Boom! Studios has announced Girl on Film, a new graphic novel memoir from writer Cecil Castellucci, featuring artwork from Vicky Leta, Jon Berg, V. Gagnon, and Melissa Duffy. Due out in November 2019, Girl on Film is based on Cecil’s own free-spirited coming-of-age as a young, independent creative who fell in love with storytelling. It details the connection between experience and memory.
Castellucci’s journey began in 1977 after she saw Star Wars. That was when she knew she would one day become an artist and a storyteller, bringing her own imagination to life. Over time she evolved from a young, starstruck fan into an aspiring theater kid, a teenage artiste in ’80s New York, an indie musician in the Montreal punk scene, and finally, an acclaimed author and comic book writer. Nothing went according to plan, yet everything happened the way it should have.
When I think about it, I have always been most fascinated with telling stories. At first, I thought I would become the next Steven Spielberg. But turns out that early dream of aspiring filmmaker was just the first in a series of surprising creative aspirations that led me to where I am today. I wanted to trace the path that brought me to this moment in my life but recalling the past is always a tricky thing. You could be remembering something exactly as it happened or looking at it through the lens of hindsight and other lived experiences. So this is me putting together the story of my life, mining my memories and very excited to work with four such talented artists to craft something between memory and fiction about dedicating my life to making art in every form I could in order to fulfill that childhood dream of one day becoming the girl on film, on vinyl, on paper, and preserved in the memories of others forever.
Girl on Film will be released under Boom! Studios’ Archaia imprint.
Sierra Hahn, Executive Editor, Boom! Studios adds:
Girl on Film is Cecil’s love letter to her young artistic self and to all the other creatives who want to leave their mark on the world. With her as a guide, we get to explore a slice of New York City preserved in her memory and follow her wondrous journey as it twists and turns, culminating into the vision of an artist who’s done it all. And as if the details about growing up in the heart of Times Square, avoiding Cher, and skipping over Keith Haring chalk drawings aren’t compelling enough, you’ll find photographic evidence of her childhood right next to the amazing illustrations of artists Vicky Leta, Jon Berg, V. Gagnon, and Melissa Duffy.
Girl on Film will be available at your local comic shop on November 13th, 2019 and at book stores and Amazon on November 19th, 2019.