Welcome to the blog tour for Jen Wang's The Prince and the Dressmaker (available on February 13th)! Here's the official scoop on the graphic novel:
Paris, at the dawn of the modern age:
Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride—or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia—the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!
Sebastian’s secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances—one of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone’s secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend? Jen Wang weaves an exuberantly romantic tale of identity, young love, art, and family. A fairy tale for any age, The Prince and the Dressmaker will steal your heart.
In honour of its upcoming release, each blogger on the tour is dishing on their favourite panel from the book.
When I was trying to narrow down my favourite panel of the book -- and TRUST, there were a lot of candidates -- my mind kept going back to this page.
The context: Frances and Sebastian celebrate with a night on the town. And there's A Moment. When they retreat to their separate rooms, the realization hits them both: I have romantic feelings for this person. Or perhaps even, I'm hopelessly in love with them. Their nearly identical body positions only differ by their arms, with the symbolism being not insignificant: Sebastian's are closed and protective, while Frances' are hesitant but open.
It's the start of... something. Something scary. Something wonderful. Something that crosses the line of friendship into something more. Something that actually started long before either of them even knew. In the words of another France-based fairy tale, there's something there that wasn't there before.
Photo credit: Ye Rin Mok
About the Author:
Jen Wang is a cartoonist and illustrator currently living in Los Angeles. Her works have appeared in the Adventure Time comics and LA Magazine. She recently illustrated Tom Angleberger's Fake Mustache. Her graphic novels Koko Be Good and In Real Life (with author Cory Doctorow) were published by First Second.
The Prince and the Dressmaker will be available on February 13th.