November 4, 2016 | 12:00 pm
Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas
With the explosion of Comic-Con and all things geek being super cool and widely loved, VAFF has brought together a group of established and emerging comic book and graphic novel writers and illustrators to share their experiences on bringing an authentic Asian Canadian/American voice to their Asian characters. Major Hollywood studios seem to be turning increasingly more to the comic universe for their stories and bringing them the big screen. But with the casting of Scarlet Johansson as the lead in “Ghost in the Shell” and Tilda Swinton in “The Ancient One”, the existing few leading Asian characters in these popular comics have been whitewashed and opportunities for Asian actors have been taken away. This is a trend that VAFF would like to see reversed and we aim to provide actionable recommendations to promote diversity in storytelling through this discussion.
Oni Press, Portland’s premier independent comic book publisher, announced today Hopeless Savages: Break, a new chapter in the Hopeless Savages story, by original series creator Jen Van Meter and artist Meredith McClaren (Hinges), featuring art by original series artist Christine Norrie. Hopeless Savages: Break will release on August 12th, 2015.
Hopeless Savages: Break continues the story of fan favorite protagonist Zero and her punk rock family. Zero finds herself in college and thoroughly hating it, though an upcoming tour with her band The Dusted Bunnies promises to rejuvenate her spirits. A rival band threatens to end the tour early, and without her family, Zero is in no position to fight back. Meanwhile, the rest of the Hopeless-Savages are dealing with their own problems, including babies, contracts and drug addictions. If there’s one family who can pull it all off, it’s this one.
“The first Hopeless-Savages story came out in 2000,” Jen Van Meter notes. “Fifteen years! And for every one of them, I’ve been so grateful for the support of Oni Press and the work of every one of the many amazing artists who’ve helped me bring this family to life. It took a really, really long time to write Break–largely for personal reasons; I was growing up along with the characters, and I felt a disconnect I couldn’t articulate. When James Lucas Jones–doing what a great editor does–suggested I run toward that, I finally found the emotional center for this story; then Meredith McClaren came aboard and brought beautiful storytelling, great instincts about the characters, and a wonderful sense of humor, making everything I wrote a thousand times better. The icing on the cake, for me, was when Christine Norrie was able to make time to do the flashback sequences; she’s been with me, Zero, Twitch and the rest of the family since the beginning, and I’m thrilled she was able to continue on this strange road trip with us.”
Jen Van Meter, Chynna Clugston & Christine Norrie
The parents of the Hopless-Savage family were once punk stars and have since settled down to raise a family that while non-conformist, is strong, loyal and loving. Most of the children have since moved away, except for the youngest, Skank Zero, who remains at home and often clashes with her mother over their similar personalities.
The first volume sees the Hopeless-Savage children come together after their parents are kidnapped and they have to track down their oldest brother who abandoned his punk roots. Together, they work to return their parents home safely and uncover some embarrassing secrets about their past.
WE ARE MOVING
as i pack up the little studio here, comics pages, watercolor paintings, and illustration drawings are going to other destinations.
art from hopeless savages to breaking up, matinee pieces, and random pin-up girls have been sold. goodbye, darlings! i hope you’ll be well looked after in your new homes.