When I was but a wee lad (OK, a teenager), I was absolutely in love with Jane Wiedlin. I grew up on the Go-Go’s, even went to one of their concerts way back when and always thought Jane was the coolest of the bunch. My teenage crush was very real and I recall once thinking, “You know, maybe one day Jane and I might marry and that’ll be great because she won’t really have to change her last name because Wiedlin and Weiland really aren’t all that different!”
You have to love the naivete of youth.
30 years after the band first formed, Wiedlin still tours with the Go-Go’s. When she’s not touring, she pursues a voice acting career with appearances on “King of the Hill,” “Pinky and the Brain” and others, appeared as one of the cast of VH1’s “The Surreal Life” and fronts a new Jazz project called “Jane Wiedlin and the Downtown Sensation.”
But you might be asking yourself, “What does any of this have to do with comics?”
Wiedlin has serious geek cred. She loves “Star Trek” and “Star Wars” and even appeared in “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.” She appeared in the classic slacker film “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.” And she’s working on a comic, as revealed for the first time in the following interview – loosely based on herself, the comic will be drawn by her friend Bill Morrison and feature her in space. As a dominatrix.
A space dominatrix.
Wiedlin boarded the CBR Boat Show Friday afternoon during Comic-Con and we spoke about her appearance at the show, touring with the band, the comic and much more. I think you’ll enjoy this interview. It’s a keeper.
The CBR Boat Show is sponsored by the New York Comic Con, April 18th – 20th, 2008.