My name is Dani Jones. I am a children’s book illustrator and comic creator. I am making a graphic novel based on Louisa May Alcott’s classic book Little Women. The goal of this web page is to share my thoughts and process as I create the book and get it published.

Sample Pages

“A Merry Christmas” short comic

Kickstarter project samples

Process Blog

For up-to-date news, progress, and behind-the-scenes art, go here.

My aim is to create this book for a middle grade audience, around the ages of 8-12. Little Women is one of my favorite books, and I would love to introduce young audiences to it in hopes that they will come to love it as much as I do.

Who am I, and why should I draw this book?

Besides my love for Little Women, I am an experienced illustrator and comic artist. I’ve been published in several picture books, my most recent works having been both written and illustrated by myself and published by Stan Lee’s Kids Universe (http://danidraws.com/monsters-vs-kittens). I have created and self-published several comic stories (e.g. http://www.frostythegourdman.com) and maintain a regular webcomic (http://www.mysisterthefreak.com). You can find out everything about me and my work at danidraws.com.

Other Sample Art

Here’s some more sketches and concept art I’ve made over the years.

Why I Want To Make a Little Women Graphic Novel

In short, it is my favorite book. Ever. I have been in love with Little Women since I was a teenager. I have two sisters of my own, so I very much related to story of the March sisters and their various trials as they grew up.

One thing that has consistently irked me however, is how the book is marketed. This story is meant for young girls, yet the design of various adaptations continues to be dated, dull, and old-fashioned. Other beloved kid/teen stories like Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, Pride & Prejudice, Lord of the Rings, and Treasure Island can be seen in beautifully produced books, comics, illustrations, blockbuster movies, parodies, cartoons, and merchandise. Little Women has not been utilized so greatly. It’s gotten a couple of good movie adaptations, the most recent of which is now over 15 years old; a tepid Broadway musical came and went; and while the book has been reprinted many times, most of the editions are quite frankly, boring to look at. Almost all of them look like they belong in an antique store.

What you might find in a bookstore today:

I think that it is a shame that Little Women hasn’t gotten as much attention over the years as other stories, which is why I want to make a graphic novel version that is fun, accessible, and attractive to kids (and distinguishing adults).

The Little Women Graphic Novel Project on Kickstarter

In August 2012, I attempted to fund the printing of a small book to collect a portion of my Little Women work and provide a collectible for my fellow LW fans. Alas, the book reached a respectable 89% of the funding goal, but not enough to print the book. However, you can still view the project with its fabulous feedback and wonderful backers. I still update the page with news if you’d like to follow it.

View the Kickstarter project here: http://kck.st/QKaCOV

Do YOU want me to draw the Little Women graphic novel?

Please leave a quick comment as a gesture of your approval! The goal of this webpage is to promote the book and show that there IS a demand for it. I would like to get as much feedback as possible, get in touch with other fans of this book, and show the world that there are plenty of Little Women readers out there. Hit the comment box below!

Contact Info

If you have an inquiry regarding the Little Women project, or would like to talk about something else, you are welcome to contact me at dani@danijones.com. (Full contact info)

Thanks to all for helping me make this happen!


Please leave a comment!

69 Responses to “The Little Women Graphic Novel Project”

  1. I love this idea! Can’t wait for the kickstarter! :D

  2. Sara Turner says:

    I have always loved this classic. You’re a perfect fit to bring this project to life. Can’t wait to see it!

  3. Blythe says:

    This is going to be great, Dani! So excited for it :D

  4. Sarah says:

    this is one of my fave books too and your graphic interpretation is looking fab- put me down for a copy!!! :o)

    Sarah x

  5. rtisticgirldc says:

    Great idea! I’ve tweeted the page info. Hope it helps! :D

  6. Carin Marais says:

    I love the idea – and the artwork so far. It’s great that the book is coming from someone with a real love for the original work. Can’t wait to see how this project grows!

  7. Mary Z says:

    this looks great! I’ll be watching your progress!

  8. Jamie Forrest says:

    I cannot express how excited this made me to see on Twitter this morning! Good luck and I will definitely be following along with your progress.

  9. Charmaine says:

    This is such a great idea. Love your sample pages. I never read Little Women (like you said, it comes off as boring), so I’d be interested in a more appealing graphic novel treatment!

