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Dear Emma,

Hello, fellow writer/illustrator. I thought this was a great beginning to a probably amazing webcomic (I have only read the first two episodes or whatever you call them).

I heard about you via the Stone Soup website as I go on it frequently. A video, called “Painting a Stone Soup Illustration”, is on there. I watched it and thought you were really good. I myself have submitted two stories to Stone Soup, one was not accepted but the other I am waiting to hear back from.

I love to read, write, and doodle. I mostly draw people as I am not that good at drawing other things. I write fantasties and adventures, some friendships and others I don’t know what to call them! I hope we can chat soon, though I am much younger than you.
Sofia 10/30/13 responder
Hi Sofia, thank you for writing this comment! I'm really happy you found my work through Stone Soup, I still treasure my days of writing for the magazine. I hope you hear back about your story soon! I would love to see some of your drawings and stories. If you want to email them to me, you can click on the "contact me" on the about page and we can chat more! Thanks again!
 Emma  11/7/13 responder
 
That is so cute! I mean, "No dogs on bicycles"!
Izzy (Isabella) 10/12/13 responder
I'm really glad you like it! I thought this was a nice, subtle introduction to Chapel's character.
 Emma  11/7/13 responder
 
hey, 99 comments!! this means I'm # 100!!! Wooo!
Bubbleing Mud Heads 3/23/13 responder
YES! Thank you for your 100th comment!!
 Emma  3/23/13 responder
 
Hmmm... I'm liking this comic already!
Bubbleing Mud Heads 3/23/13 responder
Thank you so much, I'm glad you like my comic so far -- and I hope you keep reading and commenting!!
 Emma  3/23/13 responder
 
this is like a peak into the future right because chapel at this point in her story does not have rupert ,hasn't met fred, nor has she even heard of lady gaga
rowan rhed 3/10/13 responder
Yes...it's a little bit of subtle foreshadowing and a way to get readers acquainted with Chapel.
 Emma  3/10/13 responder
 
What happened to the original beginning? I liked it better
Izzy 2/21/13 responder
The original beginning is still there, this is just an added introduction strip!
 Emma  2/21/13 responder
 
I think that that is sooo funny!! I like monopoly too.
Yukibear 2/11/13 responder
Thank you! Monopoly is very slow to me, though...
 Emma  3/7/13 responder
 
This so funny! I love how Chapel competes with Fred and how she changes the sign to no dogs on bicycles allowed. Did you really go to a camp called Westwood Loop?
Stoat girl 2/8/13 responder
I didn't! It doesn't exist...
 Emma  3/7/13 responder
 
Hey I found your comic through nc comicon and I love it. I have already read the first collection. And I love one piece and doctor who!!
Fox 11/26/12 responder
Wow, I'm so glad you like it!!! Thank you for reading, I hope you keep enjoying my comics!
 Emma  11/26/12 responder
 
SCARED for LIFE... That sounds like what I would say!
Clockwork Wombat 10/10/12 responder
Ha ha!
 Emma  11/26/12 responder
Oh wait.. it said "scarred". My bad!
Clockwork Wombat 12/1/12 responder
 
Hi Emma. I have seen your work in Stone Soup and just found out about Chapel through Kiki Magazine. I love your work!!
Sunshine 9/26/12 responder
Thank you SO much! I'm so happy you like it, I hope you keep reading!
 Emma  10/6/12 responder
I’m a big Stone Soup fan and I read one or two of your stories. It was through the Nov./Dec. ’11 issue that I learnt of this website. It sounds very interesting! If I sign up for your Chapel newsletter, does that mean that I get to see your regular Friday comics on my e-mail? I plan to keep coming here! Keep up the great artwork!
Sahir. 9/27/13 responder
 
When are you going to have the Chapel drawing contest? Please answer, you haven't commented in a while.
Ellie 6/24/12 responder
The info for the contest is now posted on the Chapel facebook page! The deadline is October 14th!
 Emma  10/6/12 responder
 
Just wondering, why do you have free shipping for your Chapel items? I love it, but don't you have to pay to ship things out?
Ellie 6/19/12 responder
EMMA! You haven't commented in a long time!
Ellie 6/20/12 responder
I'm sorry, it's very hard to keep up with raising my puppy AND answering every single comment on this site! Yes, it does cost a small amount to ship things, but it's a courtesy I provide in exchange for you purchasing my work! :)
 Emma  6/20/12 responder
 
Can we send "fan mail" to your P.O. Box? I love Chapel!
Sallie 6/18/12 responder
Oh my gosh, I would absolutely ADORE that! My P.O. Box number is on the "Contact Us" button below, feel free to send whatever you'd like -- getting anything in the mail from my readers would be FANTASTIC!
 Emma  6/18/12 responder
Awesome! Expect a letter soon!
Sallie 6/18/12 responder
Ooh! I'll send something too!
Ellie 6/19/12 responder
Me three!
coco 6/20/12 responder
Oo kewl!
Clockwork Wombat 10/10/12 responder
 
