TOKYOPOP, 2009 (2009)
Reviewed by Ricki Marking-Camuto
by benjamin is a sad tale with beautiful artwork. These two elements combine to create what a graphic novel should be.
range is a teenage girl living the city. Like any teenager, she is going through a period of angst. One day, she decides to end her life by jumping off the roof of her building. A man is up there, drinking and smoking, watching her. Orange decides she cannot go through with it, and ends up befriending the man, Dashu. Her friendship with Dashu develops over the months as her life continues on its usual track of heartache, despair, and shallowness. However, in the end (which is also the beginning of
), Dashu manages to succeed where Orange has failed.
oth the story and the art of
are awe-inspiring, but the art just a little more so. I am not sure what technique benjamin uses, but it looks like a cross between photo manipulation, CG, and paint. The illustrations alone will take your breath away. The story complements the images well to create a bitter-sweet tale of friendship, loss, and coming-of-age.
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