Young Frances
After insomniac law clerk Frances Scarland is recruited by her firm's most notorious senior partner, she seems poised for serious advancement — whether she wants it or not. But when her impulsive best friend Vickie decides to move to the opposite coast for an acting role, Frances' confusing existence starts to implode…Hartley Lin has created comics under the pen name Ethan Rilly (an anagram of his real name) for roughly 10 years, winning several awards along the way. With his first major collection, Young Frances, he officially retires the alias.His acclaimed series Pope Hats has received a Doug Wright Award, Ignatz Award and Joe Shuster Award, as well as nominations for the Eisner Award. (From Adhouse Books)

Young Frances Details

TitleYoung Frances
Author
ReleaseJan 1st, 1970
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Contemporary, Fiction, Adult

Young Frances Review

  • Derek Royal
    January 1, 1970
    This work collects issues #2, #3, and #5 of Pope Hats, a series that I've been reading for some time. I hadn't yet read issue #5, which came out last fall, so I'm glad that this text came out so close on the heels of that last issue. The story of Frances and Vicki reads even better together in one volume, giving the book a novelistic feel. You could call this a realistic or slice-of-life comic, but a better way of describing it -- as we have been doing on The Comics Alternative -- is as verite d This work collects issues #2, #3, and #5 of Pope Hats, a series that I've been reading for some time. I hadn't yet read issue #5, which came out last fall, so I'm glad that this text came out so close on the heels of that last issue. The story of Frances and Vicki reads even better together in one volume, giving the book a novelistic feel. You could call this a realistic or slice-of-life comic, but a better way of describing it -- as we have been doing on The Comics Alternative -- is as verite dessinée, or drawn truth. (And thanks to my buddy Gene Kannenberg, Jr for coining that term.) In this sense, Lin's comics remind me of what Jaime Hernandez does with his Maggie and Hopey stories, or of the kind of comics storytelling you'll find with Adrian Tomine, Alex Robinson, and Pat Palermo. But by listing these creators as stylistic examples I don't want to suggest that Lin's Frances and Vicki stories are derivative in any way. It's unique storytelling at its best, and another one of my favorites so far for 2018.
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  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    I would never want to work in a law firm in ANY capacity but if hell ever freezes over and I find myself doing just that I'd want to be just like Frances, the immensely capable if somewhat lost law clerk and a multibillion dollar law firm where your coworkers see more of you than your family does and today's bonus can turn into tomorrow's severance package in a heartbeat. Frances is a workaholic who happens to be very good at what she does but she just doesn't know if what she does so well is wh I would never want to work in a law firm in ANY capacity but if hell ever freezes over and I find myself doing just that I'd want to be just like Frances, the immensely capable if somewhat lost law clerk and a multibillion dollar law firm where your coworkers see more of you than your family does and today's bonus can turn into tomorrow's severance package in a heartbeat. Frances is a workaholic who happens to be very good at what she does but she just doesn't know if what she does so well is what she should be doing. When not trying to grab a couple of hours of sleep between merger meetings and strategy sessions and hand delivering fruit salad to her bosses apartment she takes care of her best friend and roommate Vickie, an actress who's devil may care attitude and chronic partying are ironically the most stable part of Frances' life.When Vickie gets an amazing opportunity across the country Frances finds herself all alone and aimless even while her bosses plan out her career track for the rest of her life. Is she trapped in a life that can never give her the happiness or is this what happiness is?It sounds insulting to say this is deep for a graphic novel but I don't mean to be insulting. This is one of those perfect blends of art and story where you have to have both to really feel like you're a part of whats happening. If its possibly to draw a person who is both frantic and somehow simultaneously letting life pass them by Hartley Lin manages it. Frances is like the living embodiment of "hurry up and slow down!" Though Lin's drawings are very simple with emotions expressed through the tiniest laugh lines and forehead wrinkles and his settings are almost entirely the colorless landscape of a NYC cube farm he still manages to convey so much passion and life in this world. This is a book about a woman trying to figure herself out so it might not be the most exciting story in the world but its an incredibly relatable one. We've all been here, wondering if the thing we're good at is the thing we're meant to do or if there's greener grass somewhere else. Thinking our friends have it all figured out and we're the only one who doesn't know what the hell is going on. Realizing that the person we thought we were taking care of was taking care of us too.I really, really hope I see more of Frances.
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  • Maggie Gordon
    January 1, 1970
    Young Frances is a story about growing up and figuring out that adulthood isn't really quite the array of adventure and amazement one might expect, even when we achieve our dreams. But despite that opening line, this isn't a depressing work. It's about a law clerk and an actress who are best friends, but having to change a lot of things in their lives as they grow older. It's a simple, subtle, and sometimes strange tale that really spoke to me, also in my 30s and trying to figure out adulthood f Young Frances is a story about growing up and figuring out that adulthood isn't really quite the array of adventure and amazement one might expect, even when we achieve our dreams. But despite that opening line, this isn't a depressing work. It's about a law clerk and an actress who are best friends, but having to change a lot of things in their lives as they grow older. It's a simple, subtle, and sometimes strange tale that really spoke to me, also in my 30s and trying to figure out adulthood from an adult perspective.
