Dec 2010 28

by Alex Dueben

“She really was a manifestation of my inner thoughts”

– Jen Wang

Jen Wang first surfaced crafting short comics that appeared online and in the Flight anthologies, but her debut graphic novel Koko Be Good is the first work of hers that most people will have encountered. It’s a beautifully illustrated book that centers around three characters, each of whom is tackling, in their own way, what it means to be “good.”

Wang, who graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in Sociology, has spent the past few years toiling at a variety of jobs while working on her book. It’s entirely possible to dislike her for her youth (she’s still only 26), her loose expressionistic linework, and the delicate watercolors she uses so adeptly. The book, though, is very definitely good.

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