Bad Friends

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6.0 X 0.5 X 8.2 inches | 0.7 pounds
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About the Author

Ancco began publishing diary comics in 2002 to quick acclaim, capturing an audience with the immediacy and honesty of her cartooning. Rooted in her lived experience, Ancco's works of fiction share these strengths, bringing an authentic and genuine voice to a generation of Korean youth. The original edition of her most recent graphic novel, Bad Friends, won the Korean Comics Today Prize, and the French translation (which was her second book to be translated into French) won the Prix Révélation at the Angoulême International Comics Festival in 2016, a prize awarded to stand-out work from young cartoonists. Ancco was born in 1983 just outside of Seoul, Korea, in Seongnam.


"Bad Friends is an electrifying ode to the grit of adolescence and the way it gets trapped beneath your adult skin, grinding away at you decades after you've made your escape. A master renderer of aches and darknesses and bright, hot yearnings, Ancco explores friendship and intimacy in a way that make both feel bracingly new, and piercingly familiar. You'll find a piece of yourself in this book."--Alexandra Kleeman, author of You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine

"Ancco's Bad Friends is the unforgettable story of a lost, pivotal friendship. I read it in a single sitting, thrilled by its power, ingenuity, and grace. I love this book."--R.O. Kwon, author of The Incendiaries

"Stunning in its stark look at child abuse, and empathy for its characters, Ancco's artfully told story grabs the reader's attention and never lets go."--Publishers Weekly Starred Review

"[Bad Friends] is a discovery... Don't miss this unique work."--PEN America

"[Bad Friends] offers the tender revelation that telling someone else' s story is a form of recuperation and undoing; one that is especially profound in a world that still refuses to see women... These stories liberate us to be what we are: friends, artists, monsters, mothers, human beings."--Thea Lim, The Globe & Mail

"One quality of strong storytelling, sometimes, is making the reader think "This could have been me". That's what Bad Friends is all about."--Toronto Star