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"Skim" is Kimberly Keiko Cameron, a not-slim, would-be Wiccan goth who goes to a private girls' school in the early '90s. When her classmate Katie Matthews is dumped by her boyfriend, who then kills himself possibly because he's (maybe) gay the entire school goes into mourning overdrive. It's a weird time to fall in love, but that's what happens to Skim when she starts meeting secretly with her neo-hippie English teacher, Ms. Archer. But then Ms. Archer abruptly leaves the school, and Skim has to cope with her confusion and isolation while her best friend, Lisa, tries to pull her into "real" life by setting up a hilarious double-date for the school's semi formal. Suicide, depression, love, homosexuality, crushes, cliques of popular, manipulative peers the whole gamut of teen life is explored in this poignant glimpse into the heartache of being 16.
About the Author
Mariko Tamaki is a Canadian writer and performer. In addition to her celebrated graphic novel "Skim", co-created with Jillian Tamaki, she has also published several works of prose fiction, including the young adult novel "(You) Set Me on Fire". Mariko's short film, "Happy 16th Birthday Kevin", premiered at the Inside Out Festival in Toronto in May 2013.
Jillian Tamaki is a Canadian illustrator and comics artist living in Brooklyn, New York. She is the creator of two books of personal works (including "Skim", with Mariko Tamaki) and the ongoing webcomic, "SuperMutant Magic Academy".