Official Press Release
(New York, NY) – The February installment of Friends of Lulu-New York‘s successful “Women and Comics” series features two up-and-coming comics writers known for their work on the Powerpuff Girls comics line, among other things. The program will take place on February 12, 2002 at 7 PM at Bluestockings women’s bookstore and café, 172 Allen Street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
February’s discussion will feature the tag-team of Jennifer Keating (aka Jennifer Moore) and Abby Denson. Abby has created several of her own comics (Tough Love, Night Club, The Koi Fish, SPOL, Jamie Starr Teen Drag Queen) and has also written scripts for several licensed properties (The Powerpuff Girls, Disney Adventures, Rocket Power Comics). She also rocks out regularly with her bands MZ. PAKMAN and LET’S AUDIO! Jennifer is an anime & manga fan from way back, who made her freelance debut reviewing videos and conventions for Animerica magazine. Since then, she’s gone on to write feature articles for Wizard magazine and has collaborated with longtime friend and wrangler Sean Carolan on comic scripts for DC Comics’ Looney Tunes, Animaniacs, Cow & Chicken and Dexter’s Laboratory titles. Currently, Jennifer continues to write for Looney Tunes and The Powerpuff Girls comics, and shares a story concept credit with Sean on the upcoming Powerpuff Girls TV episode “Stray Bullet,” scheduled to air in the not-too-distant-future. Her most recent solo effort is a two-page story for DC Comics’ 9-11 tribute anthology, with art by Jill (Scary Godmother) Thompson.
The debut of “Women and Comics,” on January 8, 2002, was a great success! DC Comics editor Joan Hilty spoke to a standing-room-only audience about the state of women professionals in today’s comic industry, and answered enthusiastic questions for over half an hour! “Women and Comics” is designed to showcase the wide variety of women working in all aspects of comic books and comic strips to interested female readers in a positive, women-focused environment. The discussions take place on the second Tuesday of each month throughout 2002.
Future discussions will feature “Six Chix” cartoonist Isabella Bannerman; Jane Fisher (whose comic WJHC was part of the Ms. Foundation’s merchandise line for Take Our Daughters to Work Day 2001); Oxygen.com artist Phoebe Gloeckner (debuting her graphic novel The Diary of a Teenaged Girl); comics pioneer Hilda Terry, who broke the gender barrier at the National Cartoonists Society in 1947; and science fiction author Rachel Pollack, creator/writer of Time Breakers, who has also written Tomahawk, Doom Patrol and New Gods for DC Comics.
The “Women in Comics” series is also supported by the New York Comic Book Museum, which will be conducting interviews with series discussion leaders as part of their year-long examination of Women in Comics.
Friends of Lulu is a national nonprofit organization whose purpose is to promote and encourage female readership and participation in the comic book industry. More information on the New York chapter’s activities can be found at www.friends-lulu-nyc.org.