Somehow, between her time spent depicting everything from existential astronauts to Dig covers, Boston-based illustrix extraordinare Ming Doyle put together her first full-length graphic novel. An adaptation of the young adult novel Tantalize, it’s about were-young adults dealing with were-young adult problems. We were-chatted about the were-process.
So, how did this all come about?
I’ve illustrated shorter comics focusing on vengeful cowboys, zombie superheroes, ghostly schoolgirls and Megan Fox, but when Candlewick Press emailed me asking if I’d have any interest in drawing a nearly 200-page graphic novel following the exploits of a teen wolf, I leapt at the opportunity!
How was it of creating a full-length graphic novel?
It absolutely felt like I was drawing my heart out over a year long ink marathon. My sequential muscles seemed ferociously buff once the whole thing was over. I got the Charles Atlas art treatment.
What was it like to adapt a novel?
Tantalize was a unique adaptation in that Cynthia Leitich Smith, the author of the original novel, wrote the script for the graphic novel version as well. She did the whole thing in screenplay format, and it was up to me to determine the page breaks, number of panels, etc. I mainly made the aesthetic decisions, while all the phrasing and plot points remained in Cynthia’s hands. It reminded me of doing the thumbnails for a movie.
Did you read something and go “Holy Shit, how am I going to do that?”
There’s a fairly intense confrontation featuring a vice-principal, an English teacher and a battle-axe that definitely took some serious consideration.
Werewolves or Vampires?
As much as I was a sucker (har, har) for Brad Pitt back in his Interview with the Vampire days, I’m going to have to say werewolf! Werewolf all the way.