Interview with Cory Doctorow
In your opinion, what is the difference between writing a prose novel and a graphic novel? Is one more challenging than the other?
To be honest, Jen did most of the adaptation heavy lifting here. My experience with comics writing is limited — for me, the big difference (apart from the visual stuff, which is obvious and goes without saying) is that a novel’s big move is making you believe that you can be inside another’s head. It’s literally the only artform that does this.
What was the creative process like? Did you write the story first and then Jen Wang drew the art or did you have a discussion on the progress of the story before you both did your separate things?
The original story was published about a decade ago — it was called ANDA’S GAME. Jen sent me several drafts of her excellent adaptation for editing, review and notes, and we worked it through with help from our editors at Firstsecond.