Fresh off an Eisner win for her 2012 adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle In Time, graphic novelist and filmmaker Hope Larson is already stirring up interest in her next project, Four Points, a graphic-novel adventure set in 1860 and illustrated by artist Rebecca Mock.

Here are some highlights from Larson's conversation with the LA Times' Hero Complex blog about the book:

About the lead characters: 

 I really wanted to do an adventure story with male and female protagonists for kids, because when Wrinkle in Time came out in October, I started getting tons and tons of email and meeting all these people who would tell things to me like, “Oh, my kid is 7 and he or she has never read a book on their own before. This is the first book that they’ve actually sat down and they’ve read the whole thing.” That was huge for me. I don’t usually get that kind of feedback. I don’t usually hear from my readers very much. I would read these emails and basically cry. I thought it would be great if I could do another book along these lines that would be fun and engaging and accessible for kids who are reluctant readers.

On whether she feels a sense of responsibility when writing about young women:

I think it’s probably something that I think about more, now that I have a few stories under my belt, I’m more interested in writing assertive female characters and take-charge female characters. It’s easy to fall into a passive role in general as a writer. Most writers are introverted and sort of shy. It’s really easy to write yourself and from now on I want to be writing characters who are going out and really driving their own story a bit more.

On setting the book in 1860: 

I wanted to write something action-packed and full of adventure. It’s basically about these twins who end up traveling from New York to San Francisco and having a bunch of adventures along the way. It’s going to be two books. Book one, there are pirates, but it’s peripherally for a lot of the book, and then book two is going to delve more into pirate adventure.

The ideal situation would be to have parallel careers going on. I’m moving away from drawing comics into writing comics, and that means that I have a lot more free time. I actually went to film school; it’s something I’m passionate about.


There's no release date just yet, but we'll be on the lookout for a clearer timeframe manifests.

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