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Shen & Hicks Go Back to High School with "Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong"

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  • Posted on 15th Sep, 2022 00:03 AM

Writer Prudence Shen and artist Faith Erin Hicks, the creators of First Second's "Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong," spoke to CBR about their new high-school set graphic novel.

A quiet jock, a rambunctious nerd and a pack of crazed cheerleaders. It may very well sound like your home room in high school, but it's also a sampling of the characters gracing Prudence Shen and Faith Erin Hicks's new graphic novel from First Second Books, "Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong." From basketball games to robot showdowns, the book is both familiar and wickedly eclectic, making the story a hard one to resist.

While one might have trepidation going back to the days of pimples, amazing awkwardness and smoking in the bathroom, "Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong" is an absolute love letter to days where even the smallest adventures were somehow epic and memorable. Writer Prudence Shen and cartoonist Faith Erin Hicks spoke to CBR News about their very own "Breakfast Club."


CBR NEWS: "Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong," scarily enough, feels like my high school. I know these people. My best friend was nerdy, lovable Nate and my brother was laid-back, popular Charlie. Tell me, who do you relate to the most -- and why in the world did you decide to go back to high school, even if it's to tell a wonderful little story like "Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong"?

The high school tale is influenced by Gordon Korman's MacDonald Hall series, Souther literature like "To Kill a Mockingbird" and a whole lot of music

Shen: Gordon Korman's Macdonald Hall series was and remains a huge influence in my life; they're hilarious and timeless. I don't care that one of the books references a computer that uses punchcards. Stealing stuff from the school office is eternal. My other major influence -- almost invisible in the graphic novel format, actually -- is my generalized love of the canon of Southern literature. I've read two copies of "To Kill a Mockingbird" to shreds.

I definitely hada playlist for the story while I was writing it, as I have playlists for all of my writing. Alas, this was two computers and about six dozen version of iTunes ago. The original probably had a lot of Matchbox 20 on it. A more contemporary version I'm mocking up in my head right now would definitely include "Internet Killed the Video Star" by the Limousines, Aretha Franklin's version of "The Weight," "A Good Idea at the Time" by OK Go, "Oh No!" by Marina and the Diamonds, and because I will always be a (North) Carolina girl at heart, "Rockin' the Suburbs" by Ben Folds.

Can we expect a"Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong Part 2"?Because, let's be honest, people are going to eat this up.

Shen: Who knows! We'll see if there's a generalized clamor for a sequel after this one is out.

Hicks: Who knows? I hope people eat it up and it sells like crazy. If it does, we'll see. But I'm still kind of wiped out after drawing that 50-page robot fight scene, so if there is a sequel there will have to be much fewer robots.

"Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong" is on sale now.

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