Kirstin Cronn-Mills has a great mixture of words and graphics in, Original Fake. I expected something that looked more like a comic book, but was pleasantly surprised by the illustrations, binding and high quality overall. The pictures blended so well with the story. Frankie is a funny, delightful character who feels disconnected from his family. Typical teen feeling, right? His life changes quickly when he meets the street artist idol of his dreams. He was a favorite character of mine. The secondary characters were interesting as well. The journey was fun, quirky and well... read the book to find out. I encourage new readers of graphic novels to start with Original Fake. I am glad I did.
In this Banksy-inspired illustrated novel, an escalating sibling rivalry train wrecks and vengeance is a street-art act of war
Introvert Frankie Neumann hates his life, and understandably so. He’s got a weird, tutu-wearing sister, Lou, and even weirder parents, Bridget and Brett—Frank Sinatra and Dr. Frank-N-Furter impersonators, respectively. And, he’s just the guy who makes pizza at Pizza Vendetta. Though he has secret artistic aspirations of his own, his over-the-top family makes him want to stay in the background. But Frankie's life is about to change—becoming way more interesting, even a little dangerous, but definitely cool.
After his shift at the pizzeria one night, Frankie meets David and Rory, cousins and errand runners for the mysterious Uncle Epic, a legendary anonymous street artist and Frankie’s absolute idol. Little could Frankie dream that his new adventures with Uncle Epic would lead to the perfect opportunity to strike back at his insufferable sister for a lifetime of torture. But things go haywire quicker than you can say “street art kicks righteous ass,” and the lines are suddenly blurred between art and Frankie’s real life.