Paris, The literary animation season in France opened with the publication of the novel My Favorite Thing Is Monsters,” which was published in the United States of America (USA), and sold more than 100,000 copies.

The novel achieved this great success even though it was the first work by Emil Ferris, a cartoonist, who was unknown before her novel. It has been rejected by dozens of publishers before it was accepted by one of them (Fantagraphics). The 800-page novel appeared in two parts.

The book won the best animation award in the USA three times. Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late ’60s Chicago, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is the fictional graphic diary of 10-year-old Karen Reyes who tries to solve the murder of her enigmatic upstairs neighbor, Anka Silverberg while the interconnected stories of those around her unfold.

The 56-year-old US cartoonist has been late in the field. Ferris contracted West Nile Fever from a mosquito bite. Three weeks after going to the hospital, she was paralyzed from the waist down and lost movement in her right hand. After 15 years, she regained motor functionality and returned to working and drawing.

Source: Oman News Agency