  10. Lori says:

    Awesome! I’m a fan of the book (and Little Men and Jo’s Boys) — will watch this page. As I told you on G+, I dramatized the first 2 chapters for a Christmas show, and it was well-received. My young girls playing the roles of Beth and Amy both read the book and enjoyed it.

  11. This book is going to be great! Love the warmth in the illustrations and the style just lends itself so well! Keep up the good work!

  12. mike says:

    You are PERFECT for this Dani! Really hope you’re able to make it happen.

  13. abelincolnjr says:

    i would LOVE to gift this to my 11 year old daughter please kickstart it if you need to itd be fantastic!

  14. InkPuddle says:

    My fourth grade teacher read Little Women aloud to my class (along with other books like The Hobbit, and The Witch of Blackbird Pond, and many more), so it holds a special place in my heart. Looking forward to seeing it develop.

  15. Troy Jensen says:

    Excited to hear you’re starting a new project!
    And I think you’ll do an excellent job with Little Women. Just in the small samples you’ve shown the kind of vibrant more youthful style that I think will be very well suited to what you’re trying to do. I haven’t read the book myself in years, but this will be awesome now for my own daughter in a couple of years. Look forward to following along with your progress!

  16. Vamsee says:

    Always loved your artwork. Go Dani go!

  17. This is going to be a wonderful project! I wish you all the best as you bring your style, ability, and creativity to a classic story. You go! Dani!

  18. Eagle Levy says:

    Ever since I was in the 5th grade I’ve loved Little Women! And as much as I’ve tried to suggest the book to other people, they often shrug it off as an old classic that is too tedious to read. This project of yours is very exciting! I can’t wait to share it with friends, maybe then they’ll appreciate the story as much as I have! (:

  19. Trish says:

    I would love to see this — bringing back memories :)

  20. Liz says:

    I’m really excited you are doing this! Love Little Women and your art!

  21. I love this idea, Dani! I, too have always loved this book, and was so excited to go buy a copy for one of my young nieces. You are so right about how boring they looked! I was kind of let down that my excitement for the book probably didn’t translate to my niece after she saw the cover. You are perfect to bring this story back so this generation doesn’t miss out on a great story!!

  22. Erick Reilly says:

    I would definitely be interested in reading this!

  23. I love this idea. I’m a librarian, and I know your project would bring LW to many young readers who would otherwise not be interested. Best wishes!

  24. mohamed says:

    i have to say that i respect your art , and your talent , and i hope in one day i could be as creative as you ,thanks and good luck

  25. Such a wonderful classic. You be the perfect person to bring this project to life.

  26. Wow! Dani what a marvelous illustrations… children will love to read your books they are really beautifully illustrated..

  27. Celeste says:

    Do it! it will be fantastic!

  28. I can’t WAIT to have the kickstarter campaign kick off and I can’t wait to pledge to it. I’m a huge fan of your work AND this book. The pages here are just fantastic! Rock Kickstarter with this!

  29. Rani Bean says:

    I love this book and am so excited for your graphic novel.
    It is looking incredible already and I can’t wait to see more!

  30. Scott says:

    I’d love to have this in my house. My daughters (2 and 4) love comics and it would be great for me or my wife to read this to them.

  31. This looks fantastic! I seriously can not wait for this. Little Women was one of the first books I read as a kid, and I’m so glad you are doing this–it’s going to be awesome!

  32. Wendy says:

    This is a terrific idea. I know a number of “stubborn readers” who shy away from books without pictures and love graphic novels. It’s the story that matters, not how it’s conveyed.

  33. Tanya says:

    Marvelous! As I child I loved time-period stories, but only a few had the illustrative arwork that led me to them. The line and texture of your art adds an energy that existing books are lacking, yet isn’t so modern as to distract from the era of the story.

  34. Jason says:

    Great stuff, lovely idea – all the best with the project, Dani.

  35. Heather says:

    These are really warm and wonderful drawings and I think you are the perfect artist to bring this story alive for the new generation of its readers. Good luck!

  36. Gina Perry says:

    This looks like an amazing project for you AND us lucky future readers. I’d love to support this!

  37. This looks fantastic!

  38. Stephanie says:

    I loved this book as a kid! I’m glad to see that people still love the classics! Can’t wait to see all the wonderful work on this project!

