Why it is often helpful to do research before you start typing.

So I was going to type a bit about Violet Rose #1 from Bluewater Productions.

It was a book that I was really looking forward to based on the Previews solicitation a few months back (short, short version: teen sleuth investigates supernatural crimes in weird small town), but the end result disappointed me a bit - some grammar issues, the plot bits didn't develop quite right, some wonky dialogue, and so on.

Then I read that the author, Emma Davis, is 16 years old, and that she created the characters at 13. Well, I'm not nearly enough of a jerk to tear into a teenage girl's first effort. Especially since as the creation of someone still in high school, well, it's actually pretty good. I wish the stuff I wrote at 16 was this decent. There's plenty of room for improvement, sure, but it's a hell of a start.

Thank you, internet, for providing the information that kept me from metaphorically kicking a girl's dreams square in the junk. And keep up the good work, Emma. I look forward to seeing where you go from here.


  1. Getting a book solicited in Previews is impressive enough but to do it at 16 is doubly so.

  2. I drew the comic and there are some issues with it being the first issue and all. Just wondering where you found out about the book? The book was rushed and for how little time we had to do it I'm pretty happy with it and I hope you give the second issue another chance.

  3. Brian, I ordered the book back when it was first solicited in Previews via Discount Comic Book Service. And like I said, the concept hooked me with that first solicitation. Reading about Emma's background answered a few questions I had about the completed product, and now hearing about a time crunch to finish it actually answers a lot of other things, too.

    As I said, any concerns I had aside, I thought this was a good start, and I definitely see the potential for improvement here, so yes, I plan on coming back for #2. Best of luck, and if possible, keep me posted on the progress!

  4. Anonymous12:01 PM

    Kicking a little girl's dreams square in the junk is really funny. It took me by surprise, and I laughed and tried to turn it into a sort of coughing noise without much success, to the noticable concern of my co-workers. So thanks for helping to sully my already tenuous working relationships!