Paper Street Books August-September 2016 Subscription Box Review

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Paper Street Books and Comics is a bi-monthly subscription for anyone who is a fan of books, graphic novels, and other printed awesomeness. Each box has a theme and they do one-time limited edition boxes as well. Choose a book box, a comic books ($27 each) or a box with both ($43) and read your heart out!


Here’s the first look! Pink squiggles!


Various bits of reading before you get into the goodies — this box’s theme is Mysterious, and next box will be Dead. There’s a limited edition Mages and Sorcerers box on sale now!


The product info card is a bit wordy, but it does the job. Since my box is the Book Warrior box, it includes both the book and the comic, as well as a bonus t-shirt!


Riverkeep by Martin Stewart ($10) Holy crap, I love this artwork. I think it’s absolutely stunning. (Is there a name for art where it uses a limited colour palette?) This is definitely the sort of book I’ll enjoy, based on the description.


The Danék is a wild, treacherous river, and the Fobisher family has tended it for generations—clearing it of ice and weed, making sure boats can get through, and fishing corpses from its bleak depths. Wulliam’s father, the current Riverkeep, is proud of this work. Wull dreads it. And in one week, when he comes of age, he will have to take over.

Then the unthinkable happens. While recovering a drowned man, Wull’s father is pulled under—and when he emerges, he is no longer himself. A dark spirit possesses him, devouring him from the inside. In an instant, Wull is Riverkeep. And he must care for his father, too.

When he hears that a cure for his father lurks in the belly of a great sea-dwelling beast known as the mormorach, he embarks on an epic journey down the river that his family has so long protected—but never explored. Along the way, he faces death in any number of ways, meets people and creatures touched by magic and madness and alchemy, and finds courage he never knew he possessed.


Plutonia by Jeff Lemire ($10) This graphic novel has mixed reviews on Amazon but I’m curious to give it a read. The art is giving me manga vibes, which is cool.

Five kids discover the body of the world’s greatest super hero, Plutona, in the woods after school one day. This discovery sends them on a dark journey that will threaten to tear apart their friendship and their lives.


Book Warrior Tee I do love the logo of the t-shirt! It’s a unisex M so it’s a bit big on me but it’s comfortable and cute.


Castiel Keychain ($7) Eeee, Castiel! I don’t watch Supernatural anymore (even though they film it pretty much in my backyard), but I’m a huge Castiel fan. I met Misha Collins once so I might be biased.

Milk & Jelly Candle This candle is inspired by one of the most mysterious shows of old, Twin Peaks! It smells of cherry pie, and I really like it. Milk & Jelly seems to be a new indie company and their website says they’ll be opening late summer.


Jessica Jones print by Megan Lara This is pretty cool! Megan Lara’s art is pretty famous. I especially love her art nouveau pieces. Jessica Jones was fantastic, and this art print features Jessica, Luke Cage, Trish Walker, and the purple man himself, Killgrave. (Could you be more obvious? Why not call yourself Murdercorpse?) The print is signed on the back by the artist!


September’s “Mysterious” theme was fun to unbox. I’m excited to read Riverkeep and will likely be giving Plutona a read this weekend as it looks like a quick read. The value of the box is a bit harder to calculate but I would say it comes either at or above the cost of the box, but I feel like in boxes like these the curation alone is part of the value.

What did you think of Paper Street Books and Comics’ selections for August?

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The Description: Paper Street Books and Comics is a bi-monthly subscription box that offers graphic novels, Adult/YA books, and a combination of both! each box contains a feature book, 1-3 small items based on the theme, and a bonus item for the combo box.
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  • Rose D.

    Plutona was FANTASTIC! People don’t like the ending. It’s already been optioned for a movie though.

    And Riverkeep was also great! I really hope their is another one in the same world. Enjoy!

    • Valerie

      I read Plutona last night and I can see why the opinion was mixed. For me, personally, I didn’t enjoy it, but it was still a good read.

  • Jenny

    Oh I love me some Castiel. I’ve met him at some of the conventions and he is always so great to the fans and pretty much up for anything in pictures. He is such a hoot.

    • Valerie

      I know, right? I have actually enjoye d my interactions with the co-stars like Misha, Richard, Rob etc more than with the Js… oops! They’re all incredibly nice, though.

      • Jenny

        I totally agree. I loved meeting J2 but time with them at cons is so limited that I like the freedom of the others a bit more. I always get so tongue tied when talking to Rob. I mean he is God so it is to be expected but my girlfriend who goes with me laughs so much since I never have nothing to say. LOL

        • Valerie

          It’s so true, though – you kind of feel like you’re cattle being prodded through the J2 events. At least when I got Jared’s autograph I had a minute to chat with him. Rob is SUCH a sweetheart but I’m always going to have a soft spot in my heart for Richard, bc the Trickster! I got to talk to him for a good few minutes before our photo op, he was so nice. (And I scored two hugs, ha!)

          • Jenny

            So true. Did you see today that Rob, Richard, Matt and Osric are going to be on Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders next season? I tried to watch it when it first came on but my tivo died so I lost the episodes but if all of them are going to be on I might have to try again this season. 🙂 My first con was at Nashville and it was so small compared to the Vegas one I went to that it was so nice. The guys were all chatty and just kindof mingling around some. We even talked a bit with Rob and Richard while they were waiting for their cab and we were waiting for Valet. They were so nice and I think liked that we just talked to them and didn’t fangirl too bad. Once they realized we weren’t going to cause a big scene they just relaxed and talked. I still find it so odd to see them when not in character even though we were at a convention. It was just so odd but totally fun.

          • Valerie

            LOL! I unfortunately haven’t watched the show much since Season 6, so I’m pretty behind. They film the show where I live, sometimes even in the next town (a 10 minute bus ride) so I’ve met them outside of the convention atmosphere as well. I don’t bug them for pics, because they’re working, but they are all very chatty and friendly. I ran into Felicia Day downtown outside a Starbucks which was pretty cool!