Friday, October 12, 2018

"I have seen Olivia Jaimes, the cartoonist behind the new Nancy"

RJ:

This past April, the group who owns the rights to Nancy approached a cartoonist behind her own popular webcomic and asked her to take over the strip. Who is she? What was that webcomic? Few people know for sure, and they aren’t talking. The artist currently known as Olivia Jaimes seemed to arrive on the scene fully formed and immediately began toying with the medium in a way decidedly similar to Bushmiller, but with modern sensibilities that don’t feel forced.

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The environment was carefully controlled. She would be appearing in a small room, one that would hold no more than 40 people. Cellphones and any other recording devices would need to be checked at the door. There would be no Q&A with the audience.

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The moderator of the discussion was a woman named Shena Wolf, the editor of Nancy on behalf of Andrews McMeel Syndication, whom, as we learned, was the one who personally hired Ms.James. Shena was drawn once in one of the strips, and she looked about exactly as Olivia had depicted her. Shena did say something like “Why did you draw me so sweaty?”

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Olivia appeared dressed in a sort of “Unabomber-chic” outfit consisting of a hoodie with a scarf, hat, and those slanted sunglasses that Kanye West used to wear. Only the lower half of her face was visible

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Here’s some details and impressions
And speaking of the value of a secret identity:
I was fired from Marvel — from two Star Wars projects.

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To rewind a little bit, when SW: AFTERMATH came out, I assume most know but maybe you don’t, I put some ahh, elements in there (LGBT characters) that were not received well by a certain subset of fandom. That resulted in both a negative review campaign, found across various FB groups and other Worst Places on the Internet, that began mounting the very minute the book dropped online. I was literally at a midnight release of the book, and when I got done, there were already a pile of one-star reviews piling up – which seemed strange, obviously. And scary, too. I didn’t understand what was happening at the time