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Strangers in Paradise: Pocket Book 1

(Strangers in Paradise Pocket Books #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  3,774 ratings  ·  249 reviews
Katchoo is a beautiful young woman living a quiet life with everything going for her. She's smart, independent and very much in love with her best friend, Francine. Then Katchoo meets David, a gentle but persistent young man who is determined to win Katchoo's heart. The resulting love triangle is a touching comedy of romantic errors until Katchoo's former employer comes lo ...more
Paperback, 344 pages
Published August 10th 2004 by Abstract Studio
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Andrew
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
I loved Terry Moore's Echo. It was mature, intelligent, and scary as heck's hockeysticks. Naturally, and after numerous recommendations, I was looking forward to Strangers in Paradise. What a joy it would be to dip into a feminist story focused on complex and interesting female characters. I've just finished Vol. 1 of the Pocket Editions. Well...

Pros:
- Great, expressive art.
- Compulsively readable, despite its flaws.

Cons:
- Two parallel authorial impulses: An almost creepily-calculated feminism,
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Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
Thank you Matthew for bringing this up unto my radar. I have not read this series prior and I am not sure why it hadn’t crossed paths with me before. Perhaps I was busy in the early nineties doing what you did back then, growing up, getting out with friends, and figuring things out!

Reading Vol I feels like I am right back in that time. There are no cell phones! No online media platforms etc. There are words or situations to hang on to, to ponder over and taking a stand, committing to your ideals
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James DeSantis
Feb 09, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a real strange book. It's not great, it's not bad, it's weird.

So it's about two women trying to figure out life. This involves all the things in life such as bad breakups, family issues, love and drama, oh yeah and spy shit. So with the two women going through insane issues you have this undercover cop situation going on with a chain, stealing money, and a lot of weird crap that keeps piling up. Really, it's so odd it's hard to explain but it's def a interesting plot none the less.

Goo
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Audrey
Apr 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who loves a good love triangle.
Shelves: home-library
I was handed this in trade paperback form when I wandered into a comic book shop one day asking if there were any "realistic" comics without all of the tights and capes. I took it home and fell in love with Katchoo, Francine, and David. Over the years I have re-read this story over an over again as the trio worked their way to the only possible conclusion they could have. It is a beautiful adventure and I recommend whenever I am given the opportunity. It was my gateway drug to the comicbook worl ...more
Tiffany Miss.Fiction
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WHAT WAS LIFE BEFORE STRANGERS IN PARADISE? WHY AM I SO LATE TO THE PARTY?
christa
Aug 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Remember that summer that you read Scott Pilgrim, lighting one book off the next, until you were dreaming in Pilgrim-ese and finished the entire series in what seemed like minutes. Then you went into that post-Pilgrim funk, missing those loveable -- and sometimes infuriating -- characters and thought that hole would never be filled. Then you said, “Screw it. I’ll turn this hole into a doorway into the graphic novel genre.” You started searching for that magical series that would capture the inex ...more
George
May 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, and, 2009
Just read the first volume of Strangers in Paradise. Boy oh boy, did it rile me up. In a good way, of course. Let's just say I admire this graphic novel, but I'm not its intended audience. Loved the art. It put me in the mind of Berke Breathed's Bloom County. For some reason Francine's mother reminded me of Bill the Cat.

OK, let's get down to it. Every single male character in this volume is an asshole. Every. Single. One. Does Terry Moore hate men? I doubt it – he is a man, after all. I think it
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J. Gonzalez- Blitz
Nov 22, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This is like a rip-off of "Love & Rockets" for people who are intimidated by punk rock and Latinas(Katchoo & Francine are JUST LIKE Hopey and Maggie, but you know--more "girl next door" looking!). And written by a Nice Guy(tm) hoping to get into a pseudo-lesbian's pants(cuz he can CHANGE her with his love!) if he acts sympathetic enough to the fact that "yeah, men are jerks, amirite"? Ever notice that everyone with a penis (save Moore's milquetoasty Gary-Stu stand-in David) in this book is EEEEE ...more
Ill D
Apr 08, 2020 rated it did not like it
With unfiltered estrogen coating every level herein, a menstrual deluge of exacerbated PMS’s laden madness drives this gynocentric tale forward. Based in reality yet well dosed with cartooney hi-jinks, it can be something of a wonky mish-mash to trudge through here. Never quite sure were to apply suspension of disbelief or focus on the dimension of reality herein, the ensuing connectives between the reader and the text here are quite jarring.
Mary Shyne
Sep 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Let me clarify: the art in this comic deserves nothing less than a 5. The linework is incredible, the pacing of the panels is top-notch, the light/dark contrasts stagger, and everything works to convey the story Moore is trying to get across.

