I changed the Andersen story a little - I'm hardly the first to do this to an Andersen, as any Disney aficionado could tell you - because when I was really little, I read it shortly after reading A Christmas Carol by Dickens and thought the Little Match-Seller Girl and Mister Scrooge existed in the same continuity. I remember being upset that Scrooge, after a whole life of being awful, got this wonderful new lease on life after the intervention of three ghosts while this poor little girl got three hallucinations before dying of cold in the streets. Anyway, I decided to put a little Dickens into the story by laying out her past, present, and future in her hallucinations. It was a neat little way to give our protagonist a context. Unfortunately, it didn't make the story any happier, and the Andersen version won out in the end.
Either way, I hope you enjoy it.
*I went to a workshop in 2015 at the Light Grey Art Lab in Minneapolis taught by the very talented and hard-working illustrators Sam Bosma and Kali Ciesemeier. I made some changes based on their advice and kind suggestions. I'm hoping to eventually add color to this project, among other things. Since I'm putting it up for free every winter, please bear with me while the project evolves from year to year. And it's my personal hope that you enjoy seeing how the pages evolve.
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