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EmiTown, Vol. 1 (EmiTown #1)

3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  251 Ratings  ·  44 Reviews
From the whimsical to the tragic, Emi Lenox (PLUTONA, TADAIMA) brings you into her world with superb cartooning, a brilliant cast of characters and an innocent perspective often left on the cutting room floor of other diary comics. Emi proves that life is never dull in her first annual collection of EMITOWN! Introduction by Jamie S. Rich (MADAME FRANKENSTEIN, Lady Killer). ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published January 11th 2011 by Image Comics (first published January 11th 2010)
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I don't know. I wanted to like this. I did. Emi lives in Portland, so I not only recognized places and activities, but I've also crossed paths with many people in the comics community she mentions.

Also I think her drawing styles kick some a. I would totally enjoy an entire story featuring her casual style, and would probably totally want to OWN a story using her more detailed and realistic illustrations.

I enjoyed hearing the minutae of an up and coming comic creator. And I did warm up to it as I
Wayne McCoy
Jul 30, 2015 Wayne McCoy rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
'EmiTown, Vol. 1' by Emi Lenox is a year in the life of a good cartoonist. It doesn't seem like the sort of thing I liked, but it kind of won me over.

Every page is a day in the life. From expenditures to doodles to adventures with friends. Emi lives in Portland and runs into other local artists from time to time, but most of her days are spent getting together with friends or trying not to buy so much coffee or breakfast burritos.
There isn't a lot of narrative flow, so it just goes on and on. T
Nov 02, 2016 karen rated it it was ok
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man, this book could have been so freaking good. i'm a late-discoverer of mizz emi lenox, but i saw this cover and i was instantly book-grabby.

however, although her drawings are undeniably great, the book as a whole is a disappointment. it's a collection of daily drawings, ostensibly autobiographical in nature, but she fails to commit to the one simple rule of autobiographical comics: divulge.

going the autobiographical route is hard. it's squicky to put yourself out there for all to see, witho
Aug 09, 2015 Siina rated it did not like it
Sigh. It took me ages to read this. I'm overwhelmed, but not in a good way and the comic wasn't extremely bad either. It's just that nothing worked in it, if you don't count the art, since that was nice (especially for the diary like style). 400 pages is far too much when there's nothing happening in the comic. It's a diary of Emi's life and as a webcomic this could actually work on some level. It would've been better to turn this into two volumes, since this was way too heavy. It's not all abou ...more
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This isn't your typical graphic novel. It's not even a novel or fiction.

It's a diary comic that offers a very raw, open, insight to the life of Emi Lenox as she starts her journey to become a successful comic artist. It also chronicles her personal life with friends and pets in Portland, Oregon. Everything from money troubles to relationship troubles.

Nov 22, 2015 Topher rated it did not like it
This is a real trudge to get through. It's just Emi Lenox's journal. lists and stuff. I'm trying to find a way not to call this one of the laziest memoirs I've ever seen, is. If this had been used as the inspiration for a memoir about that year, with her artwork and writing style, it would have been a blast, but instead we get an actual, uncut journal of an artist living in Portland. Just...completely underwhelming.

