Pour son troisième “Roman Graphique” au sein de l’éditeur First Second, l’artiste
Danica Novgorodoff ( Slow Storm, Refresh, Refresh) racontera le voyage du jeune Deshi qui est chargé par ses parents de trouver une mariée fantôme pour accompagner son frère dans la mort.
The Undertaking of Lily Chen (432 pages) sort en mars.
I knew who the main characters were – Deshi, a young man whose brother has died, and Lily, the young woman who complicates Deshi’s already complicated mission to find his brother a ghost bride. It began as a kidnapping story, in which Deshi took Lily hostage, but as I worked on the story I realized that there were too many problems with kidnapping. First of all, it didn’t fit Deshi’s character to be so commanding – he’s hapless, he’s fearful, he’s the second son of parents who consider him a bit of a loser. Secondly, a hostage is a character without much agency, and I had no interest in writing a submissive female character. The plot changed greatly when I gave Lily her own reasons to want to join Deshi on a macabre and often absurd journey. And as I wrote, other characters kept appearing along the way, and getting in Deshi’s way, and the story became rather episodic and epic.
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Le site de l’éditeur: www.firstsecondbooks.com
Le site de l’auteur: www.danicanovgorodoff.com