Category: Anonymous

Don't cry because it's over, smile b…

Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened. -Dr. Seuss

Aw, what a kind sentiment! Don’t worry, I’ve always got something new on the burner. 

Why and how did Argus become a beast? I NEED T…

Why and how did Argus become a beast? I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPEND TO HIM IN THE PAST!!!!!!!!!!

I wrote three books about it!

What would you think of a genderswapped Batb w…

What would you think of a genderswapped Batb where: Male Beauty is a prince who is a captive in his enemy’s palace. Lady Beast is that enemy’s cursed daughter. She is shunned by her wicked family. Lady Beast teams up with Male Beauty to bring about her father’s downfall. Bc who has time to break a curse when people are dying??? Male Beauty slowly falls in love with her for her soul and courage, but doesn’t tell her until it’s too late. Boom! The curse is broken and kingdom saved.

I think you just wrote your first draft outline, Anon! 

How do you suppose a lady Beast could get a gu…

How do you suppose a lady Beast could get a guy to fall in love with her? Would he have to be blind, like in that video game you just mentioned?

“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind”

I think there are many ways in which people fall in love! For example, well into my twenties I thought the idea of love at first sight was something made up for fiction. I didn’t understand what people meant when they said someone was attractive. I’m just not wired that way. I don’t have that sort of reaction. What made someone attractive to me was the way they interacted with others –were they funny, were they kind, were they reliable. None of those things can be determined “at first sight”, only by getting to know someone… But for lots of people, physical attraction is (apparently) one of the first things they notice!

I believe it was Betsy Hearne who wrote about Beauty and the Beast being a romance of the intellect… That the couple are drawn together by love borne of knowing one another’s minds, not of being physically attracted. It’s a slower growing bond, but has the potential to be a deeper one because it’s founded on something that has to be nurtured and tended, rather than something occuring by chance of nature. That interpretation definitely varies by version of the story, but it always stuck with me as being a very true thing to my own experiences.

But could you have a blind protagonist? Absolutely you could! In many versions of the story the Beauty character actually doesn’t see the Beast until very late in the tale… in Cupid and Psyche, Psyche fears that her unseen lover may be a monster, but he turns out to be the God of Love. In The Crimson Flower, the Beast hides himself from Nastenka on his magical island. In Panna a Netvor, Netvor forbids Julie from turning to face him when they are together. It isn’t until she has confessed her love to him, and then accidentally caught his reflection in the window that the truth is revealed… you can get a lot of mileage out of the tension there! Perhaps your Beast believes the protagonist doesn’t know she’s a monster, but he does. Or perhaps her deception is what tears them apart. 

Anyway, I’d love to see how you solve this setup! There’s a ton of potential there.

Hey! So I’ve recently been struck by the…

Hey! So I’ve recently been struck by the need to write a beauty and the beast series, probably a trilogy, where the first book is more King Thrushbeard, the second Beauty and the Beast, and the third East of the Sun and West of the Moon/Cupid and Psyche, but all the same couple. Do you perhaps have any other B&B-style fairy tales you can recommend to help give me ideas and/or that you think would fit in this haphazard arc I’ve created??

Hey Anon!

Oh my gosh, yes, write this thing. I’d read the heck out of it!

In the theme you have going here, I would check out…

-Riquette with the Tuft

-The Little White Cat

-Buffalo Head

-The School of Salamanca

– The Prince and the Tortoise

-Hans My Hedgehog

Hello, Miss Megan! I was wondering if a batb …

Hello, Miss Megan! I was wondering if a batb story could work if the Beauty had a disfigurement – such as a hairy birthmark covering her arm, or vitiligo on her hands? Would the former condition just make things too complicated in comparison to the big, hairy Beast?

Hey Anon!

I don’t see why not! I think as long as your writing is compassionate and not exploitive, it could be a very interesting angle!

I’m curious to know what a ‘Beauty…

I’m curious to know what a ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and ‘Sleeping Beauty’ mashup would look like.

Write iiiiiiiit~~~

Please tell me there are hard copies of your B…

Please tell me there are hard copies of your BatB comic? I need it on my bookshelf!

There are! Volumes one and two are for sale here and volume three comes out in May! You can join my mailing list to be updated when it becomes available!

Do you know yet if BatB will be bundled in a p…

Do you know yet if BatB will be bundled in a physical book?

You bet! Volumes one and two are available already, and volume three should be out in May! If you want to be updated when it becomes available, you can sign up for notifications!

You work on the Disney Princess comic, don&#03…

You work on the Disney Princess comic, don't you? Do you know if they still plan on taking all the single issues comics into multi-issued bound books? I prefer to buy trades for my collection but I don't want to miss any of the Princess stories, and I certainly want to see it do financially well for the sake of you and the rest of the crew who works so hard on it!

Hey Anon!

There are indeed collections of Disney Princess! There are three different editions I’m aware of, The Enchanted Collection, which is a huge omnibus (like a Foxtrot collection), the Disney Princess Comic Strip Collections (which are smaller, more like a Garfield collection) and a series of princess-specific hardcover mini-collections that I believe were exclusive to Target.

Sadly, Princess is work-for-hire, which means I don’t see any royalties (Princess pun!) on reprints *sob*