We have written a story about the union of the United States and Canada into a new country: the United States of North America. As Canadians, this is not a future we would personally embrace. From our perspective we feel that the core values of our two countries are substantively different.
I had spent a whole afternoon scribbling on the entry hall wall, up the staircase wall and onto the second floor sitting room wall. In those days, the discipline of choice for Chinese families was the bamboo cane feather duster. That too, I remember painfully well.
So it is with much affection that I open and dedicate my graphic novel, Escape to Gold Mountain, to Granny with her words: "David! Stop drawing on the walls! When you grow up, you had better still not be drawing cartoons!"