Adapted and scripted by Jon Lewis, pencilled by James Kochalka, and inked by Tom Hart, Monica's Story takes the reader from Bill and Monica's first stolen glances to the turmoil, tumult and tears of their breakup. The net proceeds from this project will benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), a non-profit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to the preservation of First Amendment rights for creators and retailers in the comics community.
Kochalka and Hart's cartoony, expressive artwork cuts to the heart of the matter, and the story unfolds in a show-don't-tell manner far removed from the narrative-heavy style common to most comic book adaptations of the past. "As a mass of raw data, the Starr Report is bleak and impersonal," said Alternative Comics publisher Jeff Mason, "These guys have turned it into something dramatic and rather touching."
The simple eyecatching artwork depicts the rather explicit subject matter in a tasteful R-rated fashion and lends the characters an unexpected innocence. "Readers will find themselves sympathizing with a couple of characters they thought they had run out of all sympathy for," said Mason, "in contrast with most 'pulled-from-the-headlines' comics that play up the sleaze and go for a photorealistic look, Monica's Story is a bold, refreshingly honest read."
"I flesh out the dialogue to make it sound more natural," said Jon Lewis, the critically-acclaimed comics writer who adapted the Starr Report into the script for Monica's Story, "but other than that it remains absolutely faithful to the Report. It's just a matter of selecting the crucial sequences and crafting them into a flowing, engaging romance. I don't take a satirical tone... the thing is hilarious already, so a deadpan, unironic presentation works best."