and a relationship and trying to solve the mystery of the creepy museum. The other characters were great as well--I enjoyed seeing the roles they assumed as the story progressed and how they all coped with confronting mental illness. As a fan of the Mütter Museum, I was as fascinated by the museum's ba...
  • Ann Fernandez
    1970-01-01
    *Got this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*4.5/5 StarsThis book ended up being a lot better than I thought it would be.I'm not entirely sure what I expected from this graphic novel, but it certainly wasn't what I got. I was very hesitant when beginning this book, mainly because this could've been pretty good or pretty bad. Luckily, it was the former. It's difficult to describe in some simple words, but I really enjoyed this air of ...
  • Hafsa Z.U
    1970-01-01
    Disclaimer: Received a free digital copy of the book through Netgalley. 2.5 starsRead Harder Challenge: 8. A comic written or illustrated by a person of color. Archival Quality, had so much potential, it pains me to give this a 2.5 stars. It had an interesting premise with the haunted museum and Cel (protagonist) as well as the ghost having mental illness. It also attempted to highlight how people with mental illness were treated in the 18th-19th...
  • Kayla
    1970-01-01
    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Archival Quality tells the story of Celeste "Cel" Walden, who just got fired from her job at a library. She takes up a job as an archivist at the Logan Museum, and it ends up not being exactly what she expected. The museum is haunted, and a mysterious ghost asks Cel for help. As Cel and her new friends get closer to the mystery, the museum becomes dangerous, and Cel has to deci...
  • Kathryn
    1970-01-01
    I received a free copy of this graphic novel from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Archival Quality is about a young woman who recently loses her job at library. She loved her job, and losing it has sent her anxiety and depression into a tailspin. She ends up finding as an archivist at medical oddities museum that was formally an asylum. There she encounters strange noises and behaviours from the living and the dead. The main character...