Thursday, May 1, 2014

Graphic Novel Spotlight: Friends With Boys

Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks

It's a ghost story. It's a coming of age story. It's a tale of the ways we change in high school. The visuals are amazing. Faith Erin Hicks has this fantastic ability to express emotions on cartoon faces with simple lines. Lucy's enthusiasm for pretty much everything is present in every panel in which she appears. This is another graphic novel that really benefits from black and white art. I feel like color would have made it too cluttered. Also, this is a great one to watch the details in the background. Hicks sneaks a lot of little, cool stuff in there that adds to the larger story.

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