Happy 2014! Who knows when I’ll ever be on the same pages with Danticat, Wolitzer, Eugenides, Moody et al again, so I’m thrilled to be a part of this project. My contribution is an illustrated essay about the 1987 March on Washington for Lesbian & Gay Rights and the groundbreaking Brown publication that came out of it. Look for it from Simon & Schuster in May.
I’m psyched for this panel; Kate is totally plugged into past and present female comics influence, and we’re going to get into that big time. Bring your posse, enthusiasm, and questions.
I’m absolutely thrilled that Gone to Amerikay has made the cut for Houghton Mifflin’s Best American Comics anthology this year. The only original work from DC or Marvel to do so, I might add.
I’d known Colleen Doran through the complex but tight community of women in mainstream comics for a while, and finally had the pleasure of working with her and Keith Giffen on Reign of the Zodiac, and when she brought this pitch to me and ordered me to read Derek McCulloch’s Stagger Lee (currently being adapted to the stage by Tony Award winning talent), I couldn’t pass it up. Dark, romantic, and cutting with equal complexity across three eras of immigrant dreams with total ease.
Shooters, an excellent GN I acquired that was based on a true story about Army men turned military contractors, has won a Prism Award from the Entertainment Industries Council, and while we’re not as cool as Nurse Jackie or Silver Linings Playbook and thus don’t show up in the PR, I got your proof right here.
I’ve covered most of my BEA impressions via my personal and affiliate Facebook pages and Twitter; to quote Jami Attenberg, “This is the fifth place to find me on the Internet. Please don’t tell me I need a sixth.”
But…I stumbled into the YA Editors Buzz panel Thursday morning just in time to hear about If You Could Be Mine, and got really excited. YA fiction about girl-on-girl romance and the drama/politics of gender reassignment in Iran. How cool is that? August 2013.
Whoa! Where’d the spring go? This is inexcusable. Okay. Let’s do the lightning-round update:
• Bitter Girl is on indefinite hiatus. You can, however, read and comment on the full run through September 2012 in the Archives. Please do.
• I’ve been a lousy site custodian in part because I’ve been badgering my 5E and Powderkeg colleagues into social media, in a “do as I say, not as I do” way, apparently. Still, I’ve got to pimp them here.
• At this point I’m sure that social media will be the death of personal blogs. Until it is, though, I promise to post regularly, starting with daily all this week during Book Expo. No, I really mean it this time.
All right, I think that covers it.
It only seems right to finally update this blog on the eve of the Mayan Apocalypse. In short, the site is overgoing major changes over the holidays and I look forward to bringing you up to speed on everything right after the New Year. In the meantime, please follow me on Facebook, Twitter, pgturn.com and…Google, I guess. Happy holidays!