Set in modern China, Orange is the story of a high school girl growing up in the city. She feels deeply alienated from everyone around her: her guy friends are promiscuous, her girl friends are superficial. Surrounded by fakes, she feels alone. One morning, she decides to commit suicide by jumping off the roof of an apartment complex. Before she can jump, she is interrupted by a guy she’s noticed before. He is different from everyone else. Deciding not to kill herself, she needs to get rid of her suicide note, but finds she can’t throw it away. She sneaks it into the bag of the man who found her on the roof, creating an obsessive connection between them.
Orange is a disturbing graphic novel that explores authenticity, alienation and depression in a changing world. The art and story are both by Benjamin, an amazing Chinese graphic artist who has worked on artwork for a number of video games and movies.