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Emiko Superstar by Mariko Tamaki
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Sep 19, 09

really liked it
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Read in September, 2009

I picked this up a while ago but forgot I had it. This was one of the last comics from DC's late, lamented Minx line of manga-sized comics aimed with teenage female protagonists(I don't want to call them books 'for' or even 'aimed at' girls because anyone can enjoy them).

This story about Emiko, a biracial Canadian teenager, and self-professed geek who decides to reinvent herself as a performance artist. Mariko Tamaki has written an emotionally complex story bursting with very specific details, and Steve Rolston's art really brings this home; his work is more cartoonish and comic strip-like than readers of either American comics or manga may be used to, but a closer look shows how much detail he packs into each scene, and how much personality he gives each character.

I really enjoyed reading this and, though there are some story elements that felt a little familiar (a plot device with a diary is a bit clunky and sitcommish), the emotional weight and the voice of the characters really sticks with you.
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message 1: by Jennifer (new) - added it

Jennifer I may have to borrow this from you next time I see you -- I really want to read more of the Minx books, but for some reason they're really hard to find around here, which is a shame.


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