Empire State: A Love Story (or Not)
Jimmy is a stereotypical geek who works at the library in Oakland, California, and is trapped in his own torpidity. Sara is his best friend, but she wants to get a life (translation: an apartment in Brooklyn and a publishing internship). When Sara moves to New York City, Jimmy is rattled. Then... show more
Jimmy is a stereotypical geek who works at the library in Oakland, California, and is trapped in his own torpidity. Sara is his best friend, but she wants to get a life (translation: an apartment in Brooklyn and a publishing internship). When Sara moves to New York City, Jimmy is rattled. Then lonely. Then desperate. He screws up his courage, writes Sara a letter about his true feelings, and asks her to meet him at the top of the Empire State Building (a nod to their ongoing debate about Sleepless in Seattle). Jimmy's cross-country bus trip to Manhattan is as hapless and funny as Jimmy himself. When he arrives in the city he's thought of as "a festering hellhole," he's surprised by how exciting he finds New York, and how heartbreaking—he discovers Sara has a boyfriend! Jason Shiga's bold visual storytelling, sly pokes at popular culture, and subtle text work together seamlessly in Empire State, creating a quirky graphic novel comedy about the vagaries of love and friendship.Praise for Empire State:"He [Shiga] displays a wicked sense of comic timing." -Publishers Weekly "Empire State: A Love Story (Or Not) is funny, sweet, geeky and affecting, and definitely worth a read." -Wired.com "Shiga's illustrations . . . are unique and endearing, and his images of NYC are instantly recognizable." -am New York "If Woody Allen grew up in Oakland rather than Manhattan, he'd most likely see the world, and especially New York City, as Jason Shiga does in Empire State." -Big Think.com
Publish date: May 1st 2011
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Pages no: 144
Edition language: English
, Realistic Fiction
, New York
, Sequential Art
, Graphic Novels
, Graphic Novels Comics
I kept going back and forth on this graphic semi-autobiographical novel. At times I really sympathized with Jimmy as he struggles with adulting and working up the courage to address his unrequited love with Sara, his best friend. At other times I really detested the way he shoved his unrealistic e...
I had a weird sense of deja vu while reading this book. I'm pretty sure I haven't read it before, but the style of the art was really familiar. I picked this book up at the library on a whim, and it read like a grown up version of Lost at Sea by Bryan Lee O'Malley. I could definitely relate to Jimmy...
Pretty funny. I was a little confused about the time line of the story, but I was reading pretty fast.
Jimmy is 25 years old and still living at home in Oakland, CA. He dreams of trading his library job for a web-developer position at a dot-com, and he also misses his best friend Sara, who has relocated to NYC for a publishing internship. Hoping that he can start a new life in the big city and also a...
It was ok, but I didn't particularly like it. I have an ARC, so I am not positive if the pictures are different in the final copy. I liked the art work. I like the main character. I loved the lesson on lattes, and the mention of Dorothy Parker. *grin* But the storyline was choppy. I often could...