By the 23rd century, life on Earth has changed drastically. Virtual reality is not just possible but ubiquitous. Most people live primarily online, in fantasy worlds called "lairs" that fit anybody's desires, from Space Opera
to fantasy to "some kind of crazy happy super deformed anime
Telly is a 14-year-old girl of the Elysium
lair, who has only two friends in the world: Nekokat
, and the eponymous kimmie66, a genius of high caliber. The latter, however, has just sent Telly a note — a suicide note. As she doesn't know anything about who kimmie is offline, she and Nekokat are left in the dark before kimmie begins mysteriously appearing all throughout the network.
A short 2007 graphic novel by Aaron Alexovich, the author of Serenity Rose
. Part of DC Comics
imprint aimed at teenaged girls, Kimmie66
is an an intriguing look at the future of society and its effects on regular people.
This comic provides examples of:
- Adorkable: Telly.
- Ambiguously Brown: Nekokat in real life.
- Big Brother Bully: Wade is this to Telly.
- Brain Uploading
- Came Back Wrong: Kimmie
- Department of Redundancy Department: As is pointed out, "Nekokat" means "cat cat".
- Digital Avatar
- Goodbye Cruel World: kimmie66's note, the only indication that she may be dead.
- Goth: Telly's subculture.
- GIFT: Noticeably absent. Both Telly and her brother act about the same offline and online. Although, it is a bit hard to believe that Coil acts the same.
- Nekokat a.k.a. Rebecca. Online she's loud,over dramatic, and honestly kind of rude to Telly. When we see her real life self at the end of the comic she is much calmer and sweeter.
- Gratuitous Japanese: Nekokat's name. Thankfully this does not extend to her dialogue.
- The Hecate Sisters: Telly maiden, Nekokat mother, Kimmie crone. Though Telly and Kat both share maiden/mother traits.
- Inside a Computer System
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Coil. Barely on the "gold" part.
- Nanomachines: None of those lame goggles in the future.
- Playful Hacker: Most of the "Drifters" seem to be halfway between this and The Cracker.
- Realistic Diction Is Unrealistic: Averted. Characters interrupt each other and stumble over words.
- Romanticism Versus Enlightenment: Destiny (Enlightenment), Elysium (Romanticism).
- Shrinking Violet: Telly is not terribly social, and her narration is filled with nervous words.
- Subculture: A large part of the book is that everybody belongs to subcultures, but the distinctions are rather arbitrary. There are even subcultures within subcultures.