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About 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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: First Second (December 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596436573
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596436572
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.6 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The first publishing of Derek Kirk Kim's "Same Difference & Other Stories" (by TopShelf) is one of my favorite graphic novels of all time. I fell in love with Derek's method of storytelling and his ability to capture the human emotion within his characters faces. That hint of surprise, that pang of sadness, or the look of longing over a lost loved one so eloquently captured in the characters faces. And while I missed out on the chance to buy a new version of the older book, I was excited to see FirstSecond offering a new edition of "Same Difference" in a nice hardcover format. And while it is a beautifully designed book (I especially love the mylar cover with the fish)...I'm a bit disappointed that it is literally only "Same Difference" and that the "other stories" got left by the wayside with no way for new readers to enjoy them unless they go and purchase a used copy of the original book.

The actual story, "Same Difference," is still absolutely fantastic and remains timeless. In the story we meet a group of friends sitting at a local restaurant, in front of the fish tank, discussing where they are in life and what they want from the future. Over the next few pages Simon and Nancy both share secrets about themselves...and in order to resolve a couple of them they head off to Simon's hometown. And the theme of the fish tank, the kinda of outside looking in theme from going back home and watching folks but not really fitting in, reverberates throughout the story in many ways. Especially with the new mylar cover where the reader feels like they're inside the fish tank looking out and hearing the stories being told is a nice touch. The artwork in the story is evocative and captures the emotions of the characters well.
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I remember reading this a very long time ago when it was online and free. I am very pleased to own it now and the hardcover is lovely. It came quickly and was packaged nicely!
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Found it at the library, and decided to check it out. It's a story of two friends (both Korean American), Simon and Nancy. Nancy has been receiving letters from someone named "Ben Leland", who mistakenly thinks "Sarah" still lives at her address. Nancy writes back to see what happens, and the two friends decide to go on a trip to Pacifica, CA to find him. The other subplot is about Simon's regret and shame over his old high school friend, Irene, a blind girl that asked to go with him to a dance, but he lied and rejected her, saying he was going to be out of town. There's a lot of dialogue in this book, so if you're more into action or a strong plot, you'd probably be bored with this one. The art isn't beautiful to look at, but I liked how it was almost cinematic- there are lots of moment-to-moment transitions (Scott McCloud) near the end when they finally meet Ben, and after they leave the beach and the drawing that Simon makes on the sand is washed away by the waves. What Nancy writes in her letter to Ben at the end isn't shown, but I guess the reader doesn't have to know. The characters have both grown up a bit by the end of the book- they start off a bit shallow, but have become more introspective and empathetic. The author states at the end that this is a work that's important to him, and you can tell by reading it.
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Just finished reading this book and I really enjoyed it. Made me laugh and it was a quick read which is nice because I never have time to read a full book.

I would like to rebuttal the few one star reviews. A few people complained about not being able to give it to middle schoolers. Well, I really have no clue who the target audience is supposed to be, I randomly picked the book up at the library, but I can guarantee it's not for middle schoolers. The characters in the book are 25, they smoke, talk a little about sex and ::gasp:: they swear.

That's another thing. One star reviewers complained about the swearing. Honestly if your gonna swear in a book I thought it was an okay amount not too much, for sure. I've read many stories that the swearing was just ridiculous and just got annoying it was nothing like that. Maybe I didn't mind because I swear like a sailor. (Isn't that a saying?) lol

If your not in middle school maybe even high school and you don't mind a little swearing this book was a fun read and I'm glad I found it and would read it again if I owned it.
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Cute, cheap little book. Very short, but a good read. Tells the story about some recent hs graduates trying to decide how to move on with their lives. Black and white on newsprint.
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I just finished reading this book and it truly is a great book. The story is compelling and the characters are relatable.
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