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Comics & Graphic Novels Contemporary Women

Kim: A Novel Idea

by (author) Frankie Barnet

Metatron Press
Initial publish date
Jun 2022
Contemporary Women, Literary
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jun 2022
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 16 to 18
  • Grade: 11 to 12


Kim: A Novel Idea is a graphic literary novel about a lonely millennial named Frankie, her boyfriend Jacob, their talking cat Catman, and an unhealthy obsession with Kim Kardashian. Faced with the difficulties of her life—her boyfriend’s grief, her fear of failure, her sexual past, her millennial malaise—scrolling through photos of an uber-celebrity is the only way Frankie knows how to cope through escape. Kim: A Novel Idea gives us insight into the downfalls of contemporary living while asking: are digital identities the cure, or the poison to waking life?

Kim: A Novel Idea is hilarious in the sense that it's brutally honest; real in the sense that it's relatable.  Exploring politics—personal, political, social—to comment on university writing programs, intergenerational wealth, fame, #MeToo, love, and our multiple selves, there is something lovable about Frankie’s insufferable attitude towards life; something deeply relatable about her self-doubt in convincing herself she's “never going to make anything of my goddamn, pathetic life." Why? Because, like us, Frankie is stuck in a capitalist cycle of celebrity marketing rings that target young women’s insecurities about their bodies and accomplishments.

About the author

Contributor Notes

FRANKIE BARNET is a Montreal-based writer and the author of An Indoor Kind of Girl (Metatron, 2016), which has been translated and published in French (Les éditions de ta mère) and Spanish (Paloma Ediciones) and had a story from it included in Best Canadian Stories anthology (Biblioasis, 2017). Her work has appeared in Peach Mag, Joyland, PRISM International, The Vault (With/Out Pretend), plasma dolphin, and Papirmasse. She is a graduate of the Creative Writing program at Concordia University, and recently received her Masters of Fine Arts (Fiction) from Syracuse University. Kim: A Novel Idea is her first graphic novel.

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