Johnny Hiro: Half Asian, All Hero by Fred Chao.
Tor, New York, 2012 (some materials previously published in other formats).
Everyday superhero graphic novel, 190 pages.
NOTE: This is a work of fiction although I’m not posting it on Fiction Friday.
Johnny Hiro is your average half-Japanese busboy with a knack for running into the absurd on the streets of New York. He works in a sushi restaurant and dreams of one day being a chef, but is content to come home to his Japanese girlfriend Mayumi Murakami.
This was a fairly random find. I had never heard of this book, never read a review of it or seen a promotion of it before coming across it at a local used bookstore. The half Asian in the title and a cursory glance through the pages, combined with the price, was enough for me to purchase this delightfully whimsical book.