Our pal Kit reviews comics for us sometimes! This is one of those times.
“Faced with a cascade of such the tantalising and enticing offers. I was forced to accepted one of their offers”
Before you get picky with the wording of that quote, this comic was originally written in French by Yatuu, translated by Fnic. It tells a story that will be worryingly familiar to you if you are, or were, a twenty something year old, bright and optimistic graduate.
This isn’t a traditional graphic novel as such, the pages are minimalist in their art, jumping from scene to scene with at times little to no transition. This isn’t a bad thing in this case as it tells an overarching story. It tells the story of a young girl trying to make her way in the world. She starts off bright and optimistic, having previously graduated to obtain her degree, but as she tried to start a career in the games industry but instead just finds herself passed around from one internship to another.
As someone who’s been around the houses a little bit in trying to start their career after university this hit home a little bit. She tried her best for her first few internships but never gets anywhere with it. The comic book focuses on her next attempt to break into the industry. It has a choose-your-own-adventure style aspect across the comic (I did cheat and check all of the options!)
It shows a lot of the hardships faced by the late 80s – 90s graduates today, who were told that life would be easy and they’d land their dream job if they just went to university. And then they’d get their perfect job if they just worked a little harder. As we see in this comic it’s easy to give nearly everything you have and still get nowhere. She meets the supportive janitor, the eccentric bosses and unsympathetic employees who just seem to be waiting for her to leave.
As the art on each page is very light it’s very easy to read, it’s not a comic I’d expect to see Marvel or DC fans clamouring over but it would be a great comic to get out to the wider public. It would be great to see it passed around students before they go to university, but that’s incredibly unlikely of course.
I won’t go into what happens at the end, but it fits the tone of the comic perfectly.
This is a very good, very real one off story. The tale it tells is relevant during the 2010s and I’m sure plenty of people will be able to relate to it. I’d recommend it if you’ve graduated and you’re finding times tough, if you want to get into something a bit heavy, but I’d especially recommend it to any employers out there. Even more so any who offer unpaid internships. You can pick it up over at the Sloth Comics website!
Final Score – 8 overworked late nights out of 10.