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After selling through the self-published run of Same Difference and Other Stories in just a few short months, Derek Kirk Kim proudly moves his debut collection to Top Shelf! Through a series of sensitive -- and often hilarious -- short stories, Kim deftly explores the not-so-average twenty-something's quarter-life crisis, romantic neurosis, and a refreshing slice of KoreanAfter selling through the self-published run of Same Difference and Other Stories in just a few short months, Derek Kirk Kim proudly moves his debut collection to Top Shelf! Through a series of sensitive -- and often hilarious -- short stories, Kim deftly explores the not-so-average twenty-something's quarter-life crisis, romantic neurosis, and a refreshing slice of Korean-American life....

Title : Same Difference and Other Stories
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ISBN : 9781891830570
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 139 Pages
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Same Difference and Other Stories Reviews

  • Kirsty
    2018-11-06 04:19

    The main story was sweet, but the extra ones at the end were pointless – largely just the author's rants and masterbatory pointlessness. Should have stuck with the main story!

  • Traci Haley
    2018-10-30 00:24

    The first story in this book was good, though a bit of a disappointment at the end, but the rest of the stories were just kind of "meh".

  • Anto Tilio
    2018-10-19 21:20

    Me tardé bastante en leerlo porque de colgada no le di bola cuando llegué a la mitad.Pero ahora que ya lo terminé puedo decir que me gustó mucho el debut del autor.La misma diferencia es la historia principal y la más larga, dos amigos coreanoamericanos filosofan sobre diversos temas y se cuentan historias personales. Éstas los terminan llevando a un viaje en el que descubren ese otro lado de sus historias, se enfrentan a ellas y descubren lo relacionadas que están en cierta forma. Las otras historias cortas que incluye el ejemplar son metafóricas, críticas y autobiográficas. Tienen mucho de cotidianas y te hacen acordar cosas de tu propia vida.

  • Tiamatty
    2018-11-10 21:39

    This was really, really good. All the stories were good. The bulk of the volume is Same Difference, about a 20-something guy who feels like his life is going nowhere and who's filled with guilt over how he treated a girl back in high school. So, the sort of thing that a lot of intelligent but unambitious people go through in their 20s, really. It's a story about that time of a person's life. It's also hilarious. The characters are realistic, and have realistic conversations, meaning they're often really stupid. But very funny. There's also some touches on what it's like to be Korean-American. The most blatant example is a guy assuming the main character speaks Chinese, but there's also a few conversations between the two main characters about the fact that one of them doesn't like Pho or raw Ramen.The other short stories are all good, too. One is about a high-school track student facing blatant racism from a coach. Another is about a guy going through a break-up with his long-distance girlfriend, and dealing with it with his friend. Another is a snapshot of a family drifting apart. It's very effective, capturing the experience really well, which makes it pretty tragic. There's also a series of one-page comics detailing the life of Oliver Pikk, which are hilarious. And there are also some really funny autobiographical comics.As a whole, the book is excellent. Kim's a talented writer and artist. I laughed a lot, and he also made me think a lot. The art's nice. A good indie style. Cartoonish in a pleasant way, and nicely expressive. Very solid work.

  • Shanu
    2018-11-12 22:30

    This was more of a coming of age story more than a reflection on the double Asian/american heritage some people have as i expected. This story can only please hard core comics fan who might see magic where i only see flatness. - underwhelming ending- feeling of an unfinished story (vignette style)- nerdy, embarrassing, disgustingly real characters- bunch of pointless and humorless side short stories.Would not recommend.

  • Kristin El
    2018-10-20 04:29

    Love, love, loved the title story "Same Difference" which reminded me of a This American Life story. The rest of the comics are very short and not at all similar in theme or storytelling.

  • Kelly
    2018-11-12 05:19

    Mixed bag. A few gems, but also a few more masturbation jokes than seemed really necessary.

  • Sharon
    2018-10-20 21:24

    The title story is a slice of life comic that's amazingly immersive. It's strange and not too eventful, but the characters are so vivid and the dialogue is completely believable. Some of the other comics are pretty good too, including some sad and snarky autobio comics. I appreciate that the book is full of Asian American characters who live in the Bay Area.

