'<i>The Devil Wears Prada</i> for the comic book industry' kicks off today

Jamie S. Rich has held editorial positions at Dark Horse Comics and Oni Press, written comics like You Have Killed Me and the upcoming It Girl and the Atomics, and written novels like The Everlasting and Cut My Hair. All of those experiences are converging into Bobby Pins and Mary Janes, his fictional "tell all" novel set within the world of indie comics. Rich began serializing the novel on the web today.

"The world of comic books is one I know well," Rich said in a press release. "I began as an editorial assistant at Dark Horse Comics when I was 21, and I spent six years as editor-in-chief at Oni Press. I've written my fair share of funnybooks, as well."

The story centers on Parker Reid, a 20-something working in the comics industry and having an affair with her employer's top creator. His comics series, Valerie Flames, is about a young girl whose adventures "cross the mysteries of Nancy Drew with the escapades of Tintin." Character designs for Valerie Flames and her cohorts were drawn by Joëlle Jones.

The first chapter is available for your reading pleasure now.

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