“Graphic-novel tropes are turned on their heads in this fish-out-of-water story….full of clever humor and human emotions.” — School Library Journal (starred review)
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Sci-fi adventure meets love story — and East meets West — in Mangaman, an original graphic novel for teenagers.
Ryoko, a manga character from a manga world, falls through the Rip into the “real” world — the Western world — and tries to survive as the ultimate outsider at a typical American high school.
When Ryoko falls in love with Marissa Montaigne, the most beautiful girl in the school, his eyes turn to hearts and the comic tension tightens as his way of expressing himself clashes with this different Western world where he is stuck. “Panel-holed” for being different, Ryoko has to figure out how to get back to his manga world, back through the Rip . . . all while he has hearts for eyes for a girl from the wrong kind of comic book.
“A daring piece of graphic-novel meta-fiction” (Kirkus) in which manga meets traditional Western comic book style, with artist Colleen Doran combining manga techniques and conventions with Western comic book storytelling to create a unique, seamless — though not Ripless — graphic novel hybrid that is by turns hilarious and heartbreaking.