Synopses & Reviews
Jane's new in town. When she wipes out on her skateboard right in front of Jack's food cart, she finds herself agreeing to go on a date with him. Jane's psyched that her love life is taking a turn for the friskier, but it turns out that Jack has a spotty romantic history, to put it mildly. Cue the Cute Girl Network — a phone tree information-pooling group of local single women. Poor Jane is about to learn every detail of Jack's past misadventures… whether she wants to or not. Will love prevail?
In this graphic novel from Greg Means, Americus author MK Reed, and Joe Flood, the illustrator of Orcs, comes a fast, witty, and sweet romantic comedy that is actually funny, and actually romantic.
"Jack and Jane are modern young people in love. He works for minimum wage selling soup from a cart, and she's proud of her skateboarding scars. Their dates consist of free activities, like visiting the vending-machine graveyard or listening to vinyl albums. Complications arise when Jane is confronted by the Network, 'a loose alliance of smart, beautiful young women' who share information 'to prevent yet another awesome girl from falling for yet another lame guy.' Jack doesn't pass muster with them, so Jane's got to decide: 'sisters or misters?' Jack's good heart is a tonic to her, compared to the sexism she has to put up with as a skater chick, even though the other girls hate how absentminded and clumsy he is. Flood's tight close-ups keep the attention on the characters' feelings and help the snappy dialogue bite. The ultimate message that someone may be right for you without meeting your friends' approval is refreshing and reassuring. There's also a lesson about female solidarity only going so far, particularly if you're not a typical girl. Altogether it's a fun, fresh take on romance with a fascinating subtext about gender relations." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"A rich and genuine skater punk romance, eloquently picking apart our notions of Good vs. Evil in dating."
--Meredith Gran, author of Octopus Pie
About the Author
Indie comics writer and illustrator MK Reed lives in Brooklyn. Shes an old hand at the self publishing scene and her first graphic novel with a traditional publisher was Americus, with Jonathan Hill. Cute Girl Network is her most recent graphic novel.
Greg Means is a writer, editor, and librarian living in Portland, Oregon. He runs the micro-publishing company Tugboat Press and edits the award winning comic book anthology Papercutter. The Cute Girl Network is his first novel.
Joe Flood is a Brooklyn-based cartoonist and a graduate of the prestigious cartooning program at the School for Visual Arts in New York City. He illustrated Stan Nicholls' graphic novel Orcs and has worked on many other titles as well. Cute Girl Network is his most recent graphic novel.