For the end of the year, I’ve got a couple graphic novels that I finished recently which I really enjoyed. Finishing 2014 with some good ones!
Kim (aka Skim) and her friend Lisa are wannabe Wiccans who are part of the school body who find out that not only does popular girl Katie get dumped, her ex then kills himself too. Everyone is suddenly in “grief” and “loving life” mode but Skim is trying to figure things out as she becomes more and more depressed.
Wow this was a heavier read than I thought. Having really enjoyed the Tamakis’ graphic novel This One Summer last month, I was looking forward to this one that I had picked up during the Toronto Comic Arts Festival earlier this year as well. Skim has got just about everything in it: suicide, depression, bullying, cliques, teenage angst and the confusion of having feelings for members of the same sex. I am also a huge fan of Jillian’s illustrations and her realistic artwork, with familiar Toronto elements, was once again fantastic.
A collection of three separate stories that have a poignant moment in each of them. Duncan, who has been tasked with a challenge in order to win over the Princess. Gran’pa Greenbax, a frog full of greed who sees a mysterious smile in the sky one day. Janet, who answers a mysterious (and suspicious) email from a Nigerian prince.
Being a fan of Derek Kirk Kim’s from his Tune series, I was really intrigued by this book – although my disappointing feelings from Gene Luen Yang’s American Born Chinese gave me pause to dive into The Eternal Smile. I’m so glad I did end up reading this though because I loved it so much more. I really didn’t know what to expect but the interesting message behind each of the three stories worked out to be a great surprising outcome.