Author Profile: Emil Ferris

Author Profile:   Emil Ferris is an American writer, designer and cartoonist.

Name: Emil Ferris


2017 – My Favorite Thing Is Monsters (graphic novel)

Background: Emil Ferris was born in 1962, in Chicago, Illinois, United States. She is 58 years old now. Her parents are Mike Ferris and Eleanor Spiess-Ferris. She grew up in North Side’s Uptown. Her parents met at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, as artists. Initially, Emil worked as a toy designer and freelance illustrator before becoming an author. She was paralyzed when she was 40 years old, but gained motor functionality again eventually and got back to drawing, writing and attaining a MFA in creative writing. She completed her education including SAIC, BFA and MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Emil Ferris is well known for her writing and graphic novels.

Genre: In her graphic novel, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, Emil Ferris avoids the constraints of any one particular genre. She follows the meandering mind of a ten year old girl who has an obsession with movie monsters.

Literary Contributions: Emil Ferris won the Gran Guinigi for best graphic novel. She has been nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story.

Her graphic novel has won the 2017 Ignatz Award for Outstanding Graphic Novel, 2017 Ignatz Award for Outstanding Artist, 2018 Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Graphic Novel, 2018 Lynd Ward Prize for best graphic novel of the year, 2018 Eisner Award for best Writer /Artist, 2019 Grand prix de la critique ACBD and 2019 Fauve d’or at FIBD 2019.

Unique Stylistic Features: In 2017 Emil Ferris published her debut graphic novel, My Favourite Thing Is Monsters which emerged to a wild applause. The novel talks about the story of Karen Reyes, a coming-of-age girl growing during the 1960s in Chicago. The graphic novel is drawn and written in the form of a notebook of the character.

Her graphic novel, My Favourite Thing is Monsters has something on each and every page, to treasure. In fact the book is almost like a journal of presenting the ten year old Karen Reyes, with obsession for monsters, drawing and also a woman’s fate dying in her apartment block. Details of detective work and vibrant beasts are filled by Karen in her diary. Emil Ferris makes the beasts and humans jump off the page. The novel also includes crosshatched artwork drawn with a ballpoint pen.

Her next book, Book 2 which should be another cracker is due in the coming months. Emil Ferris received praise for her graphic novel as one of the best comics by a new author and as a ‘masterpiece’.

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