Sunday, December 13, 2015

Textual tennis

Introduction from Sexual Textual Tennis,
Copyright © 2015 by Carolyn Gage and Rachel J. Fenton
 

 

Back in January, I connected with playwright Carolyn Gage on LinkedIn. A few years previously, I'd asked Carolyn for permission to quote from her play The Second Coming of Joan of Arc and use her as a character in one of my stories, which she agreed to, so I was pleased when she messaged me the following:

"If you're ever looking to illustrate a graphic novel, esp. a lesbian one... I've got some!"

Although I was too busy with the NZ Book Council's Graphic Exchange Residency, and the subsequent graphic work that went into Island to Island, and Three Words, and I wasn't able to take on a large unpaid project, I still wanted to collaborate, so I suggested we take the text from one of the essays on her blog and turn it into a comic. Sexual Textual Tennis is the result. Also available in paperback and as downloadable pdf.

10 comments:

Kass said...

What a fabulous mixture of genius!

Rachel Fenton said...

Ah, thank you, Kass! xx

valeriesirr said...

Looks great, Rae - You must have put a lot of work into it. Love the title!

Lori said...

Wow, I love it! It's beautifully (not to mention very imaginatively) drawn and the message is so important! Congratulation! Beautiful work!

Rachel Fenton said...

Thank you, Valerie! Drawing always takes me a lot longer than writing, but it was a joint effort and Carolyn is lovely to work with.

Rachel Fenton said...

Thanks, Lori! The idea for the visuals came directly out of Carolyn's essay, so it's all credit to her. I'm really glad you like it!

Teresa Stenson said...

This looks fantastic - well done Rae and Carolyn.

- Happy new year, Rae - hope you're well - we had a bit of rain here - peace and joy to you for for 2016 -

Rachel Fenton said...

Cheers, Teresa - happy new year to you, too - sorry you got so much rain and flooding - it seems nowhere was free of the crazy weather xx

valeriesirr said...

Meant to get back to you, Rae. I read it and thought your visuals were brilliant and echoed the theme so well

Rachel Fenton said...

Ah, Valerie, thank you so much, love! xx