Vankin sees her debut book as, “On the surface, a ‘party noir’ about Hollywood nightlife. At its heart, it’s also a story about identity, finding your tribe in life, and self acceptance — the three main characters are all, in their own quirky ways, on a journey of self discovery.”
That self-discovery takes the protagonists through a smorgasbord of fakery and misdirection. One character is paid to pretend to be a guest at parties; another, after being “parachuted” into a mansion in Arcadia where a lawyer pretends to be her guardian, tells her parents in Taiwan that she’s attending high school. A tattoo parlor turns out to be a secret underground speakeasy, a gang thug is really a poetry-reading mensch, and an eagle soaring across the sky is, on closer inspection, a plastic kite. The central plot development is a faux-kidnapping — or is it? — which takes a post-modern digital detour when the kidnapper/kidnappee records her own video ransom note on her cell phone — and then cc’s herself!
Poseurs is squarely aimed at the young adult female demo, and its two female protagonists are terrific. “What particularly appealed to me about Poseurs was the opportunity to work on a story about young women (teens, really) that focused more on drama and had nothing to do with superheroics,” Mays says. “Superhero outfits are nice, but I tend to enjoy dressing characters in cool clothes — like people.”
Vankin’s other love — L.A. and its nightlife — informs her satire with affection, and leads us, gently, to the awareness that we’re all poseurs on the proverbial path to self-knowledge. How could Hollywood, or anyone else, say “no” to that?
I had a suspicion when this was solicited that it was supposed to be a Minx book. With New York Five and Poseurs coming out this year, could we (please?) be having a YA comics revival? :D?
Joan Cooper Bacchus Maynard was a boss. She was an art director at McGraw-Hill in the ’60s, and thus had a more “respectable” job than Jack Kirby ever did. She cared deeply about black history and making sure children knew it, both by writing and drawing for Golden Legacy biographical comics and by spearheading the preservation of Weeksville. And I am 99% sure that she contributed to the only issue of All-Negro Comics in 1947 (and I have e-mailed the History Detectives to help me close that gap— fingers crossed!)
Hang on a minute— Alitha Martinez? You mean, the artist on The Mask in the Iron Man, one of my favorite Iron Man arcs? FANTASTIC. (BTW, why doesn’t she get more work? Get on that, oh followers of mine in the biz!)
So, I finally started reading Templar, Arizona. OMG you guys, I really don’t have the time to get sucked into a long-narrative webcomic, but the first arc is sooo good. And dammit, so is SPQR Blues! I am never going to get any sleep again.
Felicia D. Henderson is also a boss. Her career is amazing, and I really really hope she gets that Girl Genius movie made. And I will be looking forward to her run on Static! (Only wish Dwayne McDuffie was going to be around to read it too ;_;)
JASIKA NICOLE MAKES ADORABLE COMICS ABOUT DRINKING WINE OUT OF TEACUPS WITH KANYE.
28 days is really too short to celebrate all of these women, and the ones I didn’t even get to. Not to mention, how many don’t even have wiki pages yet. But that is the point of the month— to learn about the accomplishments of African-Americans, and also the rest of the diaspora, to reflect on (as someone put it on Awesome Shit Women Did) what’s gotten left out of the textbooks, and to go forth with new awareness of the world we live in. I’ll be damned if that list doesn’t get filled out by next year (and of course, you all can help!), and I would love to see it grow— either by new talent or rediscovery of creators past.
Next up: Women’s History Month! Gee, I hope I can think of something to do there.
This is why I love doing this. I thought that it would be next to impossible to find out which Golden Age creators were queer or women of color, but I’ve now found one lesbian, one black creator who probably worked during the Golden Age (Joan Cooper Bacchus Maynard), and one probably-Asian letterer who worked for Fawcett (Helen Chou). But that information is out there, you just need to look for it!
Ok, at long last I’ve had time to put this up—only to have Tumblr crash and take half of it with it. But I finally reconstructed it! Voting will still end Monday night (well, Tuesday morning) at 12AM EST. So no dawdling, vote and spread the word ASAP! (ETA: FIXED THE WRITERS’ POLL!)
In case you missed or forgot this (don’t know how you could!) but Kelly Sue DeConnick and Jen Van Meter asked to be withdrawn from the tournament, and I honored their request. They are awesome women and I thank them for their input.
Industry vet Jo Chen took this round, but I wouldn’t put it past Zullo to catch up in a few years!
I can’t help but think that Katie Cook’s Princess Leia that was going around last week might have contributed to her fantastic win!
Machismo satire wins over fantastical porn— Kelly Turnbull takes this round.
Another proud part of Milestone’s legacy takes this round’s coloring contest. Congrats Noelle Giddings!
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