Girl Over Paris #1!
 
This New Comic Book Day, I'm very excited to announce that the first installment of my newest four issue miniseries is available online and IRL. Girl Over Paris follows young Cirque American highwire-walker Jules Maroni on her first trip to Paris, where she dances hundreds of feet about the Palais Garnier, learns a lot about love, and discovers a menacing and incorporeal mystery!

Above is my final inked and colored version of the first issue's cover, along with my suggestion for how the logo should look. Designer Deron Bennett then finessed it to perfection, and you can see the final version here:



GoP was adapted to a comic script by Kate Leth. It's based on YA author Gwenda Bond's "Cirque American" series, but you don't need to have any familiarity with the series to immediately follow along. I didn't, but I was super into Jules's world before I even finished reading the first script!


But I'm passionate about this series not just because I worked on it. I'm proud to, for the first time in my career, I think, be involved with a book that is all ages, all genders, all-everything, but especially catered towards girls and kids/young adults. 


Anyone can enjoy this book, I really believe that, but I know that if I had read it when I was 12 or 13, I would've been extra over the moon. This is the first time I've been able to do that... draw specifically for my younger self. I think a lot of comic artists probably get that feeling when they draw a superhero for the first time, but cartoons aside, I didn't grow up with comic characters. I grew up with tales of gothic romance and high fantasy. I longed for female POV characters doing amazing things with interesting people. And this book is for that part of me. Working on it has been a balm and a gift to my inner teenage self. 


I love this story, and if you're interested in it, I hope you enjoy it too. ❤




Xx Ming.


PS: If you're interested in hearing more, Gwenda, Kate, and I talked to the comiXology podcast about issue #1, so give it a listen!