I started out as a fairly normal looking kid:
It was hard to not smile in her presence.
Not everyone got it though. For as many students that fell in love with this idea, just as many thought it was stupid. The few teachers that quietly supported the creative effort were far outnumbered by the ones that were made uncomfortable by it. I nearly got suspended from school because of the language and content in issue #1.
However one of my best and worst qualities, tenacity, left me undeterred. With my friends cheering me on (of course, because they wouldn’t be suspended!) I quickly started working on issue #2 – only to have it come to a screeching halt. One of our school’s beloved teachers, Mr. Worden, had committed suicide, leaving behind a wife and a young child. What would be Issue #2 of Doll Parts was scrapped in favor of memories and thoughts on this teacher that touched so many lives. Students used it as a tool to process their shock and grief. That would become my favorite issue, though a close second was the Thanksgiving issue that featured a good-natured roasting of our Vice Principal, Mr. Sechler. The cover was an illustration of his head on a turkey (and boy do I wish I had that issue on hand to show you). He got quite a chuckle out of that and it scored me yet another reprieve from total shut-down.