Media Release — Green Candy Press is proud to announce the publication of Abby Denson’s latest graphic novel, Dolltopia. Denson’s cross-country promotional tour wraps up at the Cartoon Art Museum onSunday, November 8 with a special booksigning—featuring cupcakes and a doll contest!
Lulu Award-winning cartoonist Abby Denson is a rock n’ roll ‘Jane of all trades’ and creator of the queer comic Tough Love: High School Confidential, and now she’s bringing the punked-up Barbies and stripped-down Kens of her new book Dolltopia on the road!
Having written scripts for Archie Comics (Sabrina the Teenage Witch), DC Comics (Powerpuff Girls), Simpsons Comics, and Marvel (Amazing Spider-Man Family), and between teaching comic book classes and playing in a whole host of punk bands, Abby has now gone back to her roots and returned to her childhood habit of making her dolls ‘different’ and setting them free from their predetermined fates.
Dolltopia is the story of Kitty, a ballerina doll forced into a not-so-happily-ever-after living arrangement with a male jock toy. Filled with discontent, Kitty takes it upon herself to escape her human-imposed domesticity and create a new life and a new image for herself away from the persecution of the human world. On this mission, she finds not only a host of like-minded individuals, but a veritable heaven for the alternative doll: Dolltopia.
It’s not all child’s play though: Abby’s comics explore the hugely relevant themes of identity, individuality and making a mark within a society that seeks to sterilize and monopolize. Dolltopiais a smart and sassy allegory for modern life and the need for self-expression, with reference to such hot topics as queer politics, feminism, plastic surgery, depression, and even the free will debate arising from the creator-creation relationship.
Having started as a one-page comic in 2002, Dolltopia has since taken on a life of it’s own, growing into a 24-page mini-comic, and ultimately, into a full-blown graphic novel. The Dolltopia graphic novel will be published in a deluxe edition with pink spot color throughout and French flaps with paper dolls designed into them.
Dolltopia has been embraced by the New York art scene, comic book fans, and has even been used in queer theory college courses.
Join the doll revolution and discover that these dolls are more than just toys!
Dolltopia by Abby Denson
ISBN: 978-1931160-70-4, $15.00, 128 pages
Release Date: October 15th, 2009, Published by Green Candy Press
A 12-page preview of Dolltopia can be found here on Abby’s website:
A full PDF of chapter one can be downloaded here:
For review copies or author interviews, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
DOLLTOPIA FALL 09 TOUR:
Sep 26 – Bethesda – Small Press Expo
Oct 2 – New York – Rocketship
Oct 3 – New York – Giant Robot
Oct 16 – Toronto – The Beguiling (w/ Matt Loux)
Oct 23 – Portland, ME – Casablanca Comics (w/ Tim Fish)
Oct 24 – Boston – Comicopia (w/ Tim Fish)
Oct 25 – New York – Wonderland Beauty Salon
Oct 31 – Vancouver – Elfsar Comics
Nov 1 – Vancouver – Emily Carr University of Art and Design
Nov 4 – Portland, OR – In Other Words
Nov 5 – Portland, OR – Floating World Comics
Nov 6 – San Francisco – Modern Times
Nov 7 – San Francisco – A Different Light
Nov 7 – San Francisco – Giant Robot
Nov 8 – San Francisco – Cartoon Art Museum