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  • Rod Brown
    January 1, 1970
    Frances is nice. Which is not usually an attribute that will get you far in a large cut-throat New York law firm, but, hey, this is a fairy tale of sorts so anything goes. Though she struggles with insomnia, anxiety and loneliness every evening, Frances is a plugger, facing each new day with energy, intelligence and optimism. Just as her mentor vaguely resembles Daddy Warbucks, Frances is an Annie whose pluck makes you want to root for her.
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  • Ignacio
    January 1, 1970
    Esta historia sobre la aceptación de lo que viene con una vida profesional exigente funciona en la medida que se compren las bases sobre las cuales se sostiene: tus aspiraciones laborales pueden verse satisfechas, no es necesario sacrificar en el altar del trabajo la faceta personal, tu vida puede ser como una dramedia televisiva... Con mis tragaderas habituales lo acepto aunque se me queda un poco en tierra de nadie. Sobre todo porque la parte del estrés profesional dentro de un bufete de aboga Esta historia sobre la aceptación de lo que viene con una vida profesional exigente funciona en la medida que se compren las bases sobre las cuales se sostiene: tus aspiraciones laborales pueden verse satisfechas, no es necesario sacrificar en el altar del trabajo la faceta personal, tu vida puede ser como una dramedia televisiva... Con mis tragaderas habituales lo acepto aunque se me queda un poco en tierra de nadie. Sobre todo porque la parte del estrés profesional dentro de un bufete de abogados top, la mitad del tebeo, es cianuro para mi atención. Me interesa más la faceta humana, ese retrato tan comedido de un adicto al trabajo, pero con una contención que transmite unas gotas de frialdad. Se lleva bien porque Lin apunta maneras en el dibujo.
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  • Mark
    January 1, 1970
    Not bad coming of age story about a young woman who is working as a paralegal with no real ambitions to move up the ladder in the firm she's working in but discovering she's highly valued by management, who is looking to boost her career. The drama comes from her best friend moving out to be an actress for a big TV show, leaving Frances with no one to talk to and wondering if she's fulfilled in life and what she really wants. Not a lot a stake, exactly, but good storytelling with very smart obse Not bad coming of age story about a young woman who is working as a paralegal with no real ambitions to move up the ladder in the firm she's working in but discovering she's highly valued by management, who is looking to boost her career. The drama comes from her best friend moving out to be an actress for a big TV show, leaving Frances with no one to talk to and wondering if she's fulfilled in life and what she really wants. Not a lot a stake, exactly, but good storytelling with very smart observations about human behavior.
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  • Kristin
    January 1, 1970
    Had potential, but overall this felt too much like every other story out there about trying to find your purpose in your early adult years. I think I’m too old for this shit. Garden State, Woody Allen, Reality Bites, Frances Ha... I wish people would stop whining and shit or get off the pot. There’s some great work out there about career uncertainty or even just uncertainty in general, but this was kind of an also ran in the genre that ended abruptly at that.
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  • Amyleigh
    January 1, 1970
    This comic was light but very engaging. Lin's line work - the detail of the everydayness of the city, the office, the apartment of the 20 something-ish woman, is impressive. Frances's narrative of work, self-doubt, and trying to find her place in the city, reminded me of how exciting yet terrifying it feels to dive fully into your dreams.
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    I admired Young Frances -- the artwork is brilliant, the storytelling crisp, sensitive, & nuanced -- but I did not enjoy it. Sometimes a book can so evocative of real life that reading it is uncomfortable.
  • Peacegal
    January 1, 1970
    Usually I enjoy getting a perspective on a life that is different from mine, but I guess this life is just so different that I closed the book just feeling confused. I couldn't relate to or even empathize with the characters.
  • Mike
    January 1, 1970
    Maybe expectations were too high, but this just didn't resonate with me. The artwork is great, but I couldn't stop trying to figure out who it reminded me of (maybe Herge? I couldn't figure it out). The story was a little too focused on the work environment and not on the characters for my liking.
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    Really liked this. Super relatable and the art was really clean and nice.
  • Cassie Gutman (happybooklovers)
    January 1, 1970
    Decent depiction of wondering how life and work intersect, but not really anything that floored me.
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    January 1, 1970
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  • Nell
    January 1, 1970
    I ended up skimming the last 30 pages or so because I lost interest... \_(ツ)_/ I ended up skimming the last 30 pages or so because I lost interest... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    #sorrynotsorry abt running through the six, with her woes.
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