51viamargutta asked: You have irrevocably changed my world. I started reading your comics when I was 8, I'm 14 now and I am still obsessed. Since I was 3, I was raised in a punk venue/comic store/skate shop. My parents split when I was 7 and I ended up in public school in ARKANSAS. I felt so alone. Everyone thought I was so weird. I was that girl with the blue hair. We had carried Blue Monday at our store & I started reading it. It became my release. Thank you so much for making me happy. Never stop writing.
Man, that’s a rough ride! I thought it was bad when I realized just how isolated the school I transferred to near Yosemite National Park was (from Fresno, which was no picnic either,) but having to go from being in a cool spot like what you describe to Arkansas must have been a whole new level of culture shock. Feeling alone in the middle of a bunch of people is the worst. If I had a dollar for all the times other people called me weird, I’d be lounging on my own private Caribbean island right now, so I feel your pain. That was the thing, I came up with Blue Monday when I was in that school, the one Jefferson High is based off of, Yosemite High. I looked around at all the other comics available, and very, very few addressed what it was like to be a weirdo in a sea of Normies. Japanese comics got the high school thing, especially Rumiko Takahashi, but there wasn’t much for American or British teenagers that we could identify with directly. I wanted something with our kind of soundtrack, our foul language, our humor, and all the crap we had to deal with in school. So I figured I’d make my own. Then maybe, MAYBE, other people like my friends and I would have something to connect with, even if it was just a little bit, and just a comic book. I’m so very glad that Blue Monday helped you to any degree. Thank you so much for writing and letting me know that it meant something to you, because that’s what really makes it worthwhile to me. There’s more on the way, and you’re about the same age as the gang, which means by the time the 5th collection comes out (Thieves Like Us) you’ll probably be the exact same age. Except with more electronic devices than they had (they’re passing notes instead of texting, obviously, because it takes place in the early ’90s.) I really hope you’ll enjoy the new stories!
Anyway, keep kicking ass, and don’t let the sheep get you down.