Who better to write and design a graphic novel about the real-world economics of online gaming than Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang? This quick read is a gem of teenage idealism, excellent artwork, and the impact that playing around and communicating with people in other cultures has both online and offline. Anda, a stereotypically chubby girl gamer, gets invited to join a MMORPG (Massive Multiplayer Online RolePlaying Game) and finds herself “killing” gold farmers (players who do basic, time consuming jobs for other players who pay actual money to avoid doing the drudgery themselves). She’s ruthless and successful until she gets involved in one farmer’s backstory and learns about real world economics, her effect on other people, and herself.
This graphic novel would be interesting for readers in 5th grade and up. Older readers who enjoyed Little Brother will be particularly interested.