Zoe is a young twenty-something working a dead-end job as a booth girl in Paris. She’s groped, she’s treated like crap, and she’s miserable both at work and at home, with her loser boyfriend. When she meets a new guy, she has no idea who he is, only that he’s got a lot of books and he’s totally different from her other boyfriend. What she doesn’t know is that he’s Thomas Rocher, a brilliant author who’s best work has been published posthumously. Nope, she’s not dating a ghost; Rocher faked his own death for fame, and she’s sitting on the literary scandal of the century, but that’s the least of her problems: Rocher is a needy and self-obsessed shut-in, whose ex-wife is still in the picture.
Exquisite Corpse is author/artist Pénélope Bagieu’s first U.S. graphic novel release. She’s had big success in her native France, especially with her comic series, Joséphine, which has been compared to a French Bridget Jones (FirstSecond, PLEASE tell me you’re translating these volumes for US audiences). I love that Bagieu writes graphic novels for twenty-something women. She tells fun chick-lit stories that have a wry twist, perfect for an audience who normally hasn’t had original graphic novels written for them. I can’t wait to see what else Ms. Bagieu has for us, but in the meantime, Exquisite Corpse hits stores on May 4th. Check out a preview of the book right here, courtesy of Macmillan, who’s distributing the book.
Writer & Artist: Pénélope Bagieu
Publisher: First Second
On-Sale: May 5, 2015