There's no attempt to make any of the characters or even
I wanted to like this, and I like the illustrations, and Emi Lenox seems like she'd be a fun and interesting person to hang out with. However, EmiTown started off as a personal diary, and reading it feels like one, and not in a good way. There are too many redundant and repetitive details, and, since the pages weren't designed to be read as a graphic novel, the art doesn't lead the eye. Furthermore, for something that started off as a personal diary, it seems somewhat lacking in personal detail ...more
This book is the diary of cartoonist Emi Lenox. I think the second one is coming out soon. It is a very sweet, quirky, hopeful look at the day-to-day adventures of a twenty-something girl living in the Pacific Northwest who is trying to figure out what to do to make her life, friendships, and career work and fit together. The book has a journal format, and following her thoughts and developments daily really feels like reading someone else's secret musings. I want to say that if I could draw I w ...more
Sep 03, 2015 Jessica rated it it was ok
I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I really thought this would be great from reading several descriptions about it. It was OK... I liked the artwork, which is why I gave 2 stars. The thing about it is I don't see the point. It really is just some random ideas with some sketches. I basically just skimmed the whole thing because it was page after page after page of inconsequential details - the cost of her shoes, how many hours she slept last night, etc. It's su
Dana *
Sep 06, 2011 Dana * rated it did not like it
I could not finish this book. I found Emitown to be farily boring and kept waiting for something to happen. I knew the type of book it was, but I just kept expecting it to be more interesting. Stream of consciousness can be extremely humorous, as so many bloggers have shown us. I just was never pulled into the character or her worlds. I kept skipping pages and trying to see if I should keep going, but could not find anything to pull me in. It was like finding a box of some friends old doodles, a ...more
Sep 15, 2015 Theediscerning rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
The author of this book starts with an introduction admitting she didn't want these copious pages of 'diaries' ever published… I'm on her side in that. There's no point I can see in wading through 400pp of bitty, sketchy non sequiturs and personal things that (a) you can't read or understand and (b) can't enjoy whatsoever. There's a page per day here – no editing, no comprehensibility, and for obvious reasons no forethought for the audience. Therefore – no point.
Dec 19, 2015 Cha rated it did not like it
I'm okay with the potential mundanity and repitition of diary comics. But here it didn't speak to me and just made me sad about the things that absorb people. Records of consumption: food, coffee, alcohol. The challenge of budgeting; the desire for material things. Maybe sometimes in a joyful way, but also often in a self-loathing or defeated kind of way. More personal dreams and desires are present, but obscured or reduced to cliche.
Sara J.
Sep 14, 2015 Sara J. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: slice of life fans, if you like her art style
Recommended to Sara by: netgalley
Shelves: graphic-novels
Diary comic of Emi Lenox.

I couldn't finish it in one go (and I pretty much don't think slice of life is supposed to be finished in one go - how much mundane can you take (even good mundane)? Huhu.) but overall I really liked the voice and the art style was really - well, not exactly cute, but I liked it.

I will be checking out Plutona...!
Mar 01, 2015 Karen rated it liked it
This was a fun look at someone else's life. Emi is so different from me and it was so fun/funny to read this account of random interactions threw a sketch diary. It's amazing how much life has changed in 5 years...
May 26, 2015 Alenka rated it really liked it
Very charming and relatable! The timing of this is good for me; I think this chunk of Emitown is from a time in her life that is similar to my own. I particularly enjoyed the scenes in which she's at sea with one of the army cats.
If you liked Scott Pilgrim, you should like this. I didn't love it, but this is unique for sure. and Funny.

I recieved an advanced copy of this from and the publisher.
Jul 26, 2015 mkhare rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Grace Kao
Dec 19, 2016 Grace Kao rated it liked it
I found myself feeling ambivalent about this. On the one hand, I appreciate reading about the struggles and minutiae of the life of an aspiring comics artist. On the other hand, because Emi was so aware of her audience, she kept her readers at a distance throughout the emotional revelations in the book -perhaps to protect her privacy, but one would argue, the very nature of a diary comic is antithetical to the idea of privacy itself. Anyway, I'm glad I read it and I find her career struggles imm ...more
Kristina Aziz
The Good: Emi has a fantastic talent for drawing. I'm super impressed and jealous. Emi is raw and honest and has a really cute style even when it comes to her words.

What could be better: While I appreciate the candor of this book, letting us see every bit of detail, I'm not sure we really...needed so much detail. Gosh, there was a lot. I don't really mind long works--my favorite book is the Poisonwood Bible. But I wish there had been more of a story element, at least in the first few pages where
C.J. Cummings
Aug 03, 2015 C.J. Cummings rated it it was amazing
I received this book in return for an honest review.

