Official Press Release
New York Friends of Lulu-New York's monthly "Women and Comics" discussions with prominent women in comics history and women currently working in the industry are held at Jim Hanley's Universe, 4 West 33rd Street, on the mezzanine level. Suggested admission is $1- $5. The store will have the speakers' works available for purchase, displayed in a dedicated section. The series is designed to showcase the wide variety of women working in all aspects of comic books and comic strips to interested readers. Subsequent engagements for 2003 are to be announced.
This month's discussion, to take place on Wednesday, February 12 at 7pm, features Christine Norrie, HOPELESS SAVAGES artist and creator of CHEAT, a graphic romance novel new this month from Oni Press. Born in West Germany, Ms. Norrie has lived many places but claims St. Louis as her hometown, where she started working professionally for a large comic book retail chain. She moved to New York in the late nineties, worked in the business end of comic book publishing for DC Comics, and later became a freelance illustrator.
Since the debut of the HOPELESS SAVAGES series, she¹s been nominated for many awards including the prestigious Eisner Award, the Russ Manning Award, and was a recipient of the New York City Comic Book Museum's Award for Breakout Artist of 2002. Ms. Norrie is the comic artist for REDBOOK magazine's Q&A WITH JOHN GRAY: YOU & HIM, and SPY KIDS for Disney as well as being the creator of THE KUNG FU SPACE GIRLS. She is currently at work on the next HOPELESS SAVAGES series and another, slightly cheerier, romance for Oni Press.
The 2002 "Women and Comics" discussions featured SIX CHIX cartoonist Isabella Bannerman, artist/writer Abby Denson, WJHC creator Jane Fisher, Oxygen.com artist Phoebe Gloeckner, DC Comics editor Joan Hilty, writer Jennifer Moore, comics pioneer Hilda Terry, artist Amanda Conner, inker Phyllis Novin, silverage artist Ramona Fradon, self-publishing pioneer Colleen Doran, Xeric-winning creator of AMY UNBOUNDED Rachel Hartman, preeminent comics historian Trina Robbins and influential creator of ARTBABE, Jessica Abel. 2003 started off with DESERT PEACH creator and self-publisher, Donna Barr.
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.