Unfortunately, the stars get docked off for the story itself. It feels like a whole bunch of tropes and cliches haphazardly thrown together: macho lesbian former prostitute (if this was a fan fiction we would all be rolling our eyes), emotional over-eater b
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Quentin Wallace
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This year I'm going to finally read the complete Strangers in Paradise series. I've read much of it over the years, but never the entire series from start to finish.

This is different than pretty much any other comic ever published. It's almost like a comic book soap opera, but it's got enough going on it doesn't seem stale or turn off comic book readers. It's a story of two women who are best friends and the different baggage they bring with them through the journey of life.

This first issue intr
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Jason
May 02, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: graphic
Bad, really bad. Trashy, soapy and with annoyingly stupid characters.
Stephen Arvidson
Katina Choovanski—“Katchoo,” to her friends— is a beautiful and talented artist living a quiet life with everything going for her. She's smart, independent, and very much in love with her best friend, Francine Peters. Then Katchoo meets the gentle but persistent David Qin who is determined to win her heart. The ensuing love triangle is a charming comedy of romantic blunders until a second plot element emerges in the form of a suspense thriller-type arc involving Katchoo's former employer, Darcy ...more
Nathaniel
Jul 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Three and a half stars? I think?

I read a lot of Strangers In Paradise, when they came out in the nineties. I'm certain I missed large chunks of story. By coincidence, I ran across SiP again just recently. It kinda holds up. Kinda. My thoughts about it are complicated.

The easy part, the relationship between Katchoo and Francine and David is the story's heart. It's charming, and difficult, infuriating and messy. This came out at time when Defense of Marriage laws were being contemplated across the
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Printable Tire
Aug 23, 2011 rated it did not like it
Gee, even though this is pretty stupid and annoying and the guy in it is such a pony-tailed sissy and the poetry and songs are terrible and everybody is needy and mooshy and all the men are sleazy even though it's clearly written by a man whatwithall the flirtatious lesbian shit and whatnot and it has this nerdy manga vibe and I can't tell if the far-fetched gangster plotline is a distraction or the only thing keeping this book together- it's still really readable, and the lettering is well done ...more
Ryan
Jun 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I'm a big fan of poutine. For those of you who are not Canadian, nor have Canadians in your life, poutine is a Quebecois dish based on french fries, which have cheese curds placed on top of them, and then the whole thing is smothered in gravy.

This seems off-topic, but I swear it relates.

The thing with poutine is that it's a really common dish, because it's simple and easy to put together, but few people make it really well. I've been in restaurants where they've just shredded some mozzarella che
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Summer
This has to be one of my favorite comic series if not my absolute favorite. The story involves a love triangle between three people: Francine, Katchoo, and David. Katchoo is in love with her best friend Francine, who claims she doesn't see Katchoo that way and is battling some self-image issues. David is introduced a little ways into the story and befriends both of them but develops feelings for Katchoo. All three of them have a past, especially Katchoo's which is probably the most dark and invo ...more
Eric Lach
Apr 28, 2012 rated it did not like it
Very disappointing. If you are expecting the delicate realistic line drawing, sophisticated characterization, and wry humor of Moore's later works, Rachel Riding and Echo, then Strangers is a big letdown. This is Moore before he got good. He also makes no attempt to keep his sexist oogling of women's bodies in check. It is amazing when you see an artist's work before he found his groove and it's just as bad as the later stuff is good. My advice: Take a pass and go right to the good stuff.
John Wiswell
Dec 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is perhaps the most profound soap opera in the world. It’s not about a plot – the roommates are not going to run from the cops or toss the ring into Mount Doom. Rather, it’s about intertwining lives, and most often defined by either love or friendship between people. Katchoo has been in love with Francine since their teens, but Francine may not even be gay, let alone recognize Katchoo’s affection; David enters the picture, falls for Katchoo, and while Katchoo feels something for him, it’s c ...more
Vicky
Jul 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
I feel like I got recommended this series multiple times (partly because of the "promise" of a queer woman in the story, lol) but when I tried to start it a few years ago, I wasn't interested in the comic style, or maybe I was just intimidated by the commitment required for serialized books.

