i wish the 13-year-old me had owned a copy of fool's gold. penny, the protagonist, would be my hero. maybe, she still is. penny is a 15-year-old fashion designer/activist who makes it her mission to end the reign of male jerks at her high school while strutting around in adorable handmade outfits. AND she lives in colorado.
we recently went to a little talk given by the artist and author of fool's gold, amy reeder hadley. amy (a colorado native) never drew comics before she fell in love with the first volume of rising stars of manga. eight months later (after teaching herself to draw manga) she entered the rising stars contect and was a runner-up. after that she was offered a three book deal with tokyopop. crazy.
now amy's working on a new series for vertigo called madame xanadu. she also spends a lot of time drawing in her fan's copies of fool's gold. find out more about fool's gold, madame xanadu, and amy at her website.