Series: Model #1
Published: 2004 by TokyoPop
Genres: Graphic Novels
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I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump since this spring. Between moving, losing my grandfather, general work stress, and living in the DC area during this political climate, I just haven’t felt the same energy or enthusiasm about books as I usually do. So when I was at an anime convention digging around at the Cheap Manga booth, I really didn’t think I’d stumble on something that would excite me. Then I discovered Model.
Model by Lee So-Young is a Korean manga series about vampires. The protagonist, Jae, is your stereotypical passionate artist who is studying in Europe to find inspiration. One night Jae’s friend is out at the bar and brings home this dude who is passed out drunk. She wants to get rid of him, so she dumps him on Jae’s doorstep and asks if she could watch over him till he sobers up. It just so happens that drunk dude is an immortal blood-sucking vampire named Michael. Jae is inspired by Michael’s good looks. Michael likes the taste of Jae’s blood. And so the two strike up a bargain–Jae gets to be the first person to paint Michael since before he became a vampire. While she does that, Michael gets to drink her blood (but not too much, of course).
Model is definitely trashy fluffy fun reading. It’s not something you have to think too hard about. The story is engaging and fast-paced. It isn’t very deep, but it’s pretty entertaining. The art style has goth vibes. All of the characters are exaggerated and over-the-top. It’s ridiculous, but in just the right way to make you want to read more of it and see what happens next. It’s kind of like a soap opera, but in comic book form.