  39. Kellie says:

    Way to go Dani!!! So very exciting!!!

  40. Drew Blom says:

    Dani this is gorgeous. I love the idea and wish you well.

  41. Kelli Doubek says:

    I love this idea!

  42. Ressa says:

    What a great idea, Dani! I will be happy to support the Kickstartr project.

  43. Shanda says:

    This is awesome! You are super talented, I know this will be a success for you! Good Blessings to you!

  44. I have never read Little Women, but I KNOW I would if you were to make it into a graphic novel. Can’t wait to see it :)

  45. Anna J. Boll says:

    I love this idea and am a little shocked that it hasn’t been done yet. (Female author?) Your color and composition are just beautiful! (small crit comment, the large white dialogue bubbles are a little intrusive) Good luck, good luck, good luck!

  46. Ken Marciniak says:

    Lookin’ good, Dani! Love the colors! Your artwork always has such warmth and personality! Good luck!

  47. This is such an exciting idea! I can’t wait to see this – it’s going to be amazing. Your art is an inspiration.

  48. NANA & BUMPA says:

    We love it Dani, You are so talented!!! We’ll be anxious to get a copy. Best of Luck on this project.

  49. Laura and Larry says:

    We love you and your work Dani. Can’t wait to be able to purchase it:)

  50. Tami says:

    Your style is so perfect for this story. It was one of my favorites as a teen, as well. Best of luck on the project. I know you’ll do great!

  51. Oh, where is the love button. What a great idea!

  52. Aunt Kim says:

    You’re right Dani, and you’re just the person for this project. Your artwork and ideas are truly amazing. Love this idea!!

  53. Suparna says:

    YES! YES! Can you also make one for – Anne of Green Gables?

    • Alena says:

      Good idea, but let’s wait until she’s done with this project to start begging and pleading. Don’t want her to get loaded down and quit.

  54. Lynette says:

    Love it! You’re absolutely NOTHING without limes! Make it happen, I want to read it!

  55. Anita says:

    It looks really great, Dani.
    Hope you’ll get it published, and that your Kickstarter project will be a huge success!

  56. Alena says:

    Gesture of my approval =]

  57. Leticia says:

    Hi, i’m from Brazil . I love this book so much and i cant wait for this graphic novel. I’ts a great idea, congratulations !

  58. shirley says:

    Go, Dani, Go! Awesome illustrations, and I’m sending my support in your efforts to get this novel off the ground! : )

  59. Debbie Sweren says:

    Three cheers to you Dani and your fabulous attitude! So happy to hear you are not discouraged, cause we all love what you are doing. I for one am so looking forward to your continued posts.
    Grateful Backer.

  60. Ru says:

    Oh wow. I am so sorry i missed your KS because you have a great idea and such great talent. i was going through your site like WOW. i wish i could have contributed so you could hit your goal. I would have told some like minded librarian lady friends i hang with and i know they would have become supporters and fans like i already am.
    i know im babbling but WOW at you and your work! Take care and stay encouraged.
    :-)

  61. Jolene Molloy says:

    I gave to the kickstarter campaign and was so disappointed when it it didn’t succeed. Would love to get a copy when it is published. Keep up the good work.

  62. mohamed says:

    Thanks for all the beautiful art you represent in all your stories , I am a very beginner artist and I hope one day, I could draw like you , I get inspired by your art , I wish you achieve all your goals , thanks and best wishes for you

  63. fifi says:

    can you please send me a complete copy of this graphic novel? thanks

  64. Hanna says:

    I’m so sad I didn’t learn about this until just now, long after the Kickstarted ended! I hope you are still working on the project, I would love to buy a copy whenever you finish. The pages you have posted here look fantastic!

  65. Sharon T. says:

    Ahhh! This is wonderful! You must continue. Keep a brave heart and continue your journey. I have a feeling wonderful things could happen for this project.

  66. Kasia says:

    I simply love this idea! Little Women has always had a very special place in my heart, and I would love for it to grow more popular in the minds of teenage girls everywhere. When this gets published, I will definitely buy it!

  67. autumn says:

    Please please complete your project. i’ll be lining up to buy a copy for my daughter and nieces

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