Book Reviews, Received for Review

Graphic Novel Review: Dream Daddy by Leighton Gray & Vernon Shaw

Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator by Leighton Gray and Vernon Shaw
Series: Dream Daddy #1
Genre: Contemporary | Graphic Novel | LGBT
Length: 128 pages
Published on 14th May 2019 by Oni Press
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Received for free from publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis: As seen on The Daily Dot, Engadget, Pride, i09 and more, the Dream Daddy comics are now collected in a trade paperback!

Oni Press presents Dream Daddy, a comics series based on the acclaimed Game Grumps visual novel video game!

Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator invites the player to Maple Bay, where they play as a single Dad new to town and eager to romance other hot Dads. The comic series tells five standalone stories, each focused on different Maple Bay Dads, their kids, and their relationships with one another. Dive into entirely new stories featuring the backstories and adventures of your favorite Dads, told by game co-creators Leighton Gray and Vernon Shaw, along with the comic industry’s top indie talent like C. Spike Trotman, Josh Trujillo, and Kris Anka!

I haven’t played Dream Daddy yet which is honestly a huge crime on my behalf because I want too and I just??? I don’t even have an excuse.

So when I saw the graphic novel up for request I knew I could at least consume this.

Having not played the game I can say that I still thoroughly enjoyed these stories; which y’know is pretty fab given I don’t read contemporary that often.

Each of the 5 stories was sweet and soft, and one even had some sneaky almost supernatural elements which was obviously my favourite of the lot.

Also, if this wasn’t clear from the cover, title or synopsis its very very queer and diverse.

dd 3Each story opens with its own full page art title which are FAB and greatly enjoyed.

And I really enjoyed how each story works amazingly on its own, and take place in different stages of relationships.

The first was very much the early bonding turning into a crush stage, which was so lovely!

I definitely found myself “awwing” out loud.

Some of the stories focused more on relationships with the children which were also very sweet and allowing the reader to get a better understanding of their personalities.

& we also get a story where all the Dads work together to help one of them advertise the workplace. It was lovely and got showcase all the characters skills to make the best of a temporarily bad situation.

The last story I wanted to talk about was another team building one as the Dads play Dungeons & Dragons, was very fun to see how this unfolded.

Plus we get to see them as their DND characters too!

I really enjoyed this GN and its definitely reminded me that I need to go and pick up the game next sale.
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4 stars / 5 stars
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13 thoughts on “Graphic Novel Review: Dream Daddy by Leighton Gray & Vernon Shaw”

  1. I am glad that as it is a dream dad kind of romantic relationship graphic novel, it does not only spend time on the romance but you also have some stories where the children are very much present and involved. I love parenting in books and the artwork for the graphic novel looks brightly coloured and lovely too. Great review x

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