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Same Difference Hardcover – December 6, 2011
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"Here is your chance to catch up on this artist's sharp comedy, thoughtful characterizations and cartooning pizzazz...Kim shows a lot of promise in his varied styles and subtle but subversive Asian American angle. Don't miss this impressive debut." ―Time
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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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.
Overall it's a really nice edition of "Same Difference." I just wish other readers had a chance to see the variety and breadth of Derek's abilities without having to purchase a used copy of the original (like I did) and that this new version had a place for the other stories.
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.