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September 3rd, 2007

More about Good As Lily [Sep. 3rd, 2007|10:04 pm]
Jesse Hamm
We've received our second negative review!

Plus an ambivalent review from this librarian, who warns readers that the book may be unsuitable for children, since it includes profanity, a suicide attempt, and a crush on a teacher. (Crushing on a teacher is too adult?)

Regarding the language, I was also asked by another reader about the book's occasional instances of profanity and bawdy humor. My fans know that I always avoid such things in my own stories, and that I try to avoid assignments where they'll be present. I felt Good As Lily was a safe bet, since it's aimed at teens, but ultimately the artist can't determine what will end up in a script. Though Derek is sensitive to my views, it is his story and he had the privilege and responsibility to write what he felt was best. Even though I would have written certain parts differently, what's most important to me as an illustrator is whether I agree with a story's overall message -- which, in this case, I do.

The above-cited reviewer also remarks: "While the cover art is great, I would have liked to see 'chubby' Grace's self reflected in the interior art, though the occasional manga styling in the expressions was well done." This suggests that I slimmed Grace down from the cover, but the fact isRead more...Collapse )
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