I know I keep saying it, but how good a year for comics is 2014 shaping up to be? The good news for fans of the medium just keeps coming and coming. Yesterday saw artist Michael Cho announce the upcoming publication of his debut graphic novel, Shoplifter. Due for release, this September from Pantheon Books, and judging from Cho's blogpost, the book has been something he's been meticulously labouring over for a while, so it must be gratifying to finally see completed and given a publication date. Cho's previously published an art/sketchbook with Drawn and Quarterly, titled Back Alleys and Landscapes, as well as doing cover illustrations for various comics and books. His art style is frankly, absolutely gorgeous (as evidenced by that sublime cover above), so a full length comic book from his is great, great news.
Here's the official plot overview:
'Corinna Park used to have big plans. Studying English literature in college, she imagined writing a successful novel and leading the idealized life of an author. After graduation, she moved to a big city and took a job at an advertising agency—just to pay off her student loans. Now she’s worked in the same office for five years and the only thing she’s written is . . . copy. She longs for companionship (other than her cat),gets no satisfaction from her job, and feels numbed by the monotony of a life experienced through a series of screens. But whenever she shoplifts a magazine from the corner store near her apartment, she feels a little, what? A little more alive. Yet Corinna knows there must be something more to life, and she faces the same question as does everyone of her generation: how to find it?'
Shoplifter will have two-colour illustrations throughout, run at 96 pages and be published in hardback format.