Synopses & Reviews
Based on the bestselling comic book and graphic novel series, this is the ultimate compendium of Strangers in Paradise
, the critically acclaimed story of two ordinary women whose friendship turns to love during one violent summer.
Author Terry Moore weaves a fascinating director's cut of the entire series from its quiet beginnings to the terrifying climax, compiling the best of the best from the first sixty-plus issues, adding never-before-seen pages and insightful commentary, and reconstructing the lives of Katchoo (the beautiful young rebel), Francine (the lovable neurotic), and the rest of his cast into a spellbinding story all its own, perfect for newcomers and hardcore fans alike.
"This handsome, oversize book comes at an opportune time: it gathers early issues of the long running, Eisner Award-winning independent comic into trade paperback collections, which should help it reach a larger audience. Moreover, the story deserves an overall survey to catch new readers up on events so far, since it has gone through several incarnations, including episodes of sex comedy, crime thriller and domestic drama. Reading these collected chapters in the continuing story of angry, blonde Katchoo and more easygoing, brunette Francine, it becomes clear that writer/artist Moore isn't so much inventing details about these women as he is discovering more about them. When he began work on the series (in a preliminary version printed here for the first time), Katchoo and Francine were fairly straightforward comic characters. Then they started to develop unexpected quirks, which made their problems harder to resolve but made the absurdity of their maneuvers funnier. This overview of Katchoo and Francine shows how silly, scary and wonderful human relationships can be, especially as these two work at being friends and lovers. Readers familiar with the series will cherish this collection of highlights and extensive commentary; newcomers will appreciate the chance to get to know some endearing characters." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Bridget Jones's Diary meets La Femme Nikita in this treasury edition of the best-selling comic series, which includes highlights, arcing storylines, never-before-seen illustrations, and a running commentary by creator Terry Moore.
About the Author
Terry Moore began writing and drawing his award winning comic book series "Strangers In Paradise" in the fall of 1993. Since then he has produced over 75 issues of the true to life saga featuring Francine and Katchoo. Except for the first 3 issues with Antarctic Press and a brief run with Homage Comics, Terry has self-published every issue of SiP under his own imprint, Abstract Studio. Today SiP is available in 8 languages and is one of the strongest selling comic book titles in trade paperback format, with 12 books collecting the romantic saga to date. SiP has won many awards worldwide, including the Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series and the GLAAD Media Awards for Best Comic Book.