Online Dating Meets Courtly Love: Brett Parson Shares Character Design Sketches For New Romancer

Last week Vertigo Comics, released the first issue of New Romancer, written by Peter Milligan, with art by Brett Parson. The modern take on a classic romance follows Lexy who was fired from a cushy job in Silicon Valley, and is now a for New Romancer, an Internet-dating app that’s seen better days. To create fake profiles, she plunders characteristics from history’s most notorious lovers. Using little-known writings by Ada Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer, Lexy pushes the boundaries of coding and accidentally unleashes history’s greatest lover: Lord Byron.

Parson commented on the series by saying:

Although the story takes place in modern day Silicon Valley, there’s still a subtle ’80s vibe hidden deep at the heart of the story. I wanted the world, the technology and the characters to let that vibe out a little bit.

Check out his character development sketches below:

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