This is the story of Enid (Thora Birch) and Rebecca (Scarlet Johansson), two supremely ironic, above-it-all teenagers facing the thrilling uncertainty of life after high school. As they attempt to carry their life-long friendship into a new era, the careful dynamics of their inseparable bond are jolted, and what seemed like a future of endless possibilities looks more like an encroaching reality of strip malls, low-paying service jobs, and fading memories. Clowes paints a tender picture of this intellectually precocious, sexually adventurous (despite a mutual lack of experience), and formative period in their lives, filtered through a light blue hue echoing a world lit by the cathode rays of a television - a perfect metaphor for their post-nuclear existence. Both naturalistic and nostalgic, Ghost World carves a layered narrative out of the daily existence of these fully realized young women.
Published ________, 1998 (Modern Age) by Fantagraphics and went on sale in 1998 for $11.95 USD. This issue contains 80 pages in Black & White, the current NM value is $11.95 USD.