  • John
    2018-11-05 01:38

    I've thoroughly enjoyed everything I've read by Derek Kirk Kim and this book was no exception. This is a collection of semi and fully autobiographical short stories about high school, life, being alone and being Korean and being an artist. Kim straddles the line between oversharing indulgence and humorous self-deprecation. He's also an amazing and versatile artist and writer.

  • Amy
    2018-10-26 03:19

    As with most short story collections, they're hit and miss, but when they're miss at least they end quickly and when they're hit, they remind me how wonderful it is to catch a snapshot of someone else's existence in the form of a well-told story.

  • Naia
    2018-11-15 03:23

    Creo que lo que menos me ha gustado es la poca cohesión entre las historias, pero cada una en su individualidad, son una maravilla.

  • Nicole
    2018-10-20 00:19

    The first story I enjoyed the most, though there were moments of eh mainly because that joke or statement was something I didn't think was funny or related to. But those moments weren't many that by the end, I thought Same Difference was a great story. The rest of the stories in the book kind of do the same thing. It's funny, I laugh. It's supposed to be funny but I don't laugh. It's something that I can't relate to or agree with. And mainly, it's stories that I am beyond. Meaning if I would've read these stories when I was in my teens perhapes or early twenties to mid twenties, I may have reacted differently to them. But I didn't it, I read these stories now when I'm 28 and don't have the humor or shock or understanding for certain topics or emotional issues. However I think part of that isn't because of my age but because Kim writes from the perspective of first person narrator, so everything is personal, everything is in the moment, almost like mini diary entries. However where those stories come up empty handed is he goes from making a general theme or topic to digging in deeper and then stops. The stories that appear to me diariesque aren't pushed as far as they could be or should be. Not all the stories are like this, some stories hit that mark and other stories are not this personal narrative. But all the stories are heavy in topic or theme or concept and some of those concepts need to have been dug deeper, I believe, to make something stronger or more powerful. So that I was a 28 year old or as a 21 year old or as a 16 year old could read these stories and say: YEA MAN. As oppose to, wow that was a very insightful moment or have random laugh out moments. Overall Kim is a talented writer, and I would definitely take a look at other stories he's written. And Same Difference was such a good story that it made up for the ones that didn't reach their full potential.

  • Lee
    2018-11-06 03:39

    Books should, as well as having an emotional connection, i believe take you to certain places that don't necassarily exist. The Story Same Difference makes me think of warm summer days-not too hot-and the absense of too much noise. The story is sparse, but is pure story. You spend an afternoon with two characters acting like friends do. They rib each other, tease each other, comfort and challenge one another. The dialogue is smooth and life like and in parts actually out load funny. I'm a fan of comic books in general (i hate the term graphic novel. A name created to make it cool for adults to read picture books essentially.) Well i like books with pictures in them, whether they're for my supposed age group or not (Varmints by Helen Ward is a goergous book)As much as i love Batman and the like (though i haven't purchased a Batman comic since the Hush story), it's the Capeless ones that i adore the most. Strangers in Paradise, Y: The Last Man, Blacksad, Blankets, Private Beach to name a few. Derek Kirk Kim deserves more books of his to be out here. But we don't get what we deserve do we. If we did, people would be on this site reviewing my books.

  • Dani Shuping
    2018-11-06 23:36

    Cross posted from AmazonDerek Kirk Kim is not only a pretty fantastic artist, but also a great writer as well. The bulk of the book is one story, "Same Difference." In the story we meet a group of friends discussing where they are in life and when one of them sees an old friend from High School, two of the friends set out on a journey back to home. Along the way they meet back up with old friends from High School and attempt to right a couple of wrongs. Strangely autobiographical, but brilliantly told and illustrated, Derek shows a brief glimpse of life with this story. Other stories included are often short, one or two pages, that seem to illustrate aspects of Derek's life. Sometimes amusing, sometimes a bit...graphic, but always insightful. Derek's artwork has matured over the years to where his current style, while stylized in some ways, accurately captures the many nuances of the human face.This edition is out of print, but good news fans! They've got a new edition coming out this December.

