Did you expect this kind of response to your book?
No, I didn’t expect it, but at the same time, if I’m perfectly honest, I’ve always believed that my work would reach a bigger audience. I know that sounds a little cocky. But I’ve gotten very bitter and jaded over the years when it didn’t happen. So I am surprised, and I also feel a little vindicated. It’s so thrilling when people refer to it just as a book, and not even a graphic novel. That’s what’s so great about the Time thing. It’s a kind of situation that I’m very used to as a lesbian. I’ve just been living for the day when I got to be just a cartoonist and not a lesbian cartoonist.
It’s an incredibly moving, thoughtful piece of work.
Well, I don’t know. I think it’s good, but at a certain point I have to wonder if people are just getting a little hysterical. I’ve gotten very used to feeling underrated in my career, and now I’m really worrying about the opposite.