Hope Larson

Aug. 20, 2013 | 7:53 p.m.

Hope Larson on ‘Bitter Orange’ film, ‘Four Points’ with Rebecca Mock

Hope Larson (featured image)
It’s been a busy year for Hope Larson. In the spring, the accomplished graphic novelist released her first superhero story, “Who is AC?,” about a teenage girl named Lin who’s zapped by her cellphone and left with magical powers. Weeks later, Larson posted her first short film, “Bitter Orange,” online. The entertaining 1920s-set tale stars actress Brie Larson (no relation) as an enterprising woman hoping to climb the professional ladder in Hollywood, but whose life takes a surprising detour on a run to pick up some gin for her boss. And in July, she was on stage in San Diego accepting her second Eisner Award at Comic-Con International for her 2012 graphic novel adaptation of Madeline L’Engle’s literary touchstone “A Wrinkle in Time,” which clocked in at nearly 400 pages and was rendered in shades of black and white and […]
Oct. 02, 2012 | 5:27 p.m.

‘A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel': Hope Larson inks a classic

'A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel' (featured image)
It’s been 50 years since Madeleine L’Engle’s heroine Meg Murry first lay awake in her attic on “a dark and stormy night” in the pages of “A Wrinkle in Time.” The novel, which followed Meg on a fantastic journey to save her father, became a touchstone for several generations of young readers enchanted by the idea of using a “tesseract” to travel through space and time. A new adaptation from graphic novelist Hope Larson brings L’Engle‘s story to life in gorgeous black, white and blue comic panels in “A Wrinke in Time: The Graphic Novel” — out today from Farrar Straus Giroux imprint Margaret Ferguson Books. Larson, best known for her middle-grade graphic novels “Mercury,” “Chiggers” and “Salamander Dream,” is signing books on Friday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. at Secret Headquarters in Los Angeles. Hero Complex caught up with […]
July 21, 2012 | 6:00 a.m.

Women in comics and the tricky art of equality

Sarah Oleksyk (featured image)
Selina Kyle’s lacy red bra and its ample, curvy contents fill the first panel of “Catwoman” No. 1, published last year when DC Comics relaunched 52 of its most popular titles. By the last page, she’s straddling Batman and spilling out of her leather suit once more. Catwoman wasn’t DC’s only female superhero to make her “New 52” debut in lingerie. In “Red Hood and the Outlaws” No. 1, extraterrestrial princess Starfire strikes a Playboy-like pose, bursting out of her purple bikini as she propositions Red Hood. And Voodoo, a shape-shifting half-alien hybrid, spends half of her first issue stripping. Comics blogs buzzed with debate, and critics cried sexism, pointing to the company’s predominantly