IF ANYTHING HAPPENS I LOVE YOU
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If Anything Happens I Love You Hardcover – September 27, 2022
by Will McCormack (Author), Michael Govier (Author), Youngran Nho (Illustrator)
Unimaginable loss yields to the power of human connection in this simple, moving story from the filmmakers of the eponymous Oscar-winning film.
An elegy on grief.
"Heavy pain exquisitely rendered." Kirkus Starred Review
Based on the Academy Award-winning animated short by the same name, If Anything Happens I Love You is a young adult graphic novel that follows two parents as they reckon with the loss of their young daughter, Rose, in a school shooting. Readers follow Rose from “above” as she watches her parents slowly break down under the weight and pain of their loss. Throughout the novel, Rose’s soul seeks to help her parents reconnect. We learn who Rose was and how much life she lived in her short time. By incorporating a wide range of characters, her boyfriend, teacher, and her cat, Rose is able to introduce healing into the lives of the people she left behind. If Anything Happens I Love You may be a story about loss, but in it we see ourselves—in the grief, the pain, and, most importantly, in the fight toward human connection, love, and acceptance.
About the Author
Will McCormack is an author, screenwriter, producer, director and actor.
He recently won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film for IF ANYTHING HAPPENS I LOVE YOU which he co wrote and co directed with Michael Govier - a film about parents grieving the death of their daughter killed in a school shooting. The film is currently streaming on Netlfix.
As a writer, Will was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER, co written with Rashida Jones. Other writing credits include TOY STORY 4 and A to Z on NBC. He’s currently adapting Neal Shusterman’s novel CHALLENGER DEEP for Disney Plus
Will and his producing partner Rashida Jones produce the hit show CLAWS on TNT. They also produce KEVIN CAN F HIMSELF, a new series on AMC starring Annie Murphy.
As an actor Will won a Lucille Lortel award for his performance in Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Paula Vogel’s play “A LONG CHRISTMAS RIDE HOME”. He has appeared in dozens of films and TV shows including THE SOPRANOS and BROTHERS AND SISTERS.
Michael Govier is an author, director, screenwriter, actor, playwright, and producer.
He won an Academy Award in 2021 for the short animated film IF ANYTHING HAPPENS I LOVE YOU with his co-creator Will McCormack - a film about parents grieving the death of their daughter killed in a school shooting. The film can be seen currently on Netflix.
He is presently working on an animated feature film and another animated short.
As an actor Michael played Eugene in the film Eugene directed by Spencer Susser and produced by Roman Coppola, The Directors Bureau and Blue Tongue Films. He has been on This is Us on NBC, Dollface on Amazon, Just Add Magic on Amazon, Alex Inc. on ABC, and reoccurring roles on Conan on TBS. He has appeared in dozens of national commercials, numerous short films, in many stage plays and live improvised shows.
As a playwright Michael has written many stage plays including The King’s Proposal, which was Highly Recommended in the Chicago Reader and Critics Pick in Time Out Chicago. He has just finished his newest play Hamlet’s Dead? You can follow him on Instagram @drgovier
Animation Director / Animator / Storyboard artist
Growing up in S. Korea, Youngran moved to Los Angeles, CA to study at CalArts from 2014-2017. Since graduating, she has been working as a freelance animator / director. Her works include the "LayBack" animated music video featuring the artists Lo/Hi and a short animated film based on Ian Urbina's journal "The Outlaw Ocean".
Her recent work involved her working as the animation director for the short film "If Anything Happens I Love You", directed by William McCormack and Michael Govier. Currently, Youngran is currently storyboarding on the upcoming animated feature starring Jamie Foxx called "Groove"
Since she was little, she used to draw cartoons on sketchbooks and share them with their friends. It was so fascinating to her that her cartoons made people smile, laugh, and cry. It became her dream to be an animation director to deliver messages within her stories to people through her films.
In addition to her job, Youngran is also working on a script for her own independent film.
Publisher : Andrews McMeel Publishing (September 27, 2022)
Language : English
Hardcover : 64 pages
ISBN-10 : 152487325X
ISBN-13 : 978-1524873257
Reading age : 12 years and up
Grade level : 7 - 9
Item Weight : 11.7 ounces
Dimensions : 6.8 x 0.5 x 8.1 inches