Emitown is a bio-comic from Emi Lenox (who works on Sweet Tooth) and I was lucky enough to get an ARC to read. I haven't ready many diary/autobiographical comic books, but this was a fantastic doorway into the genre. The art is great, the writing is relatable and funny, and I am eager to check more of Emi's work out now. It made me laugh a lot, and I found it hard to put down. The feminine edge to the book, being that it is from the perspective
Nick Fagerlund
Oct 27, 2012 Nick Fagerlund rated it liked it
Easy to read even in a scattered mental state. This is a good diary comic! By not aiming for a strip-worthy moment from each day, it avoids glibness; by summarizing liberally and generally avoiding capturing other peoples’ voices, it avoids a sense of story, which leaves it feeling more honest than many of its ilk. The anti-story rhythm establishes a sense of time really effectively. And the coy abstractions (army cats, Ocean Girl, whiteheart/blackheart) actually work for me really well, as a wa ...more
It was really fun to see the drawing style sharpen and evolve from the first entries to the last. I appreciated Lenox's honesty and vulnerability at times--it felt very relatable. Gotta say, wasn't a fan of the two nostril dots as noses, but I mean, that's kind of the main complaint I'd say I had. It's more of a diary style comic, so for people looking for some overall plot or story or moral, you'd be better off looking elsewhere. But, if you want little snippets into the daily life of an aspiri ...more
BAYA Librarian
Aug 13, 2012 BAYA Librarian rated it really liked it
This is Emi Lenox’s actual diary, day by day, of her life in Portland OR from May 2009 to April 2010; since it covers a year, pretty much a page or two per day, it is long, but worth the effort. As a year in the life of a twenty something, with love interest, angst, problems with roommates, friends and boyfriends, teens will enjoy it; she’s engaging, honest and funny as well as self-deprecating. Playlists of favorite songs, armycats who help her with her love life, and her charming drawing style ...more
Jun 20, 2012 Marissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: comix, non-fiction
I found myself really enjoying this despite some initial knee jerk aversion to the Portland hipsterism of it and the cutesy art style. She ultimately won me over though because I appreciate the graphic quality of her drawing and I did feel really immersed into the rhythm of the narrative of her life as I read further. I also like the semi-cryptic way she talks about her romances, her sense of humor, and the way she writes about her strong connection with her best friend. I will be on the look ou ...more
Leah Webber
Jun 19, 2012 Leah Webber rated it really liked it
A romping autobio page-a-day comic that takes us through almost a year in the life of Emi Lenox, a Portland, OR artist working in a crap job, interning at various awesome local studios, and dreaming like so many girls in the 20's. It follows her very active social life, her hopes and fears with relationships, and the fun she has going to conventions.

This thing is epically long, and this is only volume one. It's ambitious, and entertaining. I really enjoyed it.
Christian Lipski
Dec 29, 2010 Christian Lipski rated it it was amazing
Such a personal look at a young woman's life. From the mundane (breakfast burritos, budgets) to the extraordinary (signing a book deal), Emi Lenox puts it all out there in a year's worth of comics. Interweaving cartoon cats and detailed superheroes with song lyrics on post-it notes, Lenox paints a picture of life that anyone can connect with. See her comics online at
Alexandra Neill
May 30, 2013 Alexandra Neill rated it really liked it
It takes a while to settle into the style of this but once I got used to all the visual cues and hidden meanings, I really enjoyed it. It's just a straight diary so there's no real story but I actually like the mundanity of it. Was good. Did like.
Sep 26, 2011 Jessi rated it liked it
Emi's year of growth from person who talks about making art and making it their life to someone who does. A little bit Scott Pilgrim (self conscious inner dialog), but mostly just daily life. I found there to be a bit too much of the latter. Still very enjoyable.
Aug 08, 2015 Brooke rated it liked it
I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This graphic novel is a comic diary that details the life of author Emi Lenox. It's an interesting concept and it's easy to relate to the author. The drawing style is cute, but sometimes it just felt like it needed something more.
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