Item description for Once In A Blue Moon Volume 1 by Nunzio Defilippis...
Aeslin Finn had a magical childhood - a nice house, two loving parents, and every night before bed, a whole new world to explore. The Avalon Chronicles were the perfect tuck-in tale and her parents enjoyed reading the fantastic fables as much as she liked listening to them. But one day, the book shifted tones. The unbelievably brave Dragon Knight and her courageous Prince faced an evil Wizard that threatened the entire land. But before they could finish the chapter, Aeslin's parents left on a business trip. When her father died on that trip, it was time for Aeslin to stop living in a fantasy world. Aeslin's mom never read from the tome again. Now Aeslin's a teenager and living a fairly ordinary life. She has a crush on Michael, the most popular boy in school, and her best friend Samantha loves to trade secrets and share gossip. It's a fine, if not extraordinary, existence until Samantha happens on a new book - Once In A Blue Moon. It's a sequel to the novel Aeslin loved as a child. The new pages catch up on the denizens of Avalon and their miserable eight-year existence since the defeat of the Dragon Knight. Aeslin can't believe it. She wishes she could be there to defend all of the creatures and common folk she loved as a child. And then out of nowhere, she is... Now Aeslin has the opportunity to be the hero she always admired. But Avalon is a much more dangerous place than she remembered and there's no instruction manual she can read to figure out what to do or how to get home.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 6.06" Height: 0.63" Weight: 0.57 lbs.
Release Date May 5, 2004
Publisher Oni Press
ISBN 192999883X ISBN13 9781929998838
Availability 0 units.
More About Nunzio Defilippis
Nunzio DeFilippis & Christina Weir are a husband and wife writ-ing team who have worked in television for such series as HBO's Arli$$. They have worked in the American comic book industry on "New Mutants "and "New X-Men," They live in Southern California.
Nunzio DeFilippis currently resides in Los Angeles, in the state of California.
Reviews - What do customers think about Once In A Blue Moon Volume 1?
Lacks originality Jul 22, 2006
Every night, eight year old Aeslin Finn's parents read her The Avalon Chronicles, the story of the Dragon Knight's adventures fighting the evil sorceror, Khrom. Aeslin loves the story and her parents love reading to her. But everything changes when Aeslin's parents go away on a business trip. Aeslin's father is killed and her mother decides that it's time Aeslin stopped living in a fantasy world. Her mother takes The Avalon Chronicles away, and Aeslin never finds out how the story ended.
Several years later, Aeslin is a high school student. She has a crush on Michael, the most popular boy in school, and she likes to hang out with her best friend, Samantha. But one day, Samantha and Aeslin go into a mysterious shop and find Once in a Blue Moon, the sequel to The Avalon Chronicles. When Aeslin begins reading about all the terrible things that have happened since the Dragon Knight disappeared and Khrom took over, she wishes she could do something to help. Suddenly she finds herself in the book. She finds out that it is her destiny to become the next Dragon Knight and save all of Avalon, but all she really wants to do is get back home.
The theme of a girl from a different dimension traveling to save a far off land has been used in many other manga and anime (Fushigi Yugi, InuYasha, and Magic Knight Rayearth to name a few). Once in a Blue Moon's plot also borrows from many fantasy books, and even Indiana Jones and Jason and the Argonauts. There are some original ideas, but it would be nice if more of it wasn't borrowed.
The art quality jumps around from fairly good to might-resemble-a-human-if-you-don't-look-too-hard. There are also some scenes where body parts don't seem to follow the laws of physics: for example, in one of the panels, it looks as though Blue Moon (the dragon) has the lower half of his body attached front-to-back.
Once the story gets started, it's exciting, though very predictable. Aeslin starts out as a big whiner, but later on she becomes much stronger and more likable. Most of the characters are sympathetic, which is fortunate because they're the only thing that keeps the story from becoming completely predictable.
Once in a Blue Moon is okay, but definitely not a masterpiece. Hopefully the second volume, if it is ever published, will be better, and more original.
Good Medevil Story Feb 8, 2006
This book uses a couple of themes from other animes you may recall in recent past but it blends them together in a pretty unique and interesting way. The difference here from your typical "student gets brought away to fantasy land" anime is that the lead character can leave and come whenever she chooses, she's not stuck there. What I can't figure out is why the distributor has taken 2 years and still not released a volume 2 yet... very frusterating if you enjoyed the manga
Not sure about the book, but Amazon sure earns no stars for this one Oct 7, 2005
I wish I could review this book, but I've never seen it. I ordered it, but this site sent the wrong book. I set up a replacement, and this site sent the same wrong book. I've more important things to do with my time than haul this site's mistakes to the Post Office for return, so I'm cancelling. Too bad for the author of the book, you just lost out on a sale purely because of this site's incompetence.
Once in a Blue Moon Apr 23, 2005
WOW - What a terrific story! The authors really know how to layout a story that it interesting, suspenseful and one that kids can relate to while enjoying fantasy. I bought this as a gift for my nephew and he loved it so much, I bought 4 more to give as gifts and they are all big hits! I have been asked: When will Volume II be out? I don't know. When? This would make a terrific movie.
My review Feb 5, 2005
Once in a blue moon is a good book with an interesting story. Though the art is not much the characters are great and it has some interesting twists in it. The main character Aslin comes off as a huge baby at first and seems almost spoiled in some parts but she seems to know her what she thinks are her limits and has no false modisty. All in all it is an interesting story that i would highly recomend. Aslin meets some interesting people like Cassy, who is a girl not much older than Aslin but can fight better than more than 5 grown men, or Will who is a playwrite who gets in trouble for mocking the ruler of Avalon. With these two and the great dragon Blue Moon i'm sure Aslin will have some very interesting adventures.