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The Nao of Brown
2012
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A surprising and challenging piece, this quite literate graphic novel serves up a richly nuanced look at the daily life of Nao Brown, a 20-something hafu (half English, half Japanese) woman who works as a designer at a specialty toy store in contemporary London. Nao finds herself stuck in the nebulous area of biracial biculturalism and weathers the trials of the dating arena while also contending with common misperceptions about her Asian side. Further complicating her existence is a case of debilitating OCD, coupled with the frequent desire to inflict violent harm on people she encounters, twin demons that at times necessitate her retreat from the world. This is a dense work that gets into the often-disturbing realms found in Nao's mind and the more we get to know of her, the more wrenching her situation becomes. Dillon turns in a narrative tour de force, featuring a script that works in perfect concert with almost cinematic art reminiscent of Milo Manara, but with far more expressive characters A triumph of comics for grownups, this is a must-read. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Nao Brown is not well. A 28 year-old half-Japanese, half-English girl tormented by her OCD and struggling to get her design and illustration career off the ground, she embarks on a spiritual journey to calm her mind, meeting Gregory, a washing machine repairman, along the way. A life-affirming story about the power of love and the importance of spirituality.
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