angry gift guide: same difference by derek kirk kim

Just in time for the holidays, Same Difference, the award-winning debut graphic novel by Derek Kirk Kim, is back in print. It's easily one of my favorite books from the last decade, and now it's available in a new hardcover deluxe edition from First Second.

Originally serialized on Derek Kirk Kim's website, Same Difference made a huge splash when it was published back 2003, winning both the Eisner and the Harvey -- two of the comics industry's highest honors.

The book tells the story about a couple of twenty-somethings trying to deal with adulthood and personal relationships with humor and truth. Here's the publisher's back-of-the-book description:
When Derek Kirk Kim (The Eternal Smile) published his debut graphic novel back in 2003, it made an immediate stir. The story about a group of young people navigating adulthood and personal relationships is told with such sympathy and perception that the book was immediately hailed as an important new work.

Seven years later, it's clear that Same Difference has won a place among the great literature of the last decade. It stands not only with Fun Home, Persepolis, and American Born Chinese as a lasting graphic novel, but with much of the best fiction of this young century. Derek's distinctive voice as an author, coupled with his clear, crisp, expressive art has made this story a classic. And this classic is now back in print, in a deluxe edition from First Second.
Derek is a huge talent, and Same Difference made me a fan for life. I'm already own the Top Shelf version of the book, but I'll probably pick up the new hardcover because it looks so cool. For more information about Derek Kirk Kim and his work, including his films, check out his official website here

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