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Original Essays | September 17, 2014 13 comments
My first novel, Love Me Back, was published on September 16. Writing the book took seven years, and along the way three chapters were published in... Continue »
Mark SiegelDescribe your new book/project/work.
I have different projects on the go. Some are books of my own, one is an imprint called First Second.
For books, my third one as an illustrator comes out this fall and is called To Dance, with the subtitle A Ballerina's Story (Simon & Schuster/Atheneum). It was written by my wife Siena, and tells in a comic book of how she danced at the School of American Ballet when George Balanchine was still alive. It's a slice of ballet history and the tale of a girl growing up in Manhattan. It's one of a few graphic novels that are truly aimed at girls.
Then, when I wear my editorial hat, I run First Second, which publishes great graphic novels by all my favorite authors and artists from around the world.
Share an interesting experience you've had with one of your readers.
I've had one reader ask me if my little shadow character was black and the little skeleton character was white. I was stumped. Another interesting experience was after Seadogs came out. I met a six year old boy who gave me his own story with some little seadog drawings of his own and said, "I'm an illustrator, FOR REAL!"
Name the best Simpsons episode of all time, and explain why it's the best.
Aside from graphic novelists, name some artists from whom you draw inspiration and talk a little about their work.
If you could have written (drawn) a book someone else wrote (or drew), what would it be? Why?
What was the most recent lie you told?
What's the first thing you do in the morning?
What's the last thing you do at night?