Barry Lyga continues to surprise this old jaded reader. He did it with THE ADVENTURES OF FAN BOY AND GOTH GIRL, BOY TOY, ARCHVILLIAN and HERO TYPE. His latest offering, MANGA MAN (Houghton Mifflin, November 2011) centers on what happens when Ryoko, a manga character somehow gets pulled through a rip into our world. Here he meets the lovely and different Marissa. Ryoko and Marissa, of course, fall in love. However, how is love between a manga character and an eartly girl supposed to survive? <303>
Witty (actually snortingly funny in places) and clever, this book plays off all of the stereotypes of manga and uses them to poke fun at itself. Self-deprecating much? I love the over-the-top plotting and the fact that the humor is not just text based but shows up in the illustrations (by Colleen Doran) as well. I cannot wait to share this one with my colleagues.