Gingerbread Girl original graphic novel
Writer: Paul Tobin
Artist/Cover artist: Colleen Coover
Publisher: Top Shelf Productions
Price: $12.95 US
I pre-ordered this softcover graphic novel because I’m a big fan of artist Colleen Coover’s work. I didn’t even bother to find out what the story was about before committing to its purchase, so the subject matter was a complete surprise as I made my way through the first few pages of the book. To describe writer Paul Tobin’s plotting and narration choices as unique and unconventional would be an understatement. At first, the storytelling approach and the odd idea at the heart of the story struck me as a bit off-putting, but the premise and the narration quickly started to grow on me. What’s really appealing about this book are the character studies. While the focus is on Annah, the main character, the repeated jumps from one narrator to another offer the writer an opportunity to explore a number of secondary or even inconsequential characters in an unusual way. Of course, the book’s greatest strength is Coover’s charmingly sweet yet ever-so-slightly saucy artwork. Publishing information in the front of the book categorizes this as a mystery book, and it’s a fitting label, as there are no definitive answers but a satisfying read nonetheless.