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
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ReleaseJan 1st, 1970
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GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Fiction, Graphic Novels Comics, Realistic Fiction, Slice Of Life

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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  • 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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  • Comics Alternative
    January 1, 1970
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