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'Abadazad' Heroine Casts Spell on Girls and Boys

Sep 28, 2006 (All Things Considered) — Author J. M. DeMatteis and illustrator Mike Ploog are the creators of a series of graphic novels called Abadazad. The books concern a modern-day girl who discovers a 19th century novel and the elderly woman who had been the inspiration for those stories. It's a dark tale, something the authors thought was important to do -- the heroine is cool and tough enough to make her palatable even to little boys. Michele Norris talks to DeMatteis and Ploog.

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