Networked: Carabella on the Run

Carabella, a blue-skinned alien hiding on Earth, is shocked when her new boyfriend’s shoe design sets off a chain-reaction of privacy invasions–leading to a real invasion from people from her world!

Comics publisher NBM has paired with PrivacyActivism, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about personal privacy, to craft a graphic novel about the dangers of giving up privacy. Though they have all the best interests in mind and though they try hard to make a graphic novel that has a good story, in the end the overwhelming whiff of “message” sinks the tale. Part of the problem is that they dive into Carabella’s story somewhat in the middle. PrivacyActivism has previously released two online games starring Carabella–Carabella: the Quest for Tunes and Carabella Goes to College–and Networked picks up her story after the events in the games. This means that readers are confused at first about who Carabella and her friends are. A simple character introduction in the front of the book could have solved that problem.

The information about personal privacy that is the heart of the book is solid and the creators try to present it in a fun manner….

This review was originally posted at Good Comics for Kids. Please visit the original post to see the rest of the review.

Networked: Carabella on the Run
Author: Gerard Jones; Art: Mark Badger
ISBN 978-1-56163-586-3
NBM/PrivacyActivism, September 2010

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