In Real Life

In Real Life

Graphic Novel - 2014 | First edition
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"Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively multiplayer role-playing game where she spends most of her free time. It's a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, a hero. It's a place where she can meet people from all over the world and make friends. But things become a lot more complicated when Anda befriends a gold farmer--a poor Chinese kid whose avatar in the game illegally collects valuable objects and then sells them to players from developed countries with money to burn. This behavior is strictly against the rules in Coarsegold, but Anda soon comes to realize that questions of right and wrong are a lot less straightforward when a real person's real livelihood is at stake"--Front cover flap.
Publisher: New York : First Second, 2014
Edition: First edition
Branch Call Number: IN REAL LIFE PBK
Characteristics: xii, 175 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Wang, Jen - Author
ISBN: 9781596436589


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SkokieStaff May 30, 2017

Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massive multiplayer role-playing game where she spends most of her free time. Things become complicated when she befriends a gold farmer"”a poor Chinese kid whose avatar in the game illegally collects valuable objects and then sells them to players from deve... Read More »

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Jun 12, 2019

Online gaming, school, friendship, empathy - all of the things that get tested in the chaos of these days and times. This is a story beyond my own childhood of play-alone platformers, mechanical keyboards and CRT screens. I’m happy to see artists address online gaming in an approachable, warm way like this.

I loved the art of this tale; I loved that friendship supercedes boss-fight rivalry as life gets weird, fast. This is an easy story to become immersed in, and a quick one to finish. While the ending felt too simplistic and tidy to my jaded adult self, I remember that kids don’t need complicated messes of endings to absorb something good. Not at the age they play online these days, anyway. I recommend for younger people, obviously, but if you want lovely scenery and a human main character to briefly relate to without getting too bent out of shape about how realistic everything is or must be, have a look.

Feb 15, 2019

A provoking look at the ethical stakes and tensions of roleplay, gaming, and economics.

ArapahoeSarahD Jul 02, 2018

I love how this book showcased a character unlike any I've ever seen in Graphic Novels! This is one Nerd-Tastic story!

JessicaGma May 30, 2018

I adore the art here in this story about a multiplayer online game and how the experience is different depending on if you're in the West or the East. Other pluses are the girls playing games, and the learning about unions. A very good read.

GeeksInTheLibrary Oct 17, 2017

Anda makes a friend on her favorite massively multiplayer online role-playing game, and is confronted with a real world look at her clash of cultures between her poor, gold-farming friend and the affluent players.

Oct 13, 2017

Not sure what the plot message is but i guess i was reading instead of staring at a screen.

Aug 05, 2017

A fairly unrealistic look at MMORPG's but it's an interesting framing device that is simple enough for a children's graphic novel.

Jun 24, 2017

It was an alright graphic novel, the story was a little quick and the art was pretty good.

Apr 07, 2017

Amazing book that i recommend to anyone who is a fan of comics and video game related things! I love the art style and characters!

Dec 06, 2016

Absolutely brilliant. I love the message and the story. Wonderful read.

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Aug 05, 2017

ryankuang thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

Jun 18, 2016

RACHAEL BROWN thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

Dec 10, 2015

Joanna_nie thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 8


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Jun 18, 2016

Violence: Duh. It's an action-game book.

Jun 18, 2016

Coarse Language: There are a few swear words, but not too many to concern yourselves with.


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