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1) Robot fight scenes are the hardest things to draw ever.
Over the past five years of working fulltime in comics, I’ve drawn a wide variety of things. Summer camps, creepy alien birds, graveyards, ships, ghosts, schools, ponies …. but nothing is as difficult to draw as two killer robots fighting to the death. Robots are hard enough to draw when they’re standing still, but drawing them flying through the air to do battle? I may have broken down weeping over my drawing desk a few times.
2) It’s important to escape the drawing desk every now and then.
I really love my job of making comics. I probably love it a little too much, because when I’m away from my drawing desk and not making comics, I’m mostly thinking about all the comics I’m going to make when I get back to the studio. This is kind of terrible and unhealthy! I got serious about running while drawing Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong, and can now jog 8 kilometers at a pretty good clip. I’d like to jog 10 kilometers at some point this summer. I hate jogging in the winter (I live in the often freezing cold Canadian city of Halifax), but in the summer it’s wonderful to get outside and spend some time with things that aren’t comics. Like the sun, and grass, and the ocean and even other people! Then I can go back to making comics.
3) I need to do better with diversity in my comics.
I was on a panel at a recent comic festival about diversity in comic books, which is a huge issue. Comics struggle a lot with representing different people, different ethnicities, different sexualities, and it’s something I want to do better. One thing that was brought up at the panel was the idea that diversity shouldn’t mean just making sure that “your group” is represented, it should be that all people are represented. I thought that was really important and useful. I’ve been very focused on women in comics (we are pretty underrepresented), and I feel I’ve been successful in making lots of comics with women and girls in them, and encouraging my fellow Lady Cartoonists. Now I need to look beyond that, and do a better job of representing the diversity of the world around me.
4) Collaborating is great fun.
Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong is the first adaptation I’ve done of someone else’s story. It was really fun to dive into a fully formed story where I didn’t have to do too much reshaping, and just start drawing. Prudence did most of the heavy lifting for me already! All I had to do was beat her story into graphic novel shape.
5) I am a sucker for a cute boy and a geeky girl.
So, spoilers, but two characters in Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong get together in the end. That was not in Prudence’s original story, but I snuck it in at the end because I am a geeky girl, and I like seeing the geeky girl get the cute boy. Also I may secretly want Prudence to write a Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong fanfiction (can you do fanfic of your own book?) about Nate and Holly dating. Because that would be hilarious.
Find out more about the graphic novel at the official website for Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong.
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Do you love audiobooks? Are you a fan of YA fiction? Are you a teen? If you’ve answered yes to all three of those questions I’ve got good news for you. This summer, starting May 30 SYNC will be offering two free teen audiobook downloads. These MP3 titles can be downloaded for free via Overdrive Media Console. Titles will alternate over the summer and you’ll have seven days in which to download a book. Below is the first two weeks schedule of titles and their dates, so don’t miss it! For more information also check out the SYNC website.
May 30 to June 5, 2013
Of Poseidon by Anna Banks, read by Rebecca Gibel (AudioGO)
The Tempest by William Shakespeare, read by full cast (AudioGO)
June 6 to June 12, 2013
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book 1: The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood, read by Katherine Kellgren (HarperAudio)
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, read by Wanda McCaddon (Tantor Audio)
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Happy Tuesday! It’s a bright & sunny day here in Wheeling, but I’m here with a review of a book that’s sure to give you chills: Dark Triumph, by Robin LaFevers.
Sybella was raised in the house of her father, d’Albert, a powerful and ruthless noble who has murdered six wives and now seeks to steal the throne of their kingdom from its rightful ruler, the Duchess. Several years ago, Sybella escaped from her father’s brutality and entered a convent, where she swore an oath to serve Mortain, the god of Death. At the convent, Sybella was trained as an assassin, learning to strike down those that are marqued for death by Mortain. Now the abbess of her convent has sent Sybella back into her father’s household, where she is tasked with reporting her father’s plans to the Duchess and killing anyone that displays the marque of Mortain. Between her father’s cruelty and the increasingly twisted love of her brother Julian, living in her father’s household nearly drove her mad once, and Sybella isn’t sure she can survive it again. When the convent sends her another assignment, this time one of rescue, all of Sybella’s skills will be tested.
This book was AMAZING. It’s the sequel to LaFever’s novel Grave Mercy, and if you haven’t read that one yet you need to run out and get it right now! Dark Triumph has a complex plot, with lots of secrets and political intrigue, plus plenty of action and of course a bit of romance. This book does tackle some pretty dark themes, so it is recommended for more mature teen readers. This is a great read-alike for fans of the show Game of Thrones!
Rating: 5/5 stars
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Want to read Dark Triumph? Request it here!
To celebrate the release of Jacqueline Green’s TRUTH OR DARE (May 14th), many YA authors have come together to share two truths and a lie about themselves for you readers to guess!
First up, we have Anna Banks, author of OF POSEIDON and OF TRITON.
(The lie is revealed in the bottom right hand corner!)