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
Release DateMar 6th, 2018
PublisherOni Press
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Young Adult, Health, Mental Health, Fantasy, Mystery

Reviews Archival Quality

  • [Shai] The Bibliophage
    Archival Quality 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 visitatio...
  • Schizanthus
    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...
  • Devann
    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...
  • 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 u...
  • 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.
  • ♛ Garima ♛
    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 ...
  • 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 col...
  • Paige
    I enjoyed this book for its representation of mental health and how it can effect someone and those around them when they are at their lowest. It highlights how important it is to have those people in your life who are their for you when you do get to that low point.
  • Maggie Gordon
    I mistakenly thought this book was aimed towards much younger readers, but it has a rather dark plot about the damages of ableism in regards to those with mental illness. Don't let the soft, cute artwork trick you! There's some really interesting stuff being discussed in these pages, though I do wish the author had pushed a bit far in some of the themes. Really interesting and unique find in the YA graphic novel world.
  • Laura
    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...
  • Molly
    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
    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...
  • Katherine
    Wowwie did I love this book. So many moments showing Celeste struggling with the effects of her depression and insecurity feel like they were taken directly out of my brain. The artwork is adorable, mixing with the darker content of the story to create a striking balance. Ivy Noelle Weir said in her afterword that the book isn't entirely backed by scientific data, but I don't think that takes away from the story's value at all: when in the throes...
  • Matthew Noe
    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...
  • Annise Blanchard
    cute, LGBTQ+ friendly, shows depression in a real light, quick and beautiful read
  • Anne Nerison
    This book kind of fell flat for me. Positives first: diverse characters (in terms of race and sexual orientation), dealing with mental health issues, a female lead (who's also a librarian), a ghost story, and an old mental health institution. Negatives: First, the way the characters interact with each other feels "off." In other words, the actions they take throughout make sense, but they act in ways that are kind of cliched and don't seem totall...
  • Nostalgia Reader
    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
    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...
  • Kitkat
    I loved this book! I feel amazing that I read it! So the entire concept is on the protagonist losing her job at the library because she had a breakdown. Cel starts to work at a museum which is haunted! Weird stuff starts to happen and her boyfriend Kyle doesn't believe her. He thinks that Cel is having a mental breakdown again and they have a terrible relationship. I hate Kyle because he was ignorant of what she wanted and what she was going thro...
  • Kristen P
    I apologize for being so blunt, but frankly, this book sucks. The one thing that really stuck out to me was the illustrations. Especially compared to the other graphic novels I have read, the drawing style is under-developed and shows ambiguous emotions, as well as being not-so-aesthetically-pleasing. The storytelling overall is ineffective and does not tell a cohesive story. In relation to plot, the first half of the novel is mixed with no clear...
  • Jaye Ashryver
    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)
    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...
  • Ken Yuen
    I have fairly mixed feelings about the book. The ghost story was certainly mysterious, and the people felt real. And that was part of the problem. They felt too real. You know those friends that you're kind of friends with, but kinda not because they might have issues that kind of make them not fun to be around? It's like every character in book was one of those types.It makes me feel bad and judgmental, but that's the impression I get from these...
  • Kathryn Kania
    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
    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...
  • Llyr Heller-Humphreys
    3.75. I enjoyed this novel of ghosts, mental health and friendship, but I felt something was lacking.Also, librarianship is a wonderful profession and there's nothing wrong in needing a Master's for it, although I do see both sides of the argument. I felt like the author, who was/is a librarian, feels anyone off the street could do the job. I would think that especially in archives, specialized training is key. I appreciate that some characters h...