Anda loves Coarsegold Online. The massively-multiplayer role playing game is a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, and a hero. But things become a lot more complicated when Anda befriends a gold farmer - a poor Chinese kid whose job is to collect valuable objects and sell them to other players for real money. This behaviour is strictly against the rules in Coarsegold, but Anda soon comes to realize that questions of right and wrong are a lot less straightforward when a real person's real livelihood is at stake. From acclaimed teen author and digerati mogul Cory Doctorow and rising star cartoonist Jen Wang, In Real Life is a sensitive, thoughtful look at adolescence, gaming, poverty, and culture clash.
If you are interested in Geek Anthropology through comics, In Real Life comes in handy. It tells the story of a gamer teenager girl who, in growing up with games, discovers another reality for young people like her who aren't as lucky as she is. While she might be playing online games for fun, or even do things because other gamers pay her to do so, some others work for a living playing games. In Real Life is a treasure graphic novel that will enchant you. It puts on the table several questions about the world of online games and teenage girls. It's a treasure with many layers. A masterpiece! I found it by chance fooling around the local comic book store. [Yes, I sometimes go just to take a look at what's new, and I might spend a long time just fooling around. Sometimes I find treasures like this one.] I started reading a bit while in the store, and after a few pages I needed to own it. This is a comic book to explore teenage girls who enter into the gaming world, how they act, what they feel, what are their challenges, who are their role models, and what might be happening in real life. Continue reading.