I chose Bad Friends due to the beautiful and often horrifying art, and a moving story (based in 90s Korea) that celebrates female friendship but also illustrates how women are at a systemic disadvantage.

Bad Friends

Graphic novel

Written by Ancco; translated by Janet Hong

Jessica Esa

Jessica Esa is from Swansea, and has been based in Asia for four years. She runs Books and Bao, a world literature and travel magazine (http://booksandbao.com), with her partner.