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Re-Gifters (Minx)by Mike Carey and Marc Hempel and Sonny Liew
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Meet Jen Dik Seong — or "Dixie" as she's known to her friends. Korean American, dirt poor, and living on the ragged edge of LA's Koreatown, Dixie's only outlet is the ancient martial art of hapkido. In fact, she's on the verge of winning a championship — until she falls for fellow hapkido fan/California surfer boy Adam and gets thrown spectacularly off her game.
As she struggles to win the tournament — not to mention Adam's affections — Dixie learns that in love and in gift-giving, what goes around comes around.
"Carey's (God Save the Queen) story of a young martial artist in love is funny and touching in equal parts and is carried off in fine style. Jen Dik Seong (Dixie) is Korean-American, and her outlet ishapkido, a form of martial arts that originated in Korea. She also sports a 'life-threatening crush' on fellow competitor Adam, and in an effort to win his affection, she buys him an expensive statue — with the money she was supposed to use to enter the big upcoming tournament. Adam doesn't care about the statue and re-gifts it to the girl of his dreams; since she no longer has the money to buy a seat, Dixie has to get into the tournament the hard way, through open trials. Adam shows his true colors shortly before the finals, asking her to throw the match; spunky kid that she is, Dixie refuses, and with help from a 'bad boy' with a heart of gold named Dillinger, regains some much-needed inner confidence. Dixie is a charming and spirited protagonist, one who often breaks narrative to address the reader ('Don't even read this chapter — please!' she exclaims several panels before getting grounded; elsewhere she fusses at a friend to get out of her caption box). Liew and Hempel's (My Faith in Frankie) artwork is angular and wiry, ethnicities hinted at but played down; fight scenes are kinetic and slightly stylized, with a touch of manga influence. Ages 12-up. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Well-developed characters, plot, and setting make this graphic novela standout....This story works visually and as a sound narrative where action, romance, and introspection combine in an enjoyable and realistically multiethnic whole." Booklist (Starred Review)
"Re-Gifters is set in LA's Koreatown and reads exactly like a YA novel, with quirky characters, spot-on dialogue and a fast-paced, entertaining plot. Dixie is the very picture of a flawed heroine..." KLIATT
"DC's new Minx line promises eclectic, real-world stories that honor girls' intelligence and assertiveness, and [this title]
Jen Dik Seong, aka "Dixie," is dirt poor and living on the ragged edge of LA's Koreatown. Her only outlet is the ancient martial art of hapkido, and she's on the verge of winning a championship — until she falls for surfer boy Adam. Older teens.
Follow a Korean-American California girl as she discovers that when it comes to gift-giving and love, what goes around comes around.
About the Author
Mike Carey is a writer who lives in London, England. He is best known for his work on Vertigo's Lucifer and Hellblazer. His novel, The Devil You Know, will be published by Warner Books summer 2007.
Marc Hempel is best known for his collaboration with Neil Gaiman on The Sandman: The Kindly Ones, as well as his own creations Gregory, Tug & Buster, and Naked Brain.
Sonny Liew is an illustrator currently residing in Singapore. His works include Malinky Robot and My Faith in Frankie.
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