Becca Hillburn creates children’s comic books from her experiences with the hope to have a positive impact on society. Becca focuses on creating stories that not only provide opportunities for escapism, but also to use her experiences to create a lens for the readers to view the world from another perspective. In her latest comic, 7” Kara Vol. 2, Kara is a tiny girl in a world of giants. She is impulsive, emotional, and mostly happy.
As someone who is ADHD, Becca designed Kara to reflect the best that ADHD has to offer—outgoing, gregarious, and charismatic; Kara’s impulsivity is often charming and allows her to engage with a potentially scary and dangerous world in a positive way. She is loved for who she is and what she has to offer, something that many children with ADHD do not get to experience.
Becca painted 7” Kara by hand. This lush watercolor middle-grade graphic novel series focuses on the unlikely friendship between the eponymous Lilliputian lass and a lonely human teen. Becca places a strong focus on finding common ground despite differences as well as challenging toxic family relationships and broken power dynamics. Becca uses the size differences in 7” Kara to demonstrate how the strong, even when working with the best intentions, can have a serious negative impact on the marginalized.