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I dedicate this blog to comics in all forms, manga, autobio, superhero, art books, etc.  And of course, since I need a challenge, I've decided that I'll read and write (short) reviews for 365 comics during 2015.

Empire State: A Love Story (or Not) - Jason Shiga

I kept going back and forth on this graphic semi-autobiographical novel.  At times I really sympathized with Jimmy as he struggles with adulting and working up the courage to address his unrequited love with Sara, his best friend.  At other times I really detested the way he shoved his unrealistic expectations on Sara, who was pretty obviously not interested in him.  Then again, I'd go back to sympathizing with him as he deals with his parent's expectations as they keep him stuck at home, crippling any chance he might have of even trying to take more adult responsibilities. 


I was also irritated by Sara herself because she was so cynical about relationships, not seeming to take into account how her actions might hurt others.  The way she casually mentions how she'll probably break up with her current boyfriend in 3 months to pursue something better, because she just doesn't see it working out.  Why bother at all in that case?  Or thinking that instead of just saying, "yeah, I'm not interested in you." She'd rather string a person along until they've built up a bunch of hope and then say, "Yeah, no."


I enjoyed the daily life scenes probably the most in the book.  I think I learned how to do plasticlear the exact same way, and the response to that, "Better than shelf-checking."  That made me laugh.  Though, I actually enjoyed shelf-checking.  But, I've been told many times I'm crazy, so.


I'm not really a romantic person, so the Empire State building, Sleepless in Seattle stuff, I found that pretty funny.  Though I get it would be horrible to wait for someone anywhere and have them not even realize you were there.  Still...so funny!


For fans of auto-bio, also cringe worthy tales of young-adult angst, self-esteem and epic f-ups.  Similar stories by another favorite artist, Derek Kirk Kim in Same Difference and Other Stories, it's award winning good stuff, so read it.