Review & Giveaway: Fashion Forward

Fashion ForwardFashion Forward, Vol. 1

Samantha Tate gave up a promising design engineering career for a chance to pursue her first love: fashion design. But her more geek than chic personality is a liability in the larger than life world of haute couture, where the weak are ripped to shreds like cheap charmeuse.

With the help of a physicist friend, she creates the answer to her dilemma: a funky, time traveling device that allows her to venture seasons ahead in time, a place any designer would sacrifice generations of unborn collections to see. Further complicating matters is the dawning of the biggest fashion war in history, at the center of which is Samantha’s mega successful boss, Ivan Fellippe.

Sam finds herself further ahead than she ever imagined on a reckless adventure that may jeopardize New York’s most elite and change the future of fashion forever.

Fashion Forward: Volume 1 is a 28-page, black and white illustrated adventure. Genre:  Young Adult.


Fashion Forward is many things, and the best of those? Fun. The jabs and humor about the fashion industry may not be the most original in this volume, but it’s witty, quirky, and fun to read. The set up of the greatest couture war the fashion world has ever seen made me giggle more often than not, and it set the scene for the entirety of Sam’s world in a few pages.

Considering this is the first printed volume of  a web comic, it’s a bit tough to get into Samantha Tate’s head at first, and it’s not until the last third of the volume that we really get a feel for who she is. But once we do – once we meet her boss, her father, her friends – we get a great feel for the nerdy girl who loves fashion and just wants to be a designer. The volume ends just as the main premise kicks into gear and things start to get really interesting.

Fashion Forward is a fun, upbeat comic, great for any girls out there. You don’t have to love fashion to get into it, though you’ll probably get a huge kick out of it if you do.

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Thanks to the wonderful creators of Fashion Forward, we were able to not only review the book, but bring you guys a giveaway! TWO winners will get a copy of Fashion Forward: Volume 1 sent to you. Please read the rules and enter in the Rafflecopter form below.


  • The giveaway ends on March 9th, 2012.
  • We will email the winners. If a response is not received within 48 hours, then we will pick another winner.
  • This is international.
  • Please enter via the Rafflecopter form at the end of this post.
  • Most of the chances to enter your name are one time things, but you can tweet daily for more entries.
  • Please be aware that if you win, you must provide us your address so the prize can be shipped to you.

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More about Fashion Forward:

About the publisher, Bopsee BooksIt is our mission to reach young adult women, who aren’t typically courted by major publishers of comic books and graphic novels. Our goal is to continually create Illustrated works that engage contemporary young women.  We would be honored, to have you consider reviewing and/or sharing our work with your audience.

Writers/Creators: Shawnee’ Gibbs and Shawnelle Gibbs are writers, television producers, closet fashionistas and general workaholics who enjoy writing, traveling and decorating in their LA hideaway. Shawnee’ likes films starring Carey Grant. Shawnelle is mildly obsessed with scented candles. In another life they are The Rodarte Sisters.

Illustrator: Linda Chung is a Southern California native currently residing in the San Francisco Bay Area where she works in animation. She’s a graduate of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and is passionate about Mid-Century Art and horror movies.

About Chantaal

A Philosophy major who wants to be Rashida Jones when I grow up.
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