Intern Grace’s Team Pick:
Written by the charming but twisted Joey Comeau of A Softer World and illustrated endearingly by Jess Fink, “We Are Become Pals!” is a story about two teenaged girls who have a healthy, intense friendship with each other. It’s not The Baby-Sitters Club; it’s a story about two people who aren’t afraid to be eccentric and creative together.
That’s what friendship is really about, I think: finding someone who you can trust and confide in but also relentlessly make fun of and do stupid things with. Helen and Jane remind me a lot of some of my friends, which I think should concern me, but it actually makes me really happy.
This series is beautiful because it’s simple. The girls are complete weirdos, and it’s great. They don’t worry about boys, they don’t worry about fitting in, and they don’t worry about what other people say about them. They just do what makes them happy, and if that means taking an impromptu hot air balloon ride at 5 a.m., then that’s what they do, damn it.
It’s hard to argue with the grandeur of lines like, “Please treat my friend the way you would treat someone with a regular-sized head.” Also, chapter 5 might be in my top five things I’ve ever read. Possibly even my top three.