I picked up a graphic novel called PAGE BY PAIGE at the Baltimore Comic Convention a few weeks ago, and I finally had a chance to read it while on vacation last week. It’s a coming of age story written and illustrated by Laura Lee Gulledge. The artwork is whimsical and fun, and the layouts are beautiful. It was the story, however, that caused me to drop the $10 for the trade paperback.
PAGE BY PAIGE is the story of Paige Turner, a shy redhead with a Jane Eyre complex who moves from the Virginia countryside to New York City. Paige is a talented artist, and when she arrives in her new hometown, she purchases a sketch book and attempts to use it as a means to overcome her fears and weaknesses. Along the way she is adopted by a group of artsy friends who embrace Paige’s efforts to come out of her shell. She also has to work through some issues with her parents–your typical teenager/parent disconnect, but this was handled in a pleasing manner.
This book would have fit well into DC’s old Minx imprint, but alas, that endeavor is long gone. I think this would appeal quite a bit to the female audience, but even as a male, I enjoyed it. The conflicts are all internal, and the story is sweet, but not syrupy. I hope to see some more comics work from Laura Lee in the future. She has a unique talent and a great eye for layout.