Corrina Park used to have big plans.
Studying English literature in college, she imagined writing a successful novel and leading the idealized life of an author. But she’s been working at the same advertising agency for the past five years and the only thing she’s written is . . . copy. Corrina knows there must be more to life, but and she faces the same question as does everyone in her generation: how to find it?
Here is the brilliant debut graphic novel about a young woman’s search for happiness and self-fulfillment in the big city.
(With two-color illustrations throughout.)
Corrina Park supplements her dead-end social life and mind-numbing urban existence with the thrill of shoplifting. It's not even particularly adventurous theft, self-described as both "small time" and "magazines only, honest." Between grumpily writing advertising copy for children's perfume and catering to the whims of a banshee-howling cat, Corrina sates herself with frozen dinners for one and second-guessing her own apathy. It's more a vignette than a novel, but illustrator Cho's debut is a funny and touching portrait of urban angst. What's exceptional is the eye-catching art in two colors, black and rose. The adept use of black ink delineates but does not complete the outlines of people and buildings; the rose tones shadow and spotlight, subtly drawing attention. Large swatches of rose or black physically define Corinna's distance, both enforced and self-imposed, from her world. The delicate ink line articulates the facial expressions, and the intricate background and character details tie the narrative together. With its appealing story and quirky heroine, Cho's debut is a visually electrifying, if minor, tale.