graphic novelist Emil Ferris

graphic novelist Emil Ferris

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Emil Ferris wrote "My Favorite Thing is Monsters," her debut graphic novel, after overcoming significant personal setbacks. Once a freelance illustrator and toy designer, according to The Guardian, she contracted West Nile Virus in 2001 and was paralyzed. An article from The New York Times notes she had to relearn how to draw, then she earned a master of fine arts degree in creative writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago before "Monsters" came into being.

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