"It's possible to leave without giving anything."
I've been listening to interviews with Emil Ferris on the commute to and from work.
I finished her first graphic novel, My Favorite Thing is Monsters, about a week ago and the second book doesn't come out until February of next year, so I'm trying to pass the time by learning more about her life and art.
She created the graphic novel several years after contracting West Nile virus from a mosquito bite, an experience that left her paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. She admits to Terry Gross on a recent episode of Fresh Air that she wouldn't have written the book had she not fallen ill:
I wish I knew calligraphy, because I really want this quote hanging above my computer. A gentle reminder to be ferocious.