ShortcomingsGraphic Novel - 2009 | 1st pbk. ed., Apr. 2009
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"You know, there's still a part of me that thinks when I land in Oakland, everything will just be...back to normal." -Ben to Alice
"I love this place. I don't think ther's a healthy item on the menu." -Sasha to Ben
"Oh, that's one of my works-in-progress. I wake up every morning, go pee, and then take a picture. I've been doing it since January." -Autumn to Ben
"Still, I'm sure my family would rather see me with a Japanese boy than a Korean girl." -Alice to Ben
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Jaded tri-genarian Ben Tanaka has a decent life but manages to find enough to complain about. Managing a local theater also seems to distance him from his girlfriend Miko's interest in independent film, looking down on her Asian Film Festival with enough self loathing for both of them. His friend Alice Kim is a womanizing woman and manages to aid him in some semblance of a social life.
Add to this one cross country internship for Miko, a new, cute flirty punker employee at the theater, and a waffling bisexual white girl making his acquaintance and Ben has his hands full. It seems Ben knows what he doesn't want, but does he really want what he thinks he does?