Dramacon: Ultimate Edition


Author: Svetlana Chmakova

Title: Dramacon Ultimate Edition

Genre:  Graphic novel

Publication Date:  2008

Number of Pages:  630

Geographical Setting:  A comic book convention someplace in North America

Time Period:  Contemporary

Series (If applicable): Dramacon

Plot Summary: Christie, a young writer, goes to a comic book convention over the course of three years to plug the manga she’s written. Her boyfriend and artist cheats on her and tries to rape her in the first book, but she meets Matt, an enigmatic young man dressed as a manga character, who helps her leave her boyfriend. The second and third books introduce Christie’s new artist, Bethany, who’s trying to break free from her overbearing mother to pursue being an artist. Christie and Matt keep bumping into one another, and sparks fly, but Matt’s girlfriend keeps trying to get between them.

Subject Headings: Young Adult Manga, Graphic Novels-Manga, Comics & Graphic Novels / Manga / General, Manga – General, Comics & Graphic Novels – Manga, Love & Romance, Teenagers, Comic book illustrators, Fans (Persons), Conventions, Men/women relations, Teenage boy/girl relations

Appeal: Vivid characters, colorful writing, expressive drawing and a detailed setting help fill out this on-again-off-again, episodic romance. The bittersweet character-centered plot contains a lot of emotion but little in the way of violence or explicit sex. Lots of plot twists keep the heartwarming story hopping, and the reader gets a better appreciation of what it takes to become successful as a manga writer or artist. Although not a traditional manga, it follows manga conventions in drawing style, using chibis to show emotions, and exaggerating emotional responses.

3 Terms that best describes this book: Vivid characters, colorful writing, bittersweet romance

Similar Authors and Works (why are they similar?):

3 Non-fiction Works (autobiographies of authors)

A Girl From Yamhill by Beverly Cleary (novelist’s early years explored in autobiography)

Excelsior! By Stan Lee (Marvel comics writer’s rise to fame)

How I Came To Be A Writer by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (writer’s life explored through her fiction)

3 Fiction Works (teen authors/artists find romance)

Drawing a Blank, or, How I Tried to Solve a Mystery, End a Feud, and Land the Girl of My Dreams by Dan Ehrenhaft with illustrations by Trevor Ristow (a teenaged boy who writes his own comic books tries to solve a mystery)

The Astonishing Adventure of Fanboy and Goth Girl by Barry Lyga (teenaged boy who writes graphic novels has his world turned upside down by Goth Girl)

Dumb Love by Kathleen Jeffrie Johnson (teen novelist yearns for love in story peppered with unique characters)

Name: Christine E.

Tags: Accessible, character centered, contemporary, conversational, humorous, plot twists, romantic, vivid, engrossing, engaging, action-oriented, intriguing, quirky

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