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Absolute Truth-ish: Romano talks “Gossip Whore”

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Absolute Truth-ish: Romano talks “Gossip Whore”
“Gossip Whore” is live on MySpace Comic Books

“Ann Romano: Gossip Whore” is one of this month’s featured stories on MySpace Dark Horse Presents, and the writer and the titular character are one and the same. CBR News spoke with gossip columnist Ann Romano about her first foray into the world of comics.

A weekly contributor to the Portland Mercury newspaper, Romano told CBR News that “Gossip Whore” is based on her daily routine. “8:00 am: Awaken. Realize it’s 8:00 am, and go back to sleep.

“1:30 pm: Awaken, eat breakfast. Spend much of ‘morning’ reading back issues of Marie Claire and eating, while occasionally glancing up at the TV to scoff at ‘Passions.’

“4:30 pm: Research. In particular, the latest shoe sales. Hurriedly shower and dress to hit shoe sales before shops close.

“6:00 pm to midnight: Realize that celebrities have the exact same schedule as I do, because I routinely see Britney, Lindsay, Mischa, Ashley, Jessica, and Zac (you know, the one from ‘High School Musical’ who looks like a girl?) at all my favorite Rodeo Drive shops and restaurants. (Just last week, Zac stole a darling pair of Manolo Blahnik’s from me. Because he’s a little bitch.)”

Art from “Gossip Whore”

“Gossip Whore” recounts an encounter Romano had with Britney Spears, though the writer admits a few details may have been slightly embellished. “As I mention in the first panel, everything is ‘100% factual-ish,'” Romano explained. “That means that, yes, Britney did pop out of the dressing room nude, yes, she did berate the sales clerk with her genitalia, yes, she did start babbling incoherently in a British accent, and yes, she did turn into a version of the Incredible Hulk. ‘Ish.’ So as you can clearly see, every Ann Romano column and comic will be based completely on the absolute truth-ish.”

Most of Romano’s exposure to comic books has been through the prism of Hollywood. “We’ll admit this to you,” Romano began. “We’ve seen every film George Clooney’s ever been in. Yes, even ‘Batman & Robin.’ More than a few times, actually. We might– might, we said– have even been a fan of those bat-nipples. We’re not proud of that fact, but there it is.”

Art from “Gossip Whore”

That said, when Dark Horse approached Romano about recounting her tinsel-town adventures in comics form, the publisher quickly won her over. “Their people approached our people about doing a comic book,” Romano said. “Our people agreed to meet with their people, on the condition that Dark Horse would pay for a lunch meeting (and a few martinis), which, to their credit, they were dears about. A few drinks later, our people and their people hit it off like gangbusters, and our people agreed to give their proposition some thought. The next thing I knew, I woke up, it was on the internet, and people were telling me how great I was!”

Romano continued, “I really loved switching from print to comics, and can totally see myself jumping to even more mediums, such as cinema, sitcoms, mp3s, podcasts, serialized tie-in paperbacks, and sonnets. Also, maybe telenovelas, videogames, notes passed back and forth in classrooms, graffiti, video installations, tattoos, Grecian sculpture, water colors, oils, pastels, and charcoal. And possibly, in the future, Legos. Possibly. Wait. No. No Legos. That’s stupid.”

Art from “Gossip Whore”

When Dark Horse approached Romano, they already had Paul Lee in mind to create the artwork. “Which was good, because otherwise the artist was going to be our hubby, Kip, who’s a huge comic fan, and had already drawn an, um, ‘impressive’ number of stick-figure pictures of himself fighting Hugh Jackman with muttonchops,” Romano said. “As soon as we saw some of Paul’s work, though, we knew he was right for the job. It takes a nuanced, skilled hand to do worthwhile things, and capturing the devolution of Ms. Britney Spears is one of them.”

Can Romano fans expect to see the continuing adventures of their favorite gossip columnist in comics form? “That depends,” Romano said. “What’s Dark Horse’s martini budget?”

Romano’s gossip column “One Day at a Time” is published weekly in the Portland Mercury newspaper. “Ann Romano: Gossip Whore” is featured on MySpace Dark Horse Presents right now.

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