On Monday DC will release the first issue of their newest digital comic Ame-Comi Girls. Based on the line of popular statues featuring anime versions of the women of DC comics it will include Wonder Woman art by Amanda Conner (at right) and Tony Akins, Batgirl art by Sanford Greene, Duela Dent art by Ted Naifeh, Power Girl art by Mike Bowden and Supergirl art by Santi Casas. Other characters will be added after the initial arcs. This week I chatted with the writers Justin Gray (JG) and Jimmy Palmiotti (JP) about the series, the characters (including who else will be joining) and how they work as a team.
DCWKA: I have to admit when I saw the announcement for Ame-Comi Girls my first thought was, “Well if DC had any chance of me reading a comic based on sexy statues, they sure picked the right team.” How did you two come to this? Was it pitched? Who had the idea?
JG: Thanks for the vote of confidence. There’s definitely going to be a certain number of people automatically opposed to this based on the sexualized appearance of some of the characters. The truth is DC and Dan Didio approached us to develop a series based on these designs some time ago and we’ve gone through a lengthy process of trying to find the best way to present them. We’ve worked directly with designer Jim Fletcher on some of the ideas and continue to do so. The story ideas came naturally because we’re given the keys to characters we love and allowed to do essentially anything we want with them. That means you’ll have elements of new as well as recognizable existing mythology associated with some of the characters.
JP: I like to think we earned the right to take on a project like this because of the love we show each and every DC character when we work on them. As said, we have been involved with this for over a year now and its something we were bursting at the seams to talk about. The design of the characters and sculpts inspire the hell out of us to take the material and go crazy with it.
Barbara Randall Kesel is one of the key writers in building the history and character of Barbara Gordon at DC Comics. While Kesel didn’t write many stories that included Barbara, the ones she did write are seminal. Among among them the post-Crisis origin story “Flawed Gems” which was named one of the most memorable moments for DC women earlier this year and the “Last Batgirl story” the only standalone Batgirl comic published prior to The Killing Joke. Kesel also wrote the Elseworlds: Batgirl/Supergirl special and she has the rare distinction of writing Barbara Gordon as both Batgirl and Oracle.
Earlier this week I interviewed Barbara about her work on how she got started writing at DC, her work on Barbara Gordon both pre and post The Killing Joke (including her follow-up pitch for Barbara Gordon that was passed over to have her become Oracle) and what it was like being a female creator during the 80s at DC and how things have changed since then.