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Be Prepared is a Slice of Life Comic Book by Vera Brosgol.

Every year, Vera and her brother Phillip have always been the only kids in their neighbourhood to never go to camp for the summer. Well, after a disastrous ninth birthday party, Vera got word of Organization of Russian Razvedchiki in America (or ORRA for short), a Russian Summer camp. Already enthusiastic about the idea, Vera begs her mother to send her there. Her mother agrees, and pays to send her there for two weeks with her brother (much to his chagrin).

Soon after she arrives, however, she discovers that the camp isn't quite as much fun as she had expected. The bathroom is disgusting, the other kids are older than her, and quite nasty to boot, and the church is held outside rain or shine. Now all Vera wants is to be back home.

The comic was released on April 24th, 2018.


Be Prepared contains examples of:

  • Be Careful What You Wish For: After hearing about a Russian camp, Vera BEGGED her mother to let her go. She soon came to regret it.
  • Big Fun: Grusha, one of the counselors, sets himself up as this to Phillip.
  • Big "NO!": Phillip shouts one when his mother agrees with Vera to send them to camp.
    • Vera lets one out upon hearing she'll be staying at camp two more weeks.
  • Capture the Flag: The camp holds plenty of these games between the boys and girls, and whichever side wins gets to decide a punishment for the losing side.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Plenty of these happen over the course of the comic as a result of the above-mentioned game.
    • The boys side won the first time, and made the girls eat their dinner with their hands tied behind their backs.
    • The second time the boys beat the girls, the girls had to serve the boys their dinner like maids.
    • The third time the boys won, the girls had to wash the boys' dirty laundry at the creek.
    • The girls won the final game, and Vera makes all of the boys check the depth of every Hollywood with a stick and record the measurement.
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  • Hope Spot: When the intended two weeks at camp have passed, Vera is looking forward to heading home. However, her mother informed her that she got the job she'd been studying for, and it would require her to be out of town for a few days. And since she can't afford a babysitter, she decided to have them stay at camp two more weeks.
  • Irony: Vera wanted to go to Summer Camp, while her brother Phillip just wanted to stay home. When they got there, however, Vera had a miserable time, while Phillip took to it immediately. Near the end, It Got Better for Vera, and Phillip admitted that the kids he spent his time at camp with were pretty nasty to him.
  • Slice of Life: The comic focuses on Vera's time at ORRA.
  • Title Drop: The first song sung at the camp is "Be Prepared".
  • With Friends Like These...: At first, Vera makes friends with plenty of kids at the camp by showing off her artistic skills. Of course, Natasha tells Vera she shouldn't make friends in such a manner. True to Natasha's word, when Vera accidentally reveals the secret candy stash in her tent, her "friends" turn their backs on her and start to bully her mercilessly.


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