Approved and Running with It

All that hard work on Littlest Pet Shop opened up an opportunity for me to make two more pitches related to a property that I never thought I’d get the chance to work on. One is probably going to happen, the other was approved yesterday. The big project I was expecting to announce this year is still in approval limbo with the licenser and this new opportunity was the last thing I thought would show up on my plate, but it’s really happening! I expect I’ll be able to announce what it is and talk more about it at least by April.

I’m also now two months deep into writing a series that is definitely for younger readers and will be released digital-first. I’m expecting that announcement to happen somewhere around San Diego Con 2015, which is around the same time this new property will also be on the radar. It may be tricky to think of the same author working on both, but here is the truth…

I’ve worked on the properties I’ve been given the opportunity to work on. I’ve seen it said, particularly around the 50 Women in Comics poll that’s taking votes right now, that unless you’ve worked on DC or Marvel superhero comics you’re too indie to count as being “in comics.” Yes I’ve actually seen that in writing. A welcome rebuttal to that comment pointed out that women are rarely given that opportunity and publishing is all about opportunity. That should prepare everyone for the day my comics page suddenly veers from Strawberry Shortcake pink to Evil Dead 2 red–Strawberry was my first opportunity, horror was one of my latest.

There’s never been an objective determination of what I can and can’t write for, only the chance given to prove it or the chance withheld. I’m just as proud to be exhibiting copies of my books full of pastels and rainbows this year as I will be to show off my copies of books soaked in blood. Whichever market I’m aiming for, it’s written the way I would approach it, and while I love writing for kids, I also like taking the restrictions off once in a while. Here’s to diversifying!

Author of Strawberry Shortcake: Return of the Purple Pie Man, Disney’s Frozen Comic Collection, Transformers: Robots in Disguise Animated and Littlest Pet Shop: Open for Business. She’s written for IDW Publishing, Hasbro, Lion Forge, American Greetings and Scholastic, and her work has been discussed in Comics Beat and The Washington Post. Subscribe to the newsletter

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