  • Kapila
    2018-11-12 02:36

    You know, I really wanted to like the entirety of this book. DANG there were some funny moments. And I absolutely loved the title story; I wished it could have developed more. I loved the fact that I was reading about Korean-American characters. The book's characters and stories really force the reader to invest emotionally, not surprisingly because at least one story is autobiographical in nature, but also because DKK, as author and illustrator, makes sure of it! DKK demonstrates a variety of illustrative styles in this book - another surprise I didn't expect, though a pleasant one. I think this was one of DKK's first paper-published works, and so that perhaps explains the "raw" feel of some of these stories. They don't feel vacuous or at all incomplete...just...very wistful and perhaps a little bit sad and DANG were there some funny moments. I did want to buy this for Sharon's birthday, but perhaps I'll try American Born Chinese instead...

  • Hollowspine
    2018-11-09 02:16

    A collection of stories, featuring themes of awkwardness, the absurdity of American culture, coming-of-age, being different...being the same...and did I mention the awkwardness?Even though the stories often made me remember my own awkward moments and cringe in embarrassment, I really enjoyed reading each story. His writing was very insightful (just as in the Eternal Smile) and goes beyond storytelling to ask readers to question and to remember and to connect with the characters in his work. My favorite section, of course, was the autobio section, I could really sympathize with some parts, especially feeling as if "someone" was out to make everything go wrong and in Island, the question at the end is also one I might ask, being someone who prefers to be alone as well, is it that I like it or that I'm just trying to protect myself from pain by pretending I'm happier alone? I also do not know, I can't tell the difference.I will definitely look forward to reading more!

  • Carrie
    2018-10-21 03:18

    Although I enjoyed all the short stories, Same Differences was my favorite of the collection. Kim's realness, his awkward and painful reflection on his middle and high school years are not overly relatable, but still brings to mind so many cringe-worthy memories I'd rather not reflect on. And he lets you laugh alongside him and at yourself.

  • Ariel Caldwell
    2018-10-17 05:13

    Same Difference (the first story) was interesting, and I haven't read many like it - firstly, the non-romantic friendship between Nancy and Simon, secondly the premise: Nancy's been pretending to be the woman that a guy named Ben is writing letters to, and she wants to go see him (as in, spy a little). I liked it that the two characters are just a little bit out of high school, a little bit older - they provide an interesting look (for younger people) at what life might be like when they graduate. Nothing extraordinary, just keeping on. The other stories are equally interesting and quirky: racism in Hurdles, relationships in Pulling, government refusal to address environmental concerns in Interview with a Human. I have to admit, Oliver Pikk didn't do much for me, and the 3rd to last story, Shaft, is unfortunately too far beyond PG for me to be able to take this book with me to any of the youth programs I visit. Alas, because Same Difference would be so good to take!

  • Printable Tire
    2018-11-01 00:39

    Nerdy slacker meanderings, definitely a product of its time. Speaks to a young, lonely, nerdy, self-loathing, (though apparently not just white) male population I was apart of not so long ago. Kim has great comic book talents while (like far too many) not having much originality in what he has to say. Stories which would otherwise be tired and annoying cliches in prose form have a certain sparkle to them as cartoons, and if you are into auto-biographical comics, you know what you are in for (though the stories with the olive-bodied guy seemed more like a cry for help than anything else). Kim was young when this came out, and maybe he has improved over the years in vision as well as art. I did find it funny many many times.Unfortunately, two of the stories were ripped out of the library copy I had.

  • Heather
    2018-10-17 04:26

    3.5 starsAs I have stated in other reviews, I don’t read my graphic novels simply because I don’t feel they provide the full background story and I’m missing some details. I read this one to see if it is appropriate to hand out to teens for World Book Night. It is NOT, however the first story (86 pages) was hilarious. I laughed out loud three times in the first 20 pages, Seriously! And I also am not one that typically enjoys stupid humor. However, the other short stories (just a couple pages each) didn’t do much for me, which is why my star rating went down. Readers who enjoy graphic novels and stupid guy humor, will absolutely love this book.

  • Gretchen
    2018-11-06 01:14

    Jesus, this book fucking spoke to me. As a post-college graduate who's pretty sure (at this point), that I never want to get married, this book was so spot on and heartbreaking that it was ridiculous. Not that it's all about those ideas, but they feature prominently. Especially the idea of going back to your high school town and seeing people you know but don't really want to see. I'm not expressing this very well, so you should probably just read it. The main story, "Same Difference," was by far my favorite (and features a library staff member, hurrah!), but the other short stories at the end were also fantastic.

