Graphic Novel 'Shoplifter' Perfectly Captures Post-Grad Angst

September 2, 2014 12:35 PM

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Graphic Novel 'Shoplifter' Perfectly Captures Post-Grad Angst

The rise of the realist graphic novel is a logical shift for the genre; who says comics need to be funny or fantastic? With his debut book Shoplifter, Michael Cho joins the likes of Anya Ulinich (who's been credited for sketching a sort of Girls for divorcees), Jillian Tamaki (whose This One Summer follows an overweight teen), and Marjane Satrapi, the genius behind Persepolis.

He tells a story we've heard before: idealistic recent grad attempts to balance pursuit of literary dreams with ability to pay the rent. Protagonist Corrina is putting her English literature degree to good use at an ad agency that, in the opening scene, is struggling to conceive of a tagline for a p...

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