Although I only met her for long enough to have a good conversation about local LA art schools and Art in comics, after reading Carolyn Tom’s I Can Be a Shark, I can only believe that it is a story about some amazingly successful moment in her life. I hope that it’s just not a moment that has yet to happen; I hope that she has seen this kind of wonderful fulfillment at some point in her life – in fact, this book might be considered some of that success.
I Can Be a Shark is a sweet and honest story about a young girl that lives with sharks. And although the little girl is not a shark, she aspires to be like them, so she sets out to prove herself to them and most importantly to herself. Although I don’t normally fall for this kind of book, something generally way too optimistic for my own taste, I was caught up by I Can Be a Shark. It’s well crafted in a way that surpasses it’s audience and sentiment.
Artists Creators like Carolyn Tom are the future of comic books, if we’re lucky. She’s the whole package with youthful aspirations, obvious natural talent in the area of storytelling, writing and art with the drive to hone those skills toward great storytelling. When people ask me who my favorite artist is, I often say that it’s the artists that have yet to be discovered, the ones whose amazing talent will forge the future of comics, not the history of comics. I really hope to see great things in the future from Carolyn Tom.