Same Difference

Same Difference

by Derek Kirk Kim
     
 

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When Derek Kirk Kim (The Eternal Smile) published his debut graphic novel back in 2003, it made an immediate stir. The story about a group of young people navigating adulthood and personal relationships is told with such sympathy and perception that the book was immediately hailed as an important new work.

Seven years later, it’s clear that Same

Overview

When Derek Kirk Kim (The Eternal Smile) published his debut graphic novel back in 2003, it made an immediate stir. The story about a group of young people navigating adulthood and personal relationships is told with such sympathy and perception that the book was immediately hailed as an important new work.

Seven years later, it’s clear that Same Difference has won a place among the great literature of the last decade. It stands not only with Fun Home, Persepolis, and American Born Chinese as a lasting graphic novel, but with much of the best fiction of this young century. Derek’s distinctive voice as an author, coupled with his clear, crisp, expressive art has made this story a classic. And this classic is now back in print, in a deluxe edition from First Second.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Teri Lesesne
This book's previous incarnation, Same Difference and Other Stories (VOYA Top Shelf, 2004), won an Eisner, an Ignatz, and a Harvey Award for its examination of young adults coming to terms with adult responsibilities and situations. In this newly revised and redesigned version, readers will still see much of themselves in Nancy and Simon, two teens who inhabit the world created by Kim. As Simon reminisces about a relationship opportunity missed in high school, Nancy is involved in a deceptive online relationship. The two end up on a journey that, while filled with coincidences, seems utterly believable. Simon rights an old wrong, and Nancy sets things right. Kim frames the story in vignettes, transporting readers from scene to scene visually and even providing visual clues for flashback sequences. The story works for two reasons. First, Kim's strong hand with dialogue brings Simon and Nancy to life. Readers will feel as though they are eavesdropping on conversations complete with interruptions and pauses. Second, Kim's drawings provide the main characters with even more depth. We see expressions and body language and gestures. His use of texture and shadow brings mood and tone to the surface as well. Gene Yuen Yang's introduction will leave readers laughing, or at least scratching their heads. Reviewer: Teri Lesesne
Children's Literature - Michael Jung PhD
Simon and Nancy are two Korean-American friends haunted by their past misdeeds—Simon for the way he mistreated a blind girl back in high school and Nancy for the way she unfairly deceived a man whose letters were mistakenly delivered to her apartment. When Simon spots his former classmate in the neighborhood, however, his guilt sparks a chain reaction that takes both Nancy and him on a road trip where they just might find some forgiveness for their mistakes—and possibly some insight on the direction their lives are heading in now. Originally presented as a serial web comic on Korean-American writer/artist Derek Kirk Kim's website, Same Difference is a deeply personal work with some events based directly on incidents in Kim's own life. As such, the characters feel very true to life, as Kim's engaging (if occasionally expletive laced) dialogue reveals a pair of confused twenty-somethings who fear moving forward with their lives and constantly try to distract themselves with nonsensical conversations about the merits of turning into an anthropomorphic fly or eating raw ramen. It's a funny, almost satiric look at two lives stuck in neutral, and one that is compulsively readable. Reviewer: Michael Jung, PhD

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596436572
Publisher:
First Second
Publication date:
12/06/2011
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
1,129,770
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Derek Kirk Kim is the award-winning author of the Tune series, Same Difference, The Eternal Smile (with Gene Luen Yang), and Good As Lily (with Jesse Hamm). He has also contributed to numerous anthologies including Flight, Volume 1, Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall, and Bizarro World.

He lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

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