Award-winning YA novelist and Eisner-nominated comic book writer Cecil Castellucci is opening up about her deep love of Star Wars and how it inspired her creative trajectory in her upcoming graphic memoir from Archaia, Girl On Film. Illustrated by Vicky LetaMelissa DuffyV. Gagnon, and Jon BergGirl On Film examines Castellucci’s journey through various points of her life, including her days as an aspiring theater kid, her time as a teenage artiste running wild in New York in the 1980s, her time as an indie musician on the Montreal punk scene, and finally her work in prose novels and comics.

Today, The Beat can reveal an exclusive first look at Girl On Film, which brings Castellucci’s memories to the page and also comments on how time and perspective can color our own memories. The graphic novel hits shelves November 13, 2019. Check out the full description and preview pages below.

Follow novelist Cecil Castellucci in this insightful memoir of making art, the nature of memory, and being a teenager in 80s New York City. 

One thing young Cecil was sure of from the minute she saw Star Wars was that she was going to be some kind of artisté. Probably a filmmaker. Possibly Steven Spielberg. Then in 1980 the movie Fame came out. Cecil wasn’t allowed to see that movie. It was rated R and she was ten. But she did watch the television show and would pretend with her friends that she was going to that school. Of course they were playing. She was not. She was destined to be an art school kid.

Chronicling the life of award-winning young adult novelist, and Eisner-nominated comics scribe Cecil Castellucci (Shade the Changing Girl, Star Wars: Moving Target), Girl On Film follows a passionate aspiring artist from the youngest age through adulthood to deeply examine the arduous pursuit of filmmaking, while exploring the act of memory and how it recalls and reshapes what we think we truly know about ourselves.

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