Nancy & Christy Chat THE PRINCE AND THE DRESSMAKER
Ahh, Sebastian and Frances. Aren’t these two characters just lovely? Talk about how they drew you in and impossible to not love.
Nancy: This story about a teenage prince who likes to cross-dress and the seamstress that he finds to help him fulfill his dreams. Little did he realize that Frances has very big dreams of her own. Together they navigate the pains of growing up and like a fairytale they find acceptance, friendship and love.
Christy: I love that Frances accepted Sebastian for who he is. Her support gave him the confidence to bring who he was on the inside to the outside.
Let’s talk about the art in this story. What most engaged you?
Nancy: Since I am new to graphic novel scene. I am slowly building my knowledge base, but I feel that the illustrations fit the narrative quite perfectly. They are fun and whimsical, a feast for the eyes.
Christy: The color palette! In graphic novels, color can tell a big part of the story. That is definitely the case with The Prince and the Dressmaker.
There’s a little part in the back about how this story was originally about adults. Why is it important that the characters were switched to the teen perspective?
Nancy: I think that it’s important for this story to be seen in that teen perspective because of all the growing pains that come at this age. To see a story portrayed with such emotion and acceptance can mean so much.
Christy: We are seeing middle school youth struggle with coming into themselves in their changing friend groups. Having a medium that attracts them and shows that you CAN find your way in the world is so key!
The Prince and the Dressmanker
by Jen Wang
Coming February 13, 2018
Paperback: 288 pages // Publisher: First Second
Paris, at the dawn of the modern age:
Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride―or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia―the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!
Sebastian’s secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances―one of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone’s secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend? Jen Wang weaves an exuberantly romantic tale of identity, young love, art, and family. A fairy tale for any age, The Prince and the Dressmaker will steal your heart.
Some of our favorite panels & art!
We love this panel because Frances is like, SEBASTIAN I have my own stuff going on. The world does not revolve around you!
Come see what panels everyone else liked at the tour list!