I’ve been a big fan of Gudsnuk for 4-5 years now. She made Henchgirl, a fantastic webcomic-turned-graphic novel about a Henchgirl who didn’t like her job. Now, she has released Making Friends through Scholastic’s Graphix publishing house, and I’m so glad I got to read it.
Making Friends stars Dany, a seventh grader struggling to find her own. All of her friends are together, in different classes from her. When she finds her grandmother’s old sketchbook that can bring drawings to life, she has an idea. Well, two ideas; bring her favorite anime villain to life (he’s good on the inside, she swears), and make herself a friend.
Of course, things go awry. Madison (the friend Dany made) learns that she isn’t real, and is understandably upset. She does her own thing, and learns who she is going to be. Prince Neptune has his own ideas on how to make friends, and they aren’t necessarily the best. I won’t go further into it, but it’s got some great lessons in here.
Making Friends was an absolute blast to read. I finished it in less than a day, and can’t wait to see what’s next from my girl Kristen. She is currently working with Dark Horse & Rafer Roberts on Modern Fantasy (which I need to get into), and absolutely killing the game. Follow her on twitter and Instagram!
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