Smile [book, comic]

Smile [book, comic]

I LOVE HOW FOCUSED THIS WAS, IT'S A STORY ABOUT A SIX GRADER WHO GOT THEIR TEETH SMASHED IN AND THEM GOING THROUGH A BUNCH OF RECONSTRUCTIVE ORTHODONTICS FOR THE NEXT 5 YEARS. AND LIKE, STUFF KEEPS HAPPENING YOU THINK MIGHT BE THE STORY OF THE THING LIKE THERE BEING AN EARTHQUAKE OR STUFF WITH THEM LIKING A BOY BUT NOPE, EVERYTHING ALWAYS RESOLVES OFF PANEL SO THEY CAN GET BACK TO TALKING ABOUT HER GETTING BRACES, THE TEETH FUSING TO THE BONE SO THEY ARE TOO SHORT, HER GETTING THEM REMOVED AND HAVING DENTURES IN GRADE SCHOOL THEN THEM PULLING HER SIDE TEETH INTO FRONT TEETH AND CAPPING THEM TO LOOK LIKE FRONT TEETH. IT'S SO WEIRD, LIKE IT'S A BOOK THAT SHOULD BE AT A DENTIST OFFICE BUT LIKE, AT LEAST IT WAS ABOUT SOMETHING DIFFERENT THAN EVERY OTHER YOUNG ADULT GRAPHIC NOVEL.

PS. ALSO IT WAS SET IN THE LATE 80S AND HAD ULTRA AUTHENTIC NES EXPERIENCE. LIKE THE GAME SHE GOT ON THE WAY HOME FROM THE DENTIST THE FIRST TIME WAS WIZARDS AND WARRIORS WITH OTHER CHOICES BEING DUCKTALES AND CALIFORNIA GAMES AND YOU COULD SEE TEENY TINY IN THE DRAWING OF THE TV THAT THE GAME SHE WAS PLAYING TO FEEL BETTER WHEN THE TEETH HAD TO GET PULLED WAS THE OPENING SCREEN OF MARIO 2 AND THEN LATER WHEN SHE FELT BETTER IT WAS THAT PART IN THE END OF MARIO 2 WHERE ALL THE ANGEL BABY THINGS ARE IN A CIRCLE COMING OUT OF THE POT.

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