An adventure unlike anything you've seen before, plunge into Kumiko's world.

This Wednesday, March 30th, First Second Books is set to release the original graphic novel SHADOW LIFE!

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. SHADOW LIFE effortlessly blends wry, slice-of-life literary fiction with magical Miyazaki-esque elements by Japanese Canadian author, Hiromi Goto (Chorus of Mushrooms, The Kappa Child, Half World), with art from celebrated Ignatz-nominated cartoonist and illustrator Ann Xu (Measuring Up).

Here’s a look at the cover, storyline and preview pages for
First Second Books’ new release on New Comic Book Day…


New Release for the week of March 30th, 2021



Writer: Hiromi Goto
Artist: Ann Xu

In Bookstores: March 30, 2021

When Kumiko’s well-meaning adult daughters place her in an assisted living home she gives it a try, but it just doesn’t feel right. She goes on the lam, setting up a cozy bachelor apartment, keeping the location secret even while communicating online with her eldest. Kumiko revels in the small, daily pleasures: decorating as she pleases, eating what she wants, and swimming in the community pool. But something has followed her from her former residence…

Kumiko’s sweet life is shattered when Death’s shadow swoops in to take her. With her quick mind and sense of humour, Kumiko, with the help of friends new and old, is prepared for the fight of her life. But how long can an old woman thwart fate?

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Advance Praise for Shadow Life

Quiet sensitivity and humor shine throughout, lighting the bright triumph in one woman’s twilight.”
– Publisher’s Weekly

The world of Kumiko is whimsical and beautiful, you’ll want to just relax and soak it in.
– Soda & Telepaths

It’s a touching book that reminds us that our elders have often lived long and varied lives and, as their lives draw to a close, the need for the connections to those memories and experiences remains just as important as their care.”
-Women Write About Comics


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Publisher – First Second Books

First Second Books is a graphic novel publisher located in New York City. They publish graphic novels in every genre and for readers of all ages. Their graphic novels are available online, in libraries, in comic book shops, and wherever books are sold.





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