If you haven’t heard, ELIZA AND HER MONSTERS is basically the graphic/YA meta-novel we’ve been waiting our whole lives for. It follows a girl named Eliza Mirk who is ~secretly~ the creator of a hugely successful webcomic.
There’s a big difference between her life online and off, though.
Things between the two start to get messy when she finds out that a new student in her high school, Wallace, is more than just another jock: He’s also one of the biggest writers of fanfiction based on her comic. ELIZA AND HER MONSTERS deals with anxiety, the pressures of creativity, and identity in this wonderful time that we call the internet age.
It also includes some pretty sweet art from author Francesca Zappia herself, totally lending itself to the webcomic experience. Francesca also put together some pieces of Eliza and Wallace, and even managed to record herself drawing them!
Meet Eliza Mirk
Meet Wallace Warland
About Eliza and Her Monsters
Eighteen-year-old Eliza Mirk is the anonymous creator of Monstrous Sea, a wildly popular webcomic, but when a new boy at school tempts her to live a life offline, everything she’s worked for begins to crumble.
In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, smart, and friendless. Online, Eliza is LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of a popular webcomic called Monstrous Sea. With millions of followers and fans throughout the world, Eliza’s persona is popular. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves her digital community.
Then Wallace Warland transfers to her school, and Eliza begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile. But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart. With pages from Eliza’s webcomic, as well as screenshots from Eliza’s online forums, this uniquely formatted book will appeal to fans of Noelle Stevenson’s Nimona and Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl.
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