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Hi folks! Janet here. Think of yourself as psychonaut voyagers. Founding members. The Players Club. Does anyone else remember Telly Sevalas? Okay. Gen X references. Ba doom tish.
Anyway thanks for signing up, and welcome to the inaugural Player's Club newsletter!
Here's an update on all things Janet: It's been an eventful couple of years in the graphic novel/comic book space. After writing the first volume of Curie Society for Einhorn Productions and MIT Press, I had a couple of great comic anthology opportunities in 2020 & 2021, including a story in the Wonder Woman Black & Gold anthology, and one in the Geiger 80 page annual. Also got to collaborate with Jim Rugg on a story for American Cult, which I'm really proud of. And yes, it's a bit of spiritual whiplash to go from Wonder Woman to Charles Manson. But I couldn't be prouder of both stories. They allowed me to stretch in new ways creatively, and with art by Megan Levens and Jim Rugg, respectively, I'm over the moon with how great they look! Here's a page from American Cult that got featured in the Comics Journal review:
I love the Chick tract-slash-EC Comics horror font that Jim chose for this, it really captures the feel of the story and the era. It was a dream to get to work with him, as I've loved his work since the first issue of STREET ANGEL. The rest of the book is amazing, too. If you get a chance, pick it up!
I love working on anthologies, but they often don't get as widely read as a continuing story or a longer graphic novel. So one of the things I'm hoping to do here on Zestworld is collect some of the shorter anthology stories I've worked on with other artists.
To that end, the first thing I'm publishing here is a story that first appeared in Spitball #6, an anthology put out by Columbus College of Art and Design . The anthology pairs comic book pros with CCAD students, and this particular edition got hit hard by pandemic supply issue problems and came out late. But the story I worked on with Alan Alanis was so gorgeous, I really want it to reach a wider audience. It's called ASK ME ABOUT TIME TRAVEL and it's a story of love, loss, and old guys in trucker caps telling you about time travel. It drops April 1st, so keep an eye out for it.
I have many other cool projects in the works that I'd love to share with you! But some I can't talk about yet. Yes I'm doing that annoying coy thing where I'm talking about a thing that I can't talk about but OMG YOU GUYS YOU ARE GOING TO BE SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS THING I CAN'T TALK ABOUT YET!
There, now you know it's really a newsletter :D
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