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Koko Be Good by Jen Wang
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Sep 26, 2010

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bookshelves: comics, san-francisco
Read from November 19 to 20, 2010 — I own a copy

Jen Wang is a top tier cartoonist and her gifts for expressive faces and hands were on full display in this book. She managed to pack in a wide range of physiognomies while keeping things stylistically consistent, which made it a lot of fun to just inspect each page for all the weird smiles, grimaces, squints, etc. It was also fun to see so many places I know from San Francisco in comic form! BART stations, the dreaded Zeitgeist, Sutro Tower, the fog, the vertiginous hills.

All that said, the story was a bit forgettable. Koko was fun in a puckish way, but not terribly believable in the realist context of the book. The theme of 20-somethings searching for meaning as the structured world of school disintegrates is way too familiar to be of any interest to me, sadly. I like Faron, though.
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