In Real Life
In Real Life
First Second, Paperback, 9781596436589, 192pp.
Publication Date: October 14, 2014
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively-multiplayer role playing game that she spends most of her free time on. It's a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, a hero. It's a place where she can meet people from all over the world, and make friends. Gaming is, for Anda, entirely a good thing.
But things become a lot more complicated when Anda befriends a gold farmer -- a poor Chinese kid whose avatar in the game illegally collects valuable objects and then sells them to players from developed countries with money to burn. This behavior is strictly against the rules in Coarsegold, but Anda soon comes to realize that questions of right and wrong are a lot less straightforward when a real person's real livelihood is at stake.
From acclaimed teen author Cory Doctorow and rising star cartoonist Jen Wang, "In Real Life" is a sensitive, thoughtful look at adolescence, gaming, poverty, and culture-clash.
Jen Wang is a cartoonist and illustrator currently living in Los Angeles. Her works have appeared in the "Adventure Time" comics and "LA Magazine". She recently illustrated Tom Angleberger's "Fake Mustache". Her graphic novel "Koko Be Good" was published by First Second. "In Real Life "is her second book.
"A lovely graphic novel for gamer girls of all ages." —Felicia Day