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Nancy Drew was always changing her outfits. I despised girls' clothing, I couldn't wait to get home from school and get out of it. The last thing I wanted to read was minute descriptions of Nancy's frocks.
 

One of them is already having some menopausal symptoms. I'm working on that. I'm giving them all little lines under the eyes, trying to sort of make them age gracefully.
 

Partly I resented being perceived as weak because I was a girl.
 

People really want to think that these things really happened. I don't know why that important, but I know that when I finish reading a novel or something, I want to know how much of that really happened to this author.
 

Sometimes I wish the writing and drawing were more integrated.
 

That's all true, but there was something else going on for me as a kid, something about my gender identity that I haven't figured out yet. And that's one of the things I'm hoping to dissect and investigate in this memoir project.
 

The satiric ethos of Mad was a much bigger childhood influence.
 

Watching everyone root through their psyche, it just delights me. Especially R. Crumb's stuff.
 

Well, I'm always working on my comic strip and trying to, you know, keep cranking that out.
 

When I grew up, I studied karate for years. I got pretty strong, but eventually I had to acknowledge that I really didn't like fighting at all, so I quit.
 

When I was growing up in the 1960s, there was starting to be more books geared towards young adults.
 

Writing this book feels like a completely different activity from writing my comic strip because it's about real life. I feel like I'm using a part of my brain that's been dormant until now.
 

Yeah, I read Judy Blume. My mother didn't like that, but I read it anyhow.
 


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