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Before her new book, Friends with Boys, comes out in February, Faith Erin Hicks will serialize the entire story on the web. The first 32 pages are already up, with plans to add new ones each weekday until the publication date.
The Zombies Calling and The War at Ellsmere creator noted that she will also be blogging on the site, “giving you lovely readers the inside scoop of what my process was during the making of this graphic novel.” She also said she probably wouldn’t be making comics if she hadn’t started reading free webcomics on the internet.
“When I first started reading comics, really reading comics, comics that I felt were made for me (a school-age girl), they were online comics,” she said on her blog. “I didn’t have a comic book store to go to, nor did I have friends who were into comics. I had no connection to the comic book industry. But I had a computer, and I could access the internet, and there were comics on the internet. These comics were made by a diverse group of cartoonists, and (at the time) most were done ‘for fun.’ Reading online comics gave me new perspective on comics, and showed me what was possible for the medium, beyond the superhero genre. Later, as my tastes evolved and I gained disposable income, I became a comic consumer. I do not think I would be the hearty purchaser of comics if it wasn’t for the online comics I read while in school.”
According to the site, Friends With Boys is about Maggie McKay, a home-schooled teenager entering her first year in public high school and who is stalked by a local ghost. “Having a ghost follow you to school on your very first day … very not cool.” It’s due in comic and book stores next February from First Second.