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Vacancy (Nobrow 17x23) Paperback – June 2, 2015

4.1 out of 5 stars 21 ratings
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Gr 5–7—More graphic short story than traditional graphic novel, Vacancy is a compelling tale of what lies beyond. Lee presents a question that many young people will relate to: What is out there just beyond the edge of what is known? Simon, an anthropomorphized dog sporting a green hoodie and hipster glasses, seemly left abandoned in a backyard, dreams of what lies beyond the fence, in the dark woods. When a deer and a raccoon show up, Simon sees his chance to explore, but soon realizes that he might be ill equipped for what is out there in the wild. Lee is a gifted artist, and Vacancy highlights her skill. Dark at times while still being vibrant, the story unfolds as our protagonist balances being safe but isolated with the need for companionship and adventure. VERDICT The strong artwork and quirky story line make this slim volume best for die-hard graphic novel fans in upper elementary and middle school.—John Trischitti, Midland County Public Libraries, TX

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Vacancy is adorable but sad, with masterful and compelling storytelling […] Lee tells a sweet and sad story that could symbolize a lot of different moments in life. […] I’m certain readers will project any number of feelings and experiences onto this story, which gives it both a universal appeal and an added weight. […] she [Lee] is an incredibly talented cartoonist and I hope that future endeavors include some fascinating work in both print and digital.
–Comics Alliance

Author-artist Jen Lee’s detail and attentiveness in this aspect is a pleasure to behold; fashion is a facet that’s too often overlooked and underused in comics. […] Vacancy (Nobrow Press) is a beautiful looking book in general; Lee’s use of color and shape is gorgeous and evocative. The sense of emptiness and uneasy quiet she conjures is almost absolute—the broken landscape a constant background even as the inherent beauty of the natural environment offers its own deceptive juxtaposition. You can choose what to see.
—The AV Club

Lee’s iconic character design and use of eye-catching color is just as good on paper as it is on screen.
—Mental Floss

Lee is a gifted artist, and Vacancy highlights her skill. [...] The strong artwork and quick story line make this slim volume best for die-hard graphic novel fans in upper elementary and middle school.
—School Library Journal

Changing colors evoke mood, and tight, small panels feature fluid, moving characters, showing the influence of modern animation and a feeling similar to the work of Kazu Kibuishi. More than just a cute animal comic, this is a parable about establishing comfort zones and the dangers of breaking them.
—Publishers Weekly

It’s a beautiful book both in terms of its storytelling and well as its craft. Lee’s use of color is breathtaking […] Lee’s world-building is as dynamic a character as her anthropomorphic heroes
—Comics Bulletin

Fables of making it in the big, wide, dangerous world have been done before, but perhaps never so pleasing to the eye as with this short effort by Jen Lee. […] Lee’s art is colorful and frenetically-paneled, bringing out the desperate nature of the action scenes, and well capturing the frantic emotions of the clueless companions. […] Vacancy reveals the movement inherent in her work on the page.
—Vermicious

As her first print comic, it carries the moody palette and feeling of uneasy movement of her online work.
—Hyperallergic

Lee is able to still take advantage of the print format in ways that don’t work as well online. The weight of the paper, the way color is used, the page layouts… it’s not just a webcomic that’s been printed, but a comic that’s been designed for print.
—Freaksugar

Lee's character design is sort of like a cuter Michael DeForge, but still containing a hint of danger and visceral animal behavior.
—Rob Clough

The narrative rides these emotional rails to great affect, and you never feel safe from this sense of restless dread that serves as VACANCY’s emotional core. […] VACANCY feels personal for Lee. There’s a palpable sense of anxiety here, a nervous energy that’s difficult to conceive of, let alone approximate, if you’ve never felt it yourself. […] there’s a deep, abiding pathos in those abstracted faces. It’s a book that is essentially about being comfortable in your own skin, and it’s about the journeys we sometimes have to go on to assume that comfort for ourselves. […] VACANCY is rooted in optimism. Its dystopia is one limited to the now, and it’s a story about how we learn that it doesn’t define the future—if we don’t let it.
This Is Infamous

Vacancy by Jen Lee is a dystopian story about the sometimes opposing needs for safety and companionship. […] Lee’s style is bold and the action leaps through the graphic frames. It speaks not just to the fears of survival but a deep fear of isolation.
Joy Corcoran

The artwork is wonderful. The linework is clean and detailed and the characters designs really look like modern children with their fashion and style… but they’re animals.
-Comic Bastards

I applaud her for using a deer as one of the troublemakers.
Topless Robot

[Jen Lee’s] art combines qualities that are both eerie and cute, which helps define both the uneasy & disturbing world, but also the strength of the friendships blooming amidst disaster. And that, in short, is just plain cool!
The Comic Age

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3.0 out of 5 stars Young artist given a break by Nobrow publishing
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