Madge is a fledgling cartoonist who works at the Imperial Cafe in Oakland, CA which is managed by the goofy Laszlo. Most of her co-workers are drug addicts who may or may not be able to work on a given day. Instead of the story focusing on Madge, Laszlo's family life is prominent. This does not mean that it isn't exciting. The book was engrossing and I read all of its 450+ pages in one sitting.
What is special about this book is the author's ability to create a plot with many twists and turns. I do not usually see a graphic novel that is so heavily plotted. This is a must read for graphic novel fans. It's a 5 out of 5 stars.