Discussion (15) ¬

  1. Outfoxed is great! Listening to Boy Howdy now – Lots of good lines, but (about Bite Me)
    “It’s super silly: people get pushed down stairs, there are riots …”
    … is one of the truly great lines in interview history. Why the hell isn’t Bill Mudron teasing Family Man spoilers out of you? Damn! Half way through, but I must theoretically sleep. Outfoxed is fantastic. At the end, read the damn thing first anyone reading this, is the laundress only stricken at her betrayal by red, the love jujitsu with which her class station has suddenly tripped her up, has she even had time to be horrified at what’s happened to him? Wait what was that? We’re two-thirds through the comic? He said we’re two-thirds through the comic. We’re two-thirds through the comic? Must stop typing and listening. Sleep!

    • Haha! Glad you enjoyed.

      I think the laundress has plenty to be angry/horrified/etc. over. Kind of an overwhelming afternoon for her…

  2. Hey, congrats for the award! I read Outfoxed before, and to be honest I don’t really understand the meaning or moral of the story, but nonetheless, I love it.
    I also hope you’re okay and that you’ll be fine. Your artwork alone is enough to keep me entertained and amazed, but seeing it in a whole comic is… is… MAGICAL. :D
    Also – can’t wait to see the next page, but that goes without saying. :)

    • Outfoxed doesn’t have a specific moral lesson – the fox learned something about prejudice and the laundress learned something about ambition, but I didn’t mean to get more specific than that. I just wanted to tell a story that had a big reversal in it.

      My arm is feeling much better, and should be LOTS better by next week – thanks for the wellwishes!

  3. Tendinitis is the worst. Hope your arm feels better soon.

    Outfoxed was the first thing I read of yours and what got me into Family Man. It’s a nomination well-deserved and I really hope you win!

    • Thank you! And I’m glad to hear that Outfoxed won me a new reader for longer work, too.

  4. I agree, a well-deserved nomination.

    I loved the Orwellian twists of Outfoxed. So seldom do authors actually tell short stories with a twist these days, and yours has several. In fact, it reminds me very much of Animal Farm, especially with the similarity between the two stories in the end.


    • Thanks! I feel like I don’t get nice mechanical short story ideas very often, so I was happy to stumble across one, and very happy to finally get to draw it.

  5. I loved Outfoxed! Congrats on the nomination! Your work is amazing, both the artwork and the writing.

    • Thank you!

  6. Now rest that wing, young lady. Tendonitis can be a real bear if not treated carefully. Believe me.

  7. Superawesome!! Eisner-love is complete recognition of your talent & mastery. Holy shit and very, very well done!!

    (For the record I’ve always known you were terrific and enjoy inflicting Bite Me! on others. }:>)

  8. Congrats on the nomination! You definitely deserve it. Since I read Bite Me, I’ve been continuously amazed by your storytelling ability, and at such a young age too! Impeccable research and intuitive understanding of what aspects of a story are and are not entertaining. That’s the sort of thing even veteran writers wrestle with regularly.

    One thing I am curious about though, what with the proliferation of the internet and online comics, what qualification does someone need to be considered working in the comics industry these days? Does that change from person to person? Is there a central organization that determines these things? If the Eisner folks only take votes from people in the comic industry, I can’t help but wonder if there’s some sort of administration that defines all this stuff.

    Wish that was the case for the literary industry.

  9. As one of the lucky Portland folks who attended your live reading of “Outfoxed” a few months ago, all I can say is I’m delighted with this news. You really deserved it for this lovely comic.
    Glad the arm is feeling better, too.

  10. I’m so glad that we have the opportunity to comment on this wonderful comic now. I’ve wanted very much to discuss characters and story with other readers, and had wondered if mentioning it here would be out of place. If so, I won’t mention it again.

    I had wanted to talk about Herr Nolte’s behavior toward his daughter. Initially, I thought he was in some way repulsed or ashamed of her. On the second read-through, I see he keeps her at arm’s reach out of fear. (The analogy in Levy’s lecture was excellent, by the way). He needs her, possibly because she’s all he has left of his wife, and the fear that she will one day leave on one of these forays and never return drives him to treat her harshly. Questions which yet remain are: Is his need for her presence related to his flagging health, how did Nolte come to marry a member of “The Family” in the first place, and would the same monthly cycle they are forced to obey have been in effect had Nolte had a boy? Ariana’s words when she was praying before the fire are intriguing. They seem almost masochistic, what with wanting whatever spirit she tries to invoke to utterly destroy her in the process. Is the thing Nolte fears that Ariana will “destroy” herself by giving up her humanity entirely?