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Michael Cho has become a much sought-after artist, creating variant covers for Marvel and DC Comics, and contributing to Madman, Fear Agent and AdHouse’s ambitious Project anthologies. But in all that time, he’s never done a comic of his own. But now Cho has announced that Pantheon Books will publish his debut graphic novel in September, Shoplifter.
In a press release, the publisher describes Shoplifter‘s story as a “young woman’s search for happiness and self-fulfillment in the big city.”
Shoplifter centers on Corinna Park, a recent college graduate who enters adulthood full of life and with an ambition to become a novelist, but the weight of student loans forces her down a different path. Instead of prose, she writes ad copy, and time whizzes by before she notices five years have passed. Looking for true happiness, or at least a way out, on a lark Corinna shoplifts a magazine from her corner store and finds a new sense of excitement — the kind she’d been searching for for years.
Cho says that this 96-page graphic novel will be printed with two-color illustrations; he’ll release more preview art as the release date approaches. In the meantime, here is a full look at the cover, as well as some notable illustrations from Cho’s past.