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Rigo is a young woman of her time: specifically, the time just after the collapse of Earth. After living her whole life on a small space station orbiting the planet, the cultural norms and rules of her Californian parents are just history to her. In between work shifts at the station air farm, Rigo explores her own desires, developing openly polyamorous relationships with ...more
ebook, 106 pages
Published September 2018 by Limerence Press
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Explicitly sexy graphic novel set in space featuring polyamory. ME GUSTA. Read this at the airport and had to cleverly hide the pages from the people sitting around me lmao
Julia Sapphire
This was such an easy and fun read! We follow Rigo and her adventures with sex, love and relationships. This does take place in space so I hope the future volumes have more of a sci-fi feel to them as opposed to this volume.
Julie Zantopoulos
A queer polyamory space based graphic novel with sex positivity, a focus on open communication, and being true to yourself for the win! I got this arc at BookCon and really enjoyed it. I hope that it’s well received and there are more in this series. I really enjoyed the art style, the Spanglish (the language of the future) used, the diversity, the plus girl rep, and overall tone of this graphic novel. Definitely a winner!
Chad
Jul 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, netgalley
A sexually explicit version of "The 100" before they left the spaceship for Earth. Focuses on a future where isolated 20-year-olds born in space have a different outlook on sex where it's open and meaningless between multiple partners. It looks like the author writes solely on this topic, so this may be hiding an agenda.

Received an advance copy from Oni Press and Netgalley. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned.
Gbraden
Today's graphic Novels are not your parent's comic book, like the ones I collected in the 60s and 70s.

To be truthful, I am not sure what to think about Open Earth. Kind of 'Brave New Worldish', where one is hooking up with whom they want, marriage is discourage. At least there are babies and the need for birth control. Good story line..

The graphics were nice, not too cluttered up with word balloons, flowing nicely as the story unfolds. I love the idea of the muff diving in the anti-gravity room,
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Sara
How do you express love, like real I wanna be with you forever love, when you live in a world unhampered by hangups about gender or sex or monogamy or body image issues? When sex is just something that feels amazing that you do with your friends and the idea of being with just one person is something antiquated that "old" people do how do you express that unique, singular feeling of caring more for someone?

This amazing, sexy, joyful graphic novel written by Sarah Mirk and illustrated by Eve Cabr
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Mehsi
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

Oh Good Grief. I want to go back to the past and tell myself NOT TO FREAKING get this book. If I had known, if only I had known. URghhhh.

So I liked the idea of the book, the cover looked cute, and oh, yes, I didn't see the Erotica genre, otherwise I would most definitely skipped this one. Though OK, maybe I would have tried it, sure, I confess. But if I had known it was sex in this way? No fucking thank you.

What my problem was w
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❈ laura ❈
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In this graphic novel we follow Rigo, a latinx girl in a polyamory relationship living in a spaceship, that wants to move with one her partners but she's worried it's going to affect to the rest of her relationships.

I liked this volume, it was a easy and fun read that I would recommend between more complex books (but if you don't like explicit sex scenes stay away from it), and it has body a sex positivity, a diverse cast, and the art was fine (nothing mindblowing but not hard to appreciate
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Devann
I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley

The background info for this story is basically that a group of scientists left earth to live in space because of vague climate change stuff and this follows their children who, as the first generation born in space, have much more open ideas of sex and relationships. It actually makes sense in a way that they would feel this way based on their new living situation, but I wish the story had gone a bit more in detail with that aspect of the plot i
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Rod Brown
Well, this was about the most sex positive issue of Archie comics ever. It's the one where Betty is okay that Archie has sex with Veronica, Veronica is okay that Betty has sex with Archie, and Archie is okay that Betty and Veronica have sex. And boy do they have a lot of sex.

On the space station California, polyamory is the new norm for the first generation of people to be raised on board. Rigo worries that she is in danger of reverting to her parents' icky monogamy because she wants to partner
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Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
3.5 Stars
This is a cute graphic novel which offers a positive future where polyamory relationships are accepted and, even, celebrated. Admittedly, I didn't completely connect to part of the narrative, but I still appreciated the diverse representation existed for other readers. I felt the plot itself was quite hollow and would have liked to see more space and technology included in this futuristic tale. I loved the inclusion of gender fluid characters and body positive acceptance, but I unfortu
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Ije the Devourer of Books
I thought the art work and colouring were lovely and I really enjoyed the idea of a group of scientists who are making a new life for themselves in space.

Twenty years ago a group of scientists left Earth, never to return. They no longer know what has happened on Earth but they have established a new community in space and they no longer wish to be bound by traditional societal expectations or customs.

The first generation of people who were born on the spaceship are now young adults and they do
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Renata
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
oh I read this awhile ago and forgot to review it on GoodReads! Anyway it's super fun and I'd recommend if you're looking for some sexy sci-fi adventures. I especially like that it engages with climate change (and how we're p fucked...figuratively but also literally, bc this is sexy!) but is ultimately hopeful and inclusive.
Sarah
Aug 04, 2018 rated it liked it
This is really outside the box when breaking cultural norms, which I appreciated. Loved the body positive aspect. Felt a little confused by parts. It gave me lots to ponder. Oh and Spanglish as an official language was pretty awesome.
Lauren James
A really interesting look at a future human society of a type that isn't often seen in sci fi. I found this very refreshing and thought-provoking, though I'm not entirely sure I agree with the points it raises.
Mimi
This was an interesting read. Young adults, trying to find their place in society. A story of all ages, all generations...
laurel [suspected bibliophile]
Rigs is a child of the first generation of scientists who fled Earth after its collapse. As the space station prepares to celebrate the 20th anniversary of leaving Earth, Rigs talks over a more personal problem: possibly sharing living quarters with Franklin without becoming exclusive.