Is there any way that we can preview the Chapel newsletter before we sign up for it? I want to see what it is like.
Sallie 6/18/12 responder
Hmm...I'll have to think of a way I can get you a preview! If you'd like, you can shoot me an email, and I can forward you the latest issue of the newsletter so you can get a taste for what it's like!
 Emma  6/18/12 responder
 
If you don't mind me asking, how did you create your comic book online?? i really want to make a comic book, but I can't find a format. Did you use Microsoft Word? Is there a certain website you use??
Maddy 6/18/12 responder
PLEASE RESPOND!!!!
Maddy 6/18/12 responder
I didn't create my comic book online, and I'm sorry to say that there aren't any pre-made formats or websites I would recommend. Nobody uses Microsoft Word for their comics -- they most often use professional image editing programs such as Photoshop CS5, which is what I use. Of course, you can easily draw your comics all on paper as well. If you want more detailled tips, you can always send me an email!
 Emma  6/18/12 responder
My dad has photoshop on his computer. How do you get photoshop cs5?
coco 6/20/12 responder
Coco, are you a girl or boy?
Ellie 6/20/12 responder
Photoshop CS5 is just a version of Photoshop -- he may have that version, or another one, it doesn't make a difference!
 Emma  6/20/12 responder
 
Hi Emma! I am a 10 year old writer, and my dream is to publish a book. How old were you when you published your first book? By the way you are so talented. Also, I LOVE STONE SOUP!!!!
Kenzie 6/13/12 responder
I've self-published various books -- at age 14 and 15, respectively. Self-publishing is the way to go in my opinion, as getting a publisher is a very difficult and arduous process at any age, but more so at a younger one. I got published in magazines starting at age 11, however, and continuing through to the present time period -- I've been published in about 25+ magazines multiple times so far.

If you want tips on publishing your work, feel free to email me! You can click the "Contact Us" button at the bottom of the page and I'll get back to you right away. :D
 Emma  6/13/12 responder
Thanks so much! I'm going to send some of my writing to Stone Soup also!
Kenzie 6/13/12 responder
Hey Emma!! Are you making a season three of the chapel chronicles?
Lily 6/17/12 responder
Yes! Season Three is the season we're currently in -- there is a book of Seasons 1 and 2, and Season 3 just began!
 Emma  6/17/12 responder
Awesome! Also, please have another Chapel drawing contest! I was a bit late for the one you had a while ago.
Maddy 6/18/12 responder
Oops! I saw the comment that was made on "Super Hero of Scrubs" I'm totally interested!
Maddy 6/18/12 responder
Also, is any of your work available at book stores? i.e. Barnes & Noble
Kenzie 6/13/12 responder
There are small comic stores that carry my work, but no Barnes and Noble type stores yet!
 Emma  6/13/12 responder
I'll probably order your volume 1 book later this week! By the way, i love free shipping!!!!
Kenzie 6/13/12 responder
Oh, thank you so much! It's so flattering to hear that you're going to buy it! Also, I hope you keep commenting on my comics -- there will be a new one in two days, because there's a new one on this website every Friday!
 Emma  6/13/12 responder
Woopie!!! 1 quick question... How do you get ideas for comics??? I want to start a comic book, but i'm terrible at thinking of funny things to say. Also, i just realized that on my computer my name came up as ella. Ooopps! I wonder what i did??
Kenzie 6/13/12 responder
Sorry for the late response! Unfortunately, it's hard for me to give tips on coming up with ideas for comics because I never have trouble with that. The best advice I can give you is read comic books you think are funny and listen to people in your life that you think are funny, and try to imitate the way they structure jokes! Not the jokes themselves, of course, but think about how they make things funny. Let me know if that helps!
 Emma  6/18/12 responder
You could also create a graphic novel. That doesn't have to be funny!
coco 6/20/12 responder
Good advice!
Ellie 6/20/12 responder
 
You took the dogs on bicycles from your Postcards poem, right?
Miss L.S.P 5/11/12 responder
Yes, I did! I'm surprised you caught that!
 Emma  10/6/12 responder
 
When did you start your comics?
Andrea 4/12/12 responder
I started them in March 2011 -- well, that's when I started Chapel, but I've been drawing comics for a long time before that!
 Emma  10/6/12 responder
 
I love the Chapel vs. Fred comics. They are soooo funny!
3/16/12 responder
Thank you so much! Chapel vs. Fred IS a particularly funny chapter...
 Emma  10/6/12 responder
 
out of all your chapel cartoons which is you favorite Emma?
Ginny Weasley fan 11/19/11 responder
I can't pick a favorite!
 Emma  11/19/11 responder
 
