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In the webcomic Friends With Boys, a homeschooler finds high school more intimidating than a ghost

Illustration for article titled In the webcomic emFriends With Boys/em, a homeschooler finds high school more intimidating than a ghost

After years of homeschooling, Maggie is ready for her first day of public school. But can she survive the hallways of high school? Will she make any friends? And why does that ghost keep following her around?

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Several months ago, we mentioned Faith Erin Hicks's The Adventures of Superhero Girl, a webcomic about a day-to-day life of a newbie superhero. Hicks is also the creator of Demonology 101, Ice, Zombies Calling, The War at Ellsmere, and a terrific little comic about Wolverine shopping for Canadian eggs. Friends With Boys will be a novel-length webcomic, with the print volume published by First Second, which has been publishing so many wonderful comics online.

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Friends With Boys is the first of Hicks's comics to involve autobiographical elements (although she's careful to stress that it is not an autobiography). Like her protagonist, Hicks was homeschooled and didn't attend a brick-and-mortar school until high school.

But young Maggie is dealing with more than a change of educational venue. Her mother, who homeschooled Maggie and her three older brothers, recently took off, leaving the four children with their father, the town's newly appointed chief of police. In fact, the only thing that hasn't changed is the ghost that Maggie has been seeing since she was a little girl. It's a coming of age story with a touch of supernatural mystery.

Illustration for article titled In the webcomic emFriends With Boys/em, a homeschooler finds high school more intimidating than a ghost

Friends With Boys highlights Hicks's expressive artwork and talent for creating fully realized characters. The opening scenes with Maggie's family show off a group of people who are at once warm and wounded, intimately familiar but still capable of surprising one another. I'm looking forward to seeing more of the Hicksian characters that will populate Maggie's school, and how Maggie's haunting will impact the rest of her life.

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I like it. This is especially interesting to me, since I've been homeschooled my entire life, and am now starting college. I just went through the same experience with my first day of class... Well, ever, at the beginning of summer. (With less ghosts, obviously.)

I like the fact that it's not painting homeschooling in a negative light, like many so often do. I love Superhero Girl, and I'll definitely continue to read Friends With Boys as well. I'm interested to see where the story goes.