Dramacon Vol. 2: A Graphic Novel/Comic Book (Chick Lit Wednesday) Review

Dramacon Vol. 2 by Svetlana ChmakovaHaving already conquered her first ever anime comic convention, Christie is ready to take her second Yatta Anime Convention by storm in Dramacon Vol. 2 (2006) by Svetlana Chmakova. Christie is also ready to show her new artist/partner-in-crime Bethany the ropes at the con. What Christie isn’t ready for is to find Matt, the mysterious cosplayer that rocked her world in Volume 1, back at the con–with his girlfriend!

Will these star-crossed not-quite-lovers ever connect? Will Chriss and Bethany’s comic ever get the respect it deserves? Will Bethany be able to reconcile her love of art with her mother’s staunch disapproval? Find the answers to those questions and more in Dramacon Vol. 2!

It’s hard to explain how much I love this series without sounding ridiculous. But I do. Dramacon is one of those things that just makes you feel good. It’s charming and sweet and exhuberant in a way that is zany and, really, perfect.

It was also interesting to read about Chriss and Bethany’s difficulties in the face of manga snobs who claim that “real” manga has to be written by someone who is Japanese. Even after researching graphic novels and comics for a school paper, I didn’t know that. Snobbery aside, Dramacon is about as real manga as you can get and it is awesome.

That’s all I’m going to say about this book as a manga because I think my review of Volume 1 covered my opinion of calling manga junk food (hint: it’s ridiculous). I will grant that this book might be a bit of escapism. But who doesn’t need that now and then?

What I liked especially in this story is that Chriss and Beth are both willing to walk away from their dreams to do what seems best in the long run. (It was heart-wrenching seeing Chriss watching Matt and his girlfriend. It was even more heart-wrenching seeing her walk away from him–again!) These are not, perhaps, the best choices or the easiest ones. But they are very real and I liked finding that bit of reality in a comic. That said, this volume obvious totally leaves readers hanging desperate to see if everything works out for the best in the final volume of the series.

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