The satiric ethos of Mad was a much bigger childhood influence.
I just have this sort of entrepreneurial spirit and I work really hard at promoting myself.
It's a hard thing to age a character because you can't really suddenly give someone gray hair.
I don't know, maybe it's because I was raised Catholic. Confession has always held a great appeal for me.
I probably read Harriet the Spy about 70,000 times.
I get a lot of mail from men who really identify with Stuart, you know, Sparrow's boyfriend. I love that. Even though I used to say I wanted men to read the strip even though there weren't any men in it, so they'd be forced to identify with the women.
For some reason writing and drawing are very separate processes for me.
I started to get bored with that stuff about only drawing men and I've taken it out of the slideshow.
I'm pretty illiterate when it comes to comics history.
Partly I resented being perceived as weak because I was a girl.
Sometimes I wish the writing and drawing were more integrated.
Well, I'm always working on my comic strip and trying to, you know, keep cranking that out.
People really want to think that these things really happened. I don't know why that important, but I know that when I finish reading a novel or something, I want to know how much of that really happened to this author.
That's all true, but there was something else going on for me as a kid, something about my gender identity that I haven't figured out yet. And that's one of the things I'm hoping to dissect and investigate in this memoir project.
And partly, the worst thing you could do in my family was need something from someone. So physical strength represented an avenue of self-sufficiency to me.
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