About The Book:
Into The Dangerous World
By: Julie Chibbaro
Artwork By: JM Superville Sovak
Release Date: August 18, 2015
Ror lives to draw—to her, it’s like breathing; it’s how she understands life. Raised on a Staten Island commune, she’s never attended a day of school, and knows little of the outside world. When her paranoid father burns down the commune with himself inside, Ror, her mother, and sister end up in a homeless residence in Manhattan. There, she runs into trouble—and love—with Trey, the leader of Noise Ink, a graffiti crew.
On the city’s streets, and in its museums and galleries, Ror finds herself pulled in different directions. Her father wanted her to make classic art. Noise Ink insists she stay within their lines. Her art teacher urges her to go to college. But what does she want? Ror’s soul-searching—expressed in remarkable drawings and sharp-edged prose, set in the gritty Manhattan of 1984—is cinematic in its scope, and its seamless blend of text and art makes Into the Dangerous World a groundbreaking event in young adult fiction.
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Where did your inspiration for Into the Dangerous World come from?
It’s hard to trace back the inspiration for a book that has been inside your head for 20 years, but if I had to, I would say it came from being around artists all my life, and being completely mystified by what drives them. I couldn’t draw a picture if someone put a gun to my head, and maybe that makes me even more curious. And after they’re done creating a work of art, what do artists do with it? What, I wondered, does the trajectory of a successful artist’s life look like?
Being a young adult author, I decided to take on the start of a superstar’s career (I imagine that Ror will be a superstar someday). How does the world look to someone like that? Ror is a very visual person who speaks through her drawings, she’s sensitive to the way things look, how colors taste and sound; she feels herself in the world in a spatial way, and how she fits. I learned a new way of thinking from her.
As I wrote, I found my inspiration constantly refreshed by working with JM, the artist for the book, who is also my husband. Together, we pushed beyond the surface of graffiti, into the heads of the people who do it. We uncovered a whole world of art that we’d never really thought about! Interviewing graffiti and street artists helped me to rethink my notions of fame. Underground artists aren’t as interested in the more obvious trappings of celebrity; rather, they appreciate having their work seen, more than themselves seen. We discovered that crews who work together often feel like families – that the members may be even more of a true family than the one at home (if they even have a home).Art is everywhere, and inside most people there is a creative spark that often gets snuffed out. I wanted to use that spark to poke around. I wanted to show that there are many ways to be an artist, to express yourself, to live a full life, despite hardships and pain. I wanted to show the basic truth I uncovered: that the process itself can be the thing that sustains you.
About The Authors:
Julie Chibbaro and Jean-Marc Superville Sovak are the husband and wife duo behind Into the Dangerous World (Viking 2015). Julie Chibbaro was born into a family of artists, and also married one. She grew up in NYC during the explosion of graffiti art. She has written two historical novels, Redemption, which won the American Book Award, and Deadly, which won the National Jewish Book Award. JM Superville Sovak is half-Trini, half-Czech, half-Canadian. His fourth half is spent making art, for which he earned his M.F.A. from Bard College in NY. They both live in Beacon, NY.
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