Returning to Strangers in Paradise now, I like it in the same way that I liked Dykes to Watch Out For: it just "feels good"/is "fun" to read about other people, especially in comic form, and with SiP, the soa
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Melissa
Sep 14, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: zaftig brunette lovers
Eric will argue aggressively about why Locas is so much better than Strangers in Paradise, but I must admit that I find Terry Moore's paean to plus-size brunettes equally fun. Maybe because I was thrown off by the dinosaur mechanic thing early into Locas, maybe because I like the name Katchoo, I dunno.... Francine is slightly Archie-fied where Maggie is simply HOT, but still, I like the goofy romance comic vibe of Strangers a lot. I'm looking forward to the rest of this series (and, to be fair, ...more
Judah
Jan 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, favorites
This series had been recommended to me more times than I can count, yet for some reason I'd never read it until just now. Wow. I see why it's considered one of the Must Reads. The artwork is beautiful, the story involved, and the characters? Well, they're you and me, with all our quirks and insecurities and pride and ninja-kung-fu-kicks.
Alsha
Nov 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Alsha by: Christine L
Shelves: graphic-novels, f-f
*inarticulate noises of glee and other emotions* That was wonderful. Next!
Opal E
Oct 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
Strangers in Paradise is a supposedly feminist comic series, but written by a man, first published in 1993, presenting a highly improbable slice of life of two young woman: Katchoo and Francine: an aggressive man-hater artist and her best friend (and not so secret love interest) a man doormat.
I have seen the thick volumes in the library for decades, once flicked through, but it really wasn’t my style so I put it back. And I didn’t really think much about it later. Then there was a promotion a f
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Adam Stone
Sep 12, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is a guilty pleasure mess that has not aged well.

Terry Moore got much praise and several awards for this creator owned romance/espionage/action/comedy series. Nobody else was attempting anything at this level of nonsense at the time. And I'm not sure anyone has successfully gone this Over The Top since.

The first volume of SiP collects the original miniseries: a highly volatile woman dates the pinnacle of male priviliged highly volatile shitheadery who dumps her on their anniversary bec
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Soobie's scared
Yeah, it's a weird series!

I bought a second-hand copy of Strangers in Paradise in English back in Summer of 2016. Then it got lost on the piles of books I've created under the coffee table in the sitting room. I dug it up yesterday 'cause I wanted to read it, since the Italian publisher's having the yearly 25% off sales. You know, to check if it's worth it.

So... Is it worth it? Ni. (Sì + no = ni)

Katchoo is an interesting character; Francine not as much. Freddye is a jerk, while I can't seem to m
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Harper Jean
Jun 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Re-reading this series for the first time in nearly two decades. This was my jam in high school. I was an active member of a late-90s SiP fan listserv. Even then I recognized it as a ridiculous soap opera with spotty plotting that seemed to suffer from a lack of planning for its many long arcs and trying to stuff in too many idea in too many genres. Still, I was sucked in and held by the themes of yearning for love and chosen family, melancholic regret, teetering on the edge of major life decisi ...more
Veronica
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
so like some others, I did find the plot kind of vague and hackneyed. mob money, prostitution, love triangle, etc. but you know, a lot of books have hackneyed plots, and then it comes down to how well the story is told.

I loved the art style, and was genuinely interested in continuing to read, so that goes a long way. the most interesting part is the relationships between katchoo, Francine, and David. I am definitely interested in seeing where that all goes. I WOULD like a little more background
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Baba
Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read the Abstract Studio comic books series one #1-3 -wow! Most excellent short story and introduction to best friends Katchoo and Francine and their world. This first volume focused on Francine's love life and how it ultimately impacts on Katchoo. Great books, great characters and great art! I read the Abstract Studio comic books. 8 out of 12.
And series two #1-13. Thirteen more issues of this great almost completely character driven series, sees Katchoo's past catch up with everyone and her s
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Alex Lawless
This was just ok for me. It definitely is a product of it's time, and has paved the way for contemporary comics and graphic novels. It was largely self-published originally. It follows two best friends and the guy who tries to be a part of their lives, resulting in a love triangle. As the series progresses it begins to devolve into a drama/crime comic. A lot happens in this first volume, and honestly it ends in such a way it would have been great if Moore had just called it then. I've flipped th ...more
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