To celebrate the launch of Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang’s new graphic novel _In Real Life_, we’re super excited for this book and to have Cory on the blog today answering a few questions! Check out the questions below!
1. Which came first Anda or Kalidestroyer?
2. What was your favorite part about creating the virtual world of Coarsegold Online?
That was Jen’s department, really — in my story, it was a different game. I liked coming up with florid descriptions of in-game combat and huge, improbable weapons.
3. The book focuses heavily on misconceptions about others and bullying. Did you start out writing with that moral compass or did it evolve throughout writing?
I think we all start with a moral compass! No one thinks of herself as a bully, even the bullies. The trick isn’t to develop the moral compass, it’s to develop the empathy for others that lets you apply to to them, even when you don’t like them very much.
About _In Real Life_
Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively-multiplayer role playing game that she spends most of her free time on. It’s a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, a hero. It’s a place where she can meet people from all over the world, and make friends. Gaming is, for Anda, entirely a good thing.
But things become a lot more complicated when Anda befriends a gold farmer — a poor Chinese kid whose avatar in the game illegally collects valuable objects and then sells them to players from developed countries with money to burn. This behavior is strictly against the rules in Coarsegold, but Anda soon comes to realize that questions of right and wrong are a lot less straightforward when a real person’s real livelihood is at stake.
From acclaimed teen author Cory Doctorow and rising star cartoonist Jen Wang, In Real Life is a sensitive, thoughtful look at adolescence, gaming, poverty, and culture-clash.
About the author and illustrator:
Cory Doctorow is a co-editor of Boing Boing and a columnist for multiple publications including the Guardian, Locus, and Publishers Weekly. He was named one of the Web’s twenty-five influencers by Forbes magazine and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. His award-winning novel Little Brother was a New York Times bestseller, and his most recent novel isInformation Doesn’t Want to Be Free (McSweeney’s). He lives in London with his wife and daughter. In Real Life is his first graphic novel.
Jen Wang is an cartoonist and illustrator currently living in Los Angeles. Her works have appeared in the Adventure Time comics and LA Magazine. Her graphic novel Koko Be Good was published by First Second. In Real Life is her second book.
To see the rest of the questions, check out these other awesome blogs on the IRL tour:
Wednesday, October 8th – Bunbury in the Stackshttp://bunburyinthestacks.com/
Thursday, October 9th – Stacked http://www.stackedbooks.org/
Friday, October 10th – Forever YA http://foreveryoungadult.com/
Saturday, October 11th – CBR Robot 6 http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/
Sunday, October 12th – The Midnight Garden http://www.themidnightgarden.net/
Monday, October 13th – Cuddlebuggery http://cuddlebuggery.com/
Tuesday, October 14th — Guys Lit Wire http://guyslitwire.blogspot.com/
Wednesday, October 15th – Novel Thoughts http://www.novelthoughtsblog.com/
Thursday, October 16th – The Book Rat http://www.thebookrat.com/
Friday, October 17th – Alice Marvels http://www.alicemarvels.com/