writer: Sam Costello
artist: Savannah Horrocks
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Stories are stories, right? The medium doesnâ€™t matter when you begin with the idea. Itâ€™s the characters and their relationships, the plot and its twists that matter.
Thatâ€™s true with Dollâ€™s House, at least. Dollâ€™s House, you see, started its life, years ago, as a shortish prose story called The Little House. I worked the story over many times over the course of a couple of years, let it sit for many years after that, and then returned to it a couple of years ago with the intention of wrapping up the story in prose and getting it published.
I made notes, changed characters, tweaked motivations. I worked at it, but it still wasnâ€™t quite coming together. But then I thought: comics. Taking the basic ideas and effects of the story and translating them to comics seemed like a way to break the logjam of the prose.
It worked: Instead of the years spent on the short story, the comic Dollâ€™s House took three drafts over less than two months to complete.
In many ways, itâ€™s still the same story. In other ways, itâ€™s profoundly changed. Either way, this is the story itâ€™s become. I hope you like it.