Aside from the 100 illustrations in I'd Rather Be Short, there were heaps of sketches, exploratory doodles and really ugly blog posts, pre-book deal days. The above drawings didn't make the cut (kind of.) The left represents a Never Nude in the shower and while my editor is a fan of Arrested Development, she thought the reference was too narrow for a mainstream audience. We ended up cropping so the image is waist up (page 72). The kicks on the right reference how much cheaper it is to be able to buy kids' shoes. This point was cut in the early stages of editing due to the similarity to page 4, being able to wear kids' clothes.
These drawings were a couple of the earliest—even before I started posting to the blog. They made it into the book, but not without some serious copy editing. Reading it feels like watching a nostalgic 50's sitcom. Cheesy, but endearing that it must have been comical (to somebody) at the time. The image on the right has a girl holding a gun (that appears to be a gas pump?) I replaced it with a sword during a final round of edits in December after the Newtown shooting occurred. Publishing a gun joke didn't sit right.
Here are a couple more images I'm thankful didn't make it past the sketchbook. The left is supposed to be a diagram depicting how food seems bigger for small people. The only thing it does for me is want to ask the tall girl how she swallowed a martini glass whole, and where I can get the short girl's sports bra. The scary faceless gal on the right has some seriously tiny feet, I just noticed. This was an early sketch about tall chores (or lack thereof.) I like what actually made that page—an ode to Twin Peaks (coffee, pie, red walls, chevron rug, eye patch, owl art.)
Of course, now I must advise you to buy the book for yourself as well as your short best friend. It's not even $9 on Amazon and what better way to tell a shorty that you love them than showering them with 100 reasons?