I first discovered Giant Days in my January Landfall Freight box, and it has been in my top five favorites ever since. I sped through the first volume and have since shared it with my boyfriend and comics-loving best friend, and everyone that I have talked to about it loves as much as I do. Slice of life comics are so relaxing and fun to read, especially when the characters are people you would love to know in real life. I've become much more invested in comics now that whole genres and publishing companies have popped up that offer alternatives to action and horror comics, and that superhero comics have responded to these changing trends by introducing alternative characters, relationship driven storylines, and less traditional art styles. Diversifying genres and art has improved comics as a whole, even traditional ones, in my opinion, and Giant Days is a perfect example of these changing trends.
Giant Days is just plain FUN, which can be hard to find when it seems like most comics have a gritty edge to them. In its fun, it grapples with some great emotional capital, like Daisy's developing queer sexuality, Susan's past relationship hurt and subsequent healing, and Esther's constant battle against patriarchal objectification and sexualization. Even though all three main characters are women and deal with issues very specific to women, the liveliness and humor in the storylines make it appealing to everyone. The world is sort of absurd but still believable and relatable—Geek and Sundry referenced a similar absurdity in Scott PIlgrim, which I totally agree with.
Better yet? YOU CAN FIND ALL THE ISSUES FOR FREE. LEGALLY. If you have an Austin Public Library account, or any library account that gives you access to Hoopla, you can download every single issue for FREE. Hoopla is a great app that I recently discovered—it's essentially a giant, high quality PDF library that lets you "borrow" digital copies of books that your library probably doesn't have physical copies of. And they have a TON of comics...I finished all the issues of Giant Days that are currently published and started on Lumberjanes. Normally I hate reading comics on my computer, but Hoopla makes the pages and panels surprisingly readable and easy to navigate. If you are trying to save money (like me) but want to stay on top of recently released comics (like me), definitely see if you can get a library account with access to Hoopla.