I loved the body positivity, latinx rep, PC rep, sex positivity and the emphasis on open communication and consenting relationships. Bonus for polyamorous relationship rep too!

I didn't like that Rigs was pretty one
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Kimberly
Jun 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: rys
I really enjoyed this, and it’s has spurred me on to try other graphic novels. It was hot and steamy and very body positive. It also explores the idea of open vs. closed relationships, which I thought was interesting. I also like that birth control was a part of the discussion, excuse you can’t have an open “society” without taking the necessary precautions. From Carrie “committed yet curious”! Yep that sums it up.
Becky Boudreau
Actual rating 3.75/5.

**I received an advance copy of this graphic novel from NetGalley and Oni Press in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.**

More reviews like this one can be found on my blog
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Review

After hearing Chelsea and Julie talk about this one, I was super eager to get my hands on this one!

Upon reading it, I actually really enjoyed it, but I didn’t absolutely fall in love with it.

This graphic novel takes place in the near-future, where the US goes to complete hell
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Lindsay
Kinda simple, but it's great to read a really positive poly story!
Scott
Aug 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
As much as I'd like to see more polyamorous representation in books and media, this isn't the way to do it. There is nothing outwardly problematic about this. It's just dull.

The main character has no qualities, skills, or interests other than the boy she loves for reasons not made clear. She is worried he will not want to be her new roommate, and her friends are worried she won't want to have sex with all of them if she falls in love with him only. There is some labored "how can our parents be m
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Laura
What did one reviewer say about this book? Banging in space? There is a slight plot here, in that scientists have gone up to a space station to live for the rest of their lives, have children, and survive because something has happened on Earth. Something disastrous.

The children are all free-wheeling, making love all over the place with whomever they want, and don't have any idea why their parents are still only sleeping with each other, as per this discussion of the adult children below.



But, be
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Jodie "Bookish"  Cook
Book Review
Title: Open Earth Volume 1
Author: by Sarah Mirk, Eva Cabrera (Artist) & Claudia Aguirre (Artist)
Genre: Graphic Novel
Rating: *****
Review: So, all I can gather about the graphic novel is that it is about polyamorous relationships in space, so score one for this novel. So we are introduced to Rigo who has lived her whole live in space after the collapse of Earth.
So, we are introduced to a whole host of characters commonly known as the non-Earth born generation which include Rigo wh
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Jodie "Bookish"  Cook
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Book Review
Title: Open Earth Volume 1
Author: by Sarah Mirk, Eva Cabrera (Artist) & Claudia Aguirre (Artist)
Genre: Graphic Novel
Rating: *****
Review: So, all I can gather about the graphic novel is that it is about polyamorous relationships in space, so score one for this novel. So we are introduced to Rigo who has lived her whole live in space after the collapse of Earth.
So, we are introduced to a whole host of characters commonly known as the non-Earth born generation which include Rigo wh
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Bernadett
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs
i got my copy from netgalley
the concept and the execution was excellent. we do need to pry into taboos like polygamy and this comic dwell into it rather well. there were few kink-shaming in it and a lot of +18 content. while important and informal it was it didnt go into detail for more topics that should have been discussed. the comic didnt go too deep into politics religion and how food is being processed in space, it only focused on morals and what is considered good or bad behavior. in my op
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Alex Sarll
Polyamory - in space! It's only a little over 100 pages long, and another 40 or 60 might have given room for a bit more depth - we see that the Earthborn parents consider it all a bit odd and think one at a time is easier, but is the shift an explicit rejection of the possessive attitudes which messed up the planet? A response to the conditions of station life? There are hints of both, but more exploration would have been more satisfactory. As is, it's a sweet and simple little story - protagoni ...more
Suzanne
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love in Panels was excited to announce this title back in February (www.loveinpanels.com/comics/open-eart...), so you can imagine how thrilled I was to see it on NetGalley for early review. I have a lot to say about it, so if you don't feel like reading on - here's the TL;DR - I adored OPEN EARTH.

The book focuses on Rigo, a young Latina woman born on the California space station, and her relationships with several other "First Generation" people on the ship. The plot is given a kick when one of
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Kimberly Carrington-Fox
I think it has a great starting point -a sci-fi comic with multicultural cast, mixed languajes, open minded sex and an ecological message. However it seems a little too simple for me. It's well developed but it's too short and the story, too rush. The art is very simple too but I find it colorful and funny. It's a pity since I really think it's a great idea but to me it needs more pages and more development.
Nevertheless I praise the creators' work and I think they have a brilliant future.
Jane
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars! I loved the diversity and portrayal of polyamorous relationships in this graphic novel. However, I felt it was a little lacking in terms of plot and overall development, and I would have liked to see more about life on the space station. Open Earth was still a really fun (and sexy! This is an erotic graphic novel so there’s a lot of sex and nudity) read, and if you’re intrigued by the premise I’d definitely recommend picking it up!
Alyssa
Jun 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: other
I am fascinated by the backstory in this book, the actual story not so much. It just wasn’t my thing, but I would love a graphic novel that gives more detail on how everyone got to the space station and why it was needed. I enjoyed the artwork, but it was just a bit too much for me tbh. I am a fan of the polyamory though and wish that it was explored more in a greater depth, but it was a change from what I normally read.
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Sarah Mirk is a social justice-focused writer and artist.

She began her career as a reporter for alternative weekly newspapers The Stranger and The Portland Mercury, where she covered political issues and numerous colorful characters. From 2013 to 2017, she worked as the online editor of national feminism and pop culture nonprofit Bitch Media. In that role, she edited and published critical work fr
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