I had a good time following Reese and Adam as they worked together to create a piece of art and a shared love.
Schroeder did a great job anchoring the story in the details of fandom without ever moving into roll-your-eyes territory. This isn't a story where the author all but shoves their nerd card at the reader to prove that they're geekier than thou.
I appreciated that Reese had her own thing and friends that she did stuff with instead of being the geek's more mainstream girlfriend. It was refreshing to see her play games that Adam didn't and listening to them quibble over who they liked really brought the story and characters to life.
It was also really cool to see fellow nerds portrayed in a positive fashion - Adam's hobbies were shown as just that, and there weren't the usual stereotypes of geeks being socially awkward or bumbling fools with regards to the opposite sex. I especially appreciated that Adam made an effort to collaborate with Reese rather than trying to take over the project or try and insist that he knew better about the comics.
The story is pretty light-hearted; there's no big angsty moment and no huge drama. There's conflict, yes, and Schroeder touches on many issues, but without ever going overboard. His Work Of Art is perfect for kicking back and relaxing with, with just enough uncertainty to keep things humming without moving into tissue territory.
Kudos to Schroeder for a story that's fun and addresses real life issues without getting out a soap box. Now I'm off to see what other hot nerds I can get my hands on.
Reese Carter is definitely not your average college girl. She'd prefer to spend Saturday nights playing Hero's Crusade than attending a wild frat party on campus. When she bands together with Adam, fellow comic enthusiast and illustrator, it appears that Reese has formed a dream team sure to propel her writing into the comic hall of fame.
Adam Hayes has never met a girl like Reese. She's sassy, smart, and loves talking comics, although he can't see why she'd choose DC over Marvel. He's thrilled to finally put his artistic chops to use in their upcoming comic project. But. this relationship is strictly professional. Or so he tells himself. When the two combine forces, they churn out magic in more ways than they had planned; they never expected to develop a steamy romantic sub-plot of their own...