MEET FINNEY BLEAK
I did something I never thought I would do - I bought an original graphic novel from TokyoPop. I didn't buy your typical manga, though...I bought an OEL (Original English Language) - My Dead Girlfriend by Eric Wight. It's the story of Finney Bleak, whose claim to fame is that his family dies in interesting ways. His ancestors also stick around as ghosts and wake him up in the night with casino nights. His parents recently dies and are now ghosts as well. He gets in trouble at school with the Deadbeats, a group of kids who big bruiser is a Frankenstein monster and also feature a wolfboy and weird fish and so forth. The one bright spot is his life is a girl he meets at a carnival...but she stands him up when they're supposed to meet the next day. You can guess from the title what happened to her.
The story is very charming and fun and Wight's art is full of things I like - thick blacks and nice sharp angles and rounded corners. I liked it a lot and can't wait for volume 2!