Jen Wang is a Bay area cartoonist who has had short comic book stories appear in the excellent graphic novel anthology series Flight.
Koko Be Good is her first graphic novel and is a 300 page extension of an online comic Jen Wang started in 2004. Published by First Second, Koko Be Good is only $18.99, which is a great deal for the great production values that perfectly showcase Wang's art.
Besides being a delightful visual treat, Koko Be Good is also a delightful (yes, I just used that word twice, but it really is the best way to describe this graphic novel) coming of age story that has poignant moments, but is mostly funny.
A favorite passage from Koko be Good:
"Beauty could be defined simply as 'that which pleases.' But there is another aspect to art, and that... is the sublime. Like the mushroom cloud of the atom bomb, or the vastness of space as projected to us by satellite... the greatness of the experience goes beyond your ethical and aesthetic judgment, cutting you free from the binding ego of yourself. With the diminishment of your ego, the less there is of you, the more you see the sublime."
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