This past week I received a request (by an non-profit that produces secondary school courses) for permission to use one of my comix from the late 90's. I'd originally created this piece - entitled "My Body" - for publication in Mind Riot: Coming of Age in Comix - a collection of coming-of-age stories. My comic addresses body image, encouraging young girls to disregard outside influences suggesting how their bodies should look, and embrace themselves just as they are.
Coincidentally, just months before receiving this request, I'd been reminded of this same piece when, much to my dismay, my TEN YEAR OLD daughter asked me the following question:
"Mommy, do you think my thighs are too fat?"
I knew this day would come, just didn't think it would come so soon.
Of course, we had a conversation (in which I tried to determine just where that idea came from - and wound up with no answers), but ultimately I dusted off my copy of Mind Riot and showed her the piece that I'd written before she was even born. It felt great to share it with her, and I believe it answered her question to boot.
If you'd like to share this comic with your daughter (or niece, or grand daughter, or Girl Scout troop...) feel free to download and print a copy here.