Emi is an Everyteen on a hunt for some artistic inspiration to pull her out of her summer-job doldrums. When she sees performance artist Poppy make a scene at the mall while advertising the â€œFactory,â€ a local open mic venue, she knows sheâ€™s found her muse. Poppy, with her multi-colored dreads and multiple piercings, is everything Emi is notâ€”loud, brash, beautiful and totally uninhibited. With Poppy as her motivation, Emi finds the dubious courage to do things she never thought sheâ€™d doâ€”even stealing the journal of a woman she baby sits for, and using her private thoughts as a spoken word act. Soon â€œEmiko Superstarâ€ is the belle of the Warhol-esque Factory. Deep down, Emiko feels guilty for using someone elseâ€™s life as fodder for her performance. But if she drops her act, will she be forced to give up all her fabulous Factory friends and go back to being just boring Emi again? It will take a kind stranger, a timely 911 call, and a torn paper heart to make a-MAH-zing Emiko realize that good old Emi wasnâ€™t so bad after all. This thoughtful, smart story about finding yourself after your fifteen minutes of fame has passed reminds me of Cecil Castellucciâ€™s groovy Plain Janes (another arts-full MINX title) and the work ofÂ Derek Kirk Kim. And though it looks like Emiko may be one of short-lived DC imprint MINXâ€™s swan songs, hopefully artists and authors will continue to produce and promote more girl-rrific graphic novels for us fangirls who still need an occasional rriot grrl fix!