- Posted by Johanna on June 2, 2006 at 4:32 pm
- Category: Graphic Novel News
Her first project, Chiggers, sounds terrific. It’s about two 13-year-old girls at summer camp and the fantasy book they both love. Unfortunately, it’s not due until 2008.
Her career path is another example of comic creators going to “real” book publishers as a sign of “making it” (a term that used to mean going to work for DC or Marvel, my how times have changed for the better), but I found two things of note:
1. how many of these publishers think of graphic novels as best suited for their young adult audience, or target them that way, for which I don’t blame them. Manga created that market, and teens have many fewer annoying preconceptions about what comics are or can be about.
2. Larson’s quote below
My comics are becoming more conventional because I finally realized I’d rather draw books that people want to read than make hollow objets d’art. The art and design in this book are in service of the story, which hasn’t been the case before.
It’s great to see a creator being brutally honest about their analysis of their work, if surprising in this press-puffery comic world. I’d disagree with her about how well her design and artwork serve her stories in her previous graphic novels, though — I think her ability to integrate the three without boundaries or obvious separation is a large part of what drew me to her work.