As School Library Journal explains, the contest also brought a prize for Patterson’s school library in New Jersey, which has suffered major budget cuts. Apparently Patterson felt that keenly as the daughter of a librarian.
In the panels above, the character of Chudney explains her art with a superhero metaphor:
When I draw, I am DA POOF! Able to fly at the speed of light and headbutt my enemies. I am AWESOME!So now young American women are winning the comics contests, the national science fairs, the World Cup semis. Not to mention the usual spelling bee. Do teen-aged boys need to step up their game?
I even make little comics for my friends, trying to make them laugh.