Hi! You are an awesome artist, cartoonist and writer!!!!I love Chapel! Great job!
11/14/11 responder
Thank you SO much! I'm glad you like Chapel and my other work!
 Emma  11/14/11 responder
You are really really good! I get Stone Soup and I have seen your illustrations they are wonderful!
Kelsey 3/25/12 responder
Thank you so much, Kelsey!
 Emma  10/6/12 responder
 
Hi! I just want to say that I love your Chapel comics! You are an amazing artist and writer! I found out about you through Stone Soup. Keep up the good work! =)
Katherine 11/12/11 responder
Oh, thanks so much! I'm flabbergasted by how many people came here from Stone Soup. I hope you keep reading!
 Emma  11/12/11 responder
I will!!!=)
Katherine 11/13/11 responder
Yay! A new strip gets published every Friday, so you can check back then!
 Emma  11/13/11 responder
Ok! Thank you so much!
Katherine 11/13/11 responder
No problem, and thanks for reading!
 Emma  11/13/11 responder
You're welcome! :)
Katherine 11/13/11 responder
If you don't mind me asking, how long have you had this website?
11/14/11 responder
I've had it since March, but the design is a lot more polished now!
 Emma  11/14/11 responder
That's cool!
Katherine 11/18/11 responder
Do you still get stone soup? I know it's probably not exactly your age level, but do you?
coco 4/20/12 responder
Yes, I still do!
 Emma  10/6/12 responder
 
Emma, I'm so glad you continued your wonderful short stories and illustrations online! To be honest, i think you are the best teen writer ever.
webkinz fan no.1 11/10/11 responder
Oh my gosh THANK YOU!!! This just turned my whole day around. The fact that you took the time to read my work and leave such a wonderful comment really means SO much to me. You have no idea! :)
 Emma  11/10/11 responder
 
So Chapel Smith likes Lady Gaga? That's a pity, but expected for one so young. I suggest for her to try out Sarah Brightman, especially her album "Dive". Sarah can out sing Gaga 10 times! Also i suggest for her to try out the band "Nightwish", they are also very good too.
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 11/7/11 responder
For the record, I (personally) really dislike Lady Gaga! I'll definitely look into some of the other artists you've recommended.
 Emma  11/7/11 responder
Who's Lady Gaga??????????
webkinz fan no.1 11/10/11 responder
A popular current singer who dresses up in the most outlandish costumes. I don't really like her, but Chapel (and my mom and most of my friends) do.
 Emma  11/10/11 responder
She's all right. I mean I'm not HUGE fan but one or two of her songs are ok. Her outfits on the other hand...My goodness, the are crazy sometimes!
coco 4/20/12 responder
Lady gaga would actually look pretty if she wore appropriate clothes... And a little less make-up.
Kenzie 6/13/12 responder
 
Chapel's dress is like her icon. like charlie brown's zigzag shirt in Peanuts!
Ginny Weasley fan 11/4/11 responder
Yep! I wanted to give her a signature look that harkened back to classic newspaper strip characters like Charlie Brown.
 Emma  11/4/11 responder
 
Meh.
Sauce 10/13/11 responder
Why meh?
 Emma  10/16/11 responder
and why sauce?
not saying it's bad....can you imagine a world without sauce?!?!?!
1/17/12 responder
The mysterious "sauce" commentator will forever elude us...
 Emma  1/17/12 responder
 
EMMATCAPPSEMMATCAPPSEMMATCAPPS!!!!!!!!!

hi
its alex
i love your art!!!!!!!!!
hi again
alexandrafuillfuillwatson 8/11/11 responder
Watson! FUILL! Hello once again, comrade! :)
 Emma  10/16/11 responder
EMMA...WHICH ARE YOU?
a) a creative artist
b) a talented author
c) an animal-lover, owner of 2+ pets
d) a science geek
e) a popstar in disguise
f) both a and b
g) c and b
h) ALL OF ABOVE!!!
PLEASE ANSWER!!! (Others can answer too. Oh, and I'm All of Above but d and e)
wacko#1 1/16/12 responder
I'm a, (somewhat) b, and c.
Ginny Weasley fan 1/22/12 responder
Actually really all of the above exept d and e.
Ginny Weasley fan 3/20/12 responder
All of the above exept D and E. I guess I could say same as Ginny Weasly fan.
coco 4/20/12 responder
I'm probably a,b,c,and i guess 1/2 of d.
butterflyer 5/28/12 responder
sorry! i wrote the first one and did not see it.
butterflyer 5/28/12 responder
I'm b. That's pretty much it. Sort of a, i guess.
Kenzie 6/13/12 responder
I'm i guess a,b,c and sort of half g.
butterflyer 5/28/12 responder
ignore the comment above.
butterflyer 5/28/12 responder
I'm a, b, c (well, I am an animal lover, but I can't have pets because my dad's allergic), f, and g! Oh, and obviously e, of course :P
 Emma  1/22/12 responder
 
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