The GeeksverseNEWS | Oni Press announces A Boy and a Girl by Rich and Nourigat

NEWS | Oni Press announces A Boy and a Girl by Rich and Nourigat
Published on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 by
Full-length science-fiction/romance graphic novel by writer Jamie S. Rich (It Girl and the Atomics, Spell Checkers) and artist Natalie Nourigat (Between Gears, It Girl and the Atomics) slated for a December 11 release.

From the press release:

A_Boy_and_a_Girl_coverPortland, OR (October 29, 2013) – December 11, Oni Press is proud to be releasing the full-length graphic novel A Boy and a Girl, a collaboration between writer Jamie S. Rich (12 Reasons Why I Love Her) and Natalie Nourigat (Between Gears). A romance set in a not-to-distant future, A Boy and a Girl is a story about what it means to be human, fall in love, and all the inherent complications that arise from both.

“The comic was a true collaboration in that we built the story together,” Nourigat explained. “Jamie asked me what kind of stuff I wanted to draw, and what kind of characters I’d like to tell a story about, and we basically went from there.”

The story that emerged was one of Travis and Charley, two people in their early twenties trying to survive in a world where robot servants and flying cars are commonplace. The wealthy live in ever-taller skyscrapers, and the common citizens go about their days far below.

“That post-collegiate coming-of-age feeling of not being sure you’ve chosen the right path is fairly universal,” Rich said, “and it doesn’t necessarily go away, even as you get older. Natalie and I were both sick of slacker characters, young people being shown as not doing anything because they have no ambition. We thought it would be far more interesting to show characters who really want to do something and are on the cusp of life, even if they aren’t sure what is going to happen next.”

Thus, Travis was cast as a college student whose major in “digital ethics” is leaving him a degree with very little practical application, whereas Charley has signed up for a government program that will soon send her to parts unknown. They meet on what is essentially her last 24 hours in town, and they are determined to make the most of it.

“It was important to both of us that Charley be a confident, self-assured woman,” Natalie said, “and that she not be the antidote to Travis’ confusion. They share a common goal, when it all comes down to it. Which is probably why they fall in love with each other. And why they can have fun together. First and foremost, A Boy and a Girl is a fun comic book. We wanted you to read it and have a good time, the rest is just bonus content.”

Advance praise for the book has been strong. SF Weekly included it in their fall graphic novel round-up with books by the likes of Art Spiegelman and Jim Steranko, calling A Boy and a Girl “a completely disarming take on the world’s oldest storytelling trope.”

A Boy and a Girl has 160 pages of story and art, printed in black-and-white with a special blue ink for tones, and it retails for $19.99.

Diamond™ Order Code: JUL131213

ISBN: 978-1-62010-089-9

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