Level Up by Gene Luen Yang, illustrated by Thien Pham
Confession: I didn’t read any comics in public on Read a Comic Book in Public Day. I felt like an awful nerd, even though I would go on to prove my nerd cred by stomping around in the absolutely atrocious heels of my Dr. Quinzel costume and being part of the choir preached to at a wonderful panel about women in comics the weekend after. But circumstances weren’t right, and the idea of exposing any of my single issues to the rigors of my daily routine made me quake in my boots. (Well, sandals. Georgia only really has two seasons.) Thus chastened, I found myself eying the graphic novel shelf at my local library, and took this little number home to make up for my transgression.