The PLAIN Janes

The PLAIN Janes

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The Janes are back! For the very first time, the first two instalments of the cult classic graphic novel The Plain Janes--"The Plain Janes" and "Janes in Love"-are available bound up into one volume with a never-before-seen third story, "Janes Attack Back."

After getting caught in the midst of a terrorist attack on Metro City, artsy misfit Jane Beckles is forced to leave her beloved bustling metropolis for the boring suburb of Kent Waters. At first Jane thinks her life is over but then she finds where she belongs: at the reject table in the cafeteria, along with Brain Jayne, Theatre Jane and sporty Polly Jane. United by only two things - a shared name and an all-too-relateable frustration with the adults around them--the girls form P.L.A.I.N., aka People Loving Art In Neighbourhoods, a secret club dedicated to waking up their fellow citizens with guerrilla works of art scattered around town.

But for Main Jane, the resident new girl and ringleader of P.L.A.I.N., the group is more than just a simple act of teenage rebellion, it's an act of survival. She's determined not to let fear rule her life like it does her parents' and neighbours'. Armed with her sketchbook and a mission of resistance, she's out to prove that true passion and a group of good friends can save anyone from the hell that is high school.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 34mm | 860g
  • Little, Brown Young Readers
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0316522813
  • 9780316522816
  • 886,008

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"The story is filled with unforced insights about the role of art in our lives, and Jim Rugg's understated illustrations let these moments glimmer quietly on the page."--NPR's All Things Considered "Castellucci imparts an infectious, punky energy to her female leads, which Rugg renders with humor and nuance."--Washington Post "Castellucci (Boy Proof) and Rugg (co-creator of Street Angel) nimbly make their larger point-that fear is an indulgence we must give ourselves permission to overcome--without ever preaching..."--Publishers Weekly "An old-school John Hughes movie in comic-book form...you'll most likely find yourself wishing there were more after you turn the last page."--IGN.com "Fantastic!!!! #TeamPlainJANES forever!"--Jennifer & Matthew Holm, creators of the Babymouse series Praise for The Plain JANES
"Plain JANES brought me back to High School in the best way. It reminded me of the power of that time; the friendships, the growth, and the consequences. Cecil and Jim are clearly a powerful duo, and the work they've created is startlingly relevant to the world today."--Tillie Walden, Eisner Award winning author of Spinning and On a Sunbeam
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About Cecil Castellucci

Cecil Castellucci is the author of books and graphic novels for young adults including Boy Proof, The Plain Janes, Soupy Leaves Home, The Year of the Beasts, Tin Star, Don't Cosplay With My Heart and the Eisner nominated Odd Duck. In 2015 she co-authored Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure. She is currently writing Shade, The Changing Girl, an ongoing comic on Gerard Way's Young Animal imprint at DC Comics. Her short stories and short comics have been published in Strange Horizons, Tor.com, Womanthology, Star Trek: Waypoint and Vertigo SFX: Slam! She is the Children's Correspondence Coordinator for The Rumpus, a two-time Macdowell Fellow, and the founding YA Editor at the LA Review of Books. She lives in Los Angeles.

Jim Rugg is a comic book artist, bookmaker, illustrator, and designer. His books include Street Angel, The Plain Janes, Afrodisiac, Notebook Drawings, Rambo 3.5 and Supermag. He is a recipient of both the Eisner and Ignatz Awards and he teaches visual storytelling at the School of Visual Arts and the Animation Workshop in Denmark. He lives and draws in Pittsburgh.
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