Shiga, Jason -- Empire State

A young man (Shiga's drawing style doesn't distinguish between eight and thirty) wrenches himself out of California existence to go visit New York and his best friend / crush / something. This is one of those stories unquestionably full of autobiographical elements, not that I know, but which is its own story nonetheless. Jimmy is a romantic but aware of it; Sara is a cynic but honest with it. "Stuff happens to these people" -- not SF stuff, just life -- but I liked it.

Mind you, reading this and Fleep together paint a fairly angsty picture of the author's storytelling outlook, and Meanwhile (for all its awesomeness) doesn't alleviate that. I should re-read Bookhunter, that was pure joy.

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