Explosive publisher BOOM! Studios will publish the first work of “graphic fiction” from New York Times bestselling author Gaby Dunn, a press release revealed today. Dunn, the author of I Hate Everyone But You, will join with artist Claire Roe for a new graphic fiction book due out in October 2019 called Bury the Lede. Graphic fiction, for those who don’t know, is a fancy way of saying “comics.”
From the press release:
Twenty-one-year-old Madison T. Jackson is already the star of the Emerson College student newspaper when she nabs a coveted night internship at Boston’s premiere newspaper, The Boston Lede. The job’s simple: do whatever the senior reporters tell you to do, from fetching coffee to getting a quote from a grieving parent. It’s grueling work, so when the murder of a prominent Boston businessman comes up on the police scanner, Madison races to the scene of the grisly crime. There, Madison meets the woman who will change her life forever: prominent socialite Dahlia Kennedy, who is covered in gore and being arrested for the murder of her family. The newspapers put everyone they can in front of her with no results until, with nothing to lose, Madison gets a chance – and unexpectedly barrels headfirst into danger she never anticipated.
Here’s a bio of Dunn from that same press release:
Dunn has distinguished herself as a New York Times bestselling author, journalist, YouTuber, actress, and comedian. She and her comedy partner, Allison Raskin, created the successful YouTube channel Just Between Us along with the novel “I Hate Everyone But You,” published under Wednesday Books’ inaugural list, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press, with a sequel to be published in 2019.
She has written for The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, New York Magazine, The Boston Globe, and Vulture, as well as a finance column for Marie Claire. Dunn served as a writer on ”Big Mouth” (Netflix) and in 2016, co-created and starred in a pilot for MTV, later developing original half-hour pilots for 20th Century Fox, YouTube Red, and FX, as well as joining the cast of “Take My Wife” (Starz) in the role of Brie. She is also the host and creator of the podcast, Bad With Money With Gaby Dunn, which has been featured as one of the “Best New Podcasts of 2016” by The New York Times and Vulture. The show is now in its 3rd season and a book based on the podcast will be published by Simon & Schuster on January 1st, 2019. BURY THE LEDE is Dunn’s graphic fiction debut release.
And one of Roe:
Claire Roe is an acclaimed artist from the east of Scotland and studied animation at Duncan of Jordonstone College of Art, graduating in 2013. She has distinguished herself with dynamic work on some of the biggest properties in comics, including Wonder Woman and Batgirl and The Birds of Prey from DC Comics; Halo: Rise of Atriox from Dark Horse; The Wicked + The Divine from Image Comics; and Welcome Back from BOOM! Studios.
And here’s what Dunn had to say:
I’m obsessed with ‘ripped from the headlines’ crime shows and am so honored and stoked to be jumping into this genre, especially in a medium like graphic novels which allowed me to collaborate with incredible talent like my editor Dafna Pleban and artist Claire Roe. I love working alongside women to make cool stuff about flawed, complex female characters like our book’s heroine (and the women she surrounds herself with). Especially in a genre like crime that is so heavily male, it’s been cool to make such a queer, colorful, realistic-to-my-own-experiences depiction of being a crime reporter.
On the surface this is a crime story, but in its heart it is the story of some very flawed women. We rarely get to enjoy these type of women in media, especially if they’re poc and queer, so getting to dive into this world and draw this story was right up my alley. I think true crime lovers will connect instantly with Madison, and will enjoy uncovering the motivations of the beautiful and enigmatic Dahlia.
And a BOOM! press release, of course, wouldn’t be complete without a quote from an editor, this time Dafna Pleban:
BURY THE LEDE masterfully blends the thrilling relationships of Killing Eve with the sharp insights of Devil Wears Prada for an affecting reflection on the world around us. Gaby and Claire bring a different perspective the world of crime fiction, drawing from their own experiences to examine what it really means to be an investigative journalist in a world where it’s getting harder to trust the headlines.
Look for Bury the Lede in stores next October.