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I picked up Waterwise by Joel Orff at my library at the same time I got Kampung Boy by Lat. I liked the cover art of a pair of funky fish swimming over a background of brick buildings.
Waterwise is a mood piece in the form of a young adult graphic novel. It begins with Jimbo sitting at the shore trying to capture the perfect lines in a portrait of a woman drawn from memory. He happens to be at the right place at the right time for a chance meeting with an old girl friend, Emily.
In their chance meeting they discuss what they have done with their lives. The artwork blends their imaged versions of their memories and dreams with the reality of their current situation. Waterwise, though isn't a romance. They don't seize the opportunity to reconnect beyond their afternoon together.
I loved this short and thoughtful graphic novel. It's a shame that it's currently out of print. If your library has it or you see it in a used book shop, grab it and read it.