  • Joy
    2018-10-28 21:11

    Graphic novel short story collection. I enjoyed the opening story, "Same Difference"; it's by far the longest piece in the collection, taking up about half the book. It managed to portray Asian-American life without being obvious in the way that American Born Chinese often is. The remaining 12 pieces (none of which was more than 10 pages long) were pretty much disposable. Perhaps I'm too used to manga-style storytelling, but I was particularly annoyed by how text-heavy many of Kim's stories were. Most of the very short stories did predate "Same Difference," so I'm going to hope they're not representative of the work he's doing now.

  • George Marshall
    2018-10-16 21:41

    I found it pleasant to read, nicely involving, with some good moments. But I also found the art too mannered, the dialogue too laboured and the characters too self-conscious to be realistic. And I kept thinking of how well Adrian Tomine - the other prominent Korean American comics artist/writer - deals with exactly the same issues of young singles, love, rootlessness, finding an identity. In some ways its not fair to compare with Tomine, who is outstandingly talented and a superb artist, but looking at something truly good helps to keep this book in perspective.

  • Damien
    2018-10-31 01:18

    If the main characters weren't constantly referring to themselves as Korean, they could've been any number of the kinds of people I had known and hung out with since I was in high school. I really liked the primary story, although it had just a little too much in common with the subplot from another graphic novel. Some of the shorter stories were really good, others so-so. Whining about bad relationships is always annoying, unless you're Woody Allen, which Mr. Kim ain't... yet. I look forward to see his future works.

  • Chris
    2018-10-22 22:32

    This is a wonderful bit of a collection here. True, some of the shorts aren't the best, the titular graphic novella is well worth the read--especially if you're in the 25 to 30-year-old range, as it definitely brings up many things that seem to be relevant to that age group.Both humorous and heartbreaking, the storytelling/pacing is spot on, and the art supports everything quite well.Another fine book worth your time--especially as graphic novels take so little time to read. There's not excuse for you not to read this--unless of course, you can't get a hold of a copy of it.

  • Raina
    2018-11-12 00:11

    Most of this book is made up of one longish short story about two 20somethings stalking of a stalker (or something). LOVED that part. I can totally see the influence of Adrian Tomine (though he's not such a downer), and Alex Robinson (one of my fav gnists ever). The second part is a bunch of different short stories, including some memoir and travelogue, as well as some more wacky choices. Way fun, especially for a big fan, and especially since I saw him at the Oly library before teh Oly Comics Festival. SO good.

  • Phoebe
    2018-11-14 22:23

    This first book of collected stories shows its freshness but is worth the read. It's particularly interesting to have read it after reading Kim's two, more recently published Tune graphic novels. You can definitely see how Kim matures in both his illustrative style and story-building. The poop and sexual frustration jokes, however, remain. I forgive the frequency of them because Kim continues to exhibit a sensitivity towards the more complicated, emotional inner-lives of young men, and I appreciate the window into Korean-American's lives.

  • Jim
    2018-10-23 23:36

    first thing, the edition i read is from topshelf and has an english version of the spanish cover shown.there are some good stories in here but w/too much swearing and using God's names as curse words. the author/artist has too much of a fascination w/the human ass and bowel movements. the book wouldn't be worth fighting a parent over if it were in a h.s. library. which is sad because "same difference" is a really good story and his two page "valentine's day" story is almost worth the price of the book.

  • Thomas Andrikus
    2018-10-24 23:12

    Derek Kirk Kim has painted a painfully honest story in this graphic novel in what it means to become an Asian minority in the Caucasian-dominated USA.With the hilarious anecdotes inserted in the latter-half of the book in form of short stories (which surprisingly have different drawing styles), he could not have done it better.

  • Stephanie
    2018-10-20 00:29

    I can imagine a friend sitting down and telling me these stories. (a friend who tells really good stories, the kind you want to find out what happens.) The stories are about everyday life - an afternoon adventure, weeding the garden, remembering embarassing moments, etc. They're told by twenty-something characters who sometimes reflect on highschool experiences, so this would be appropriate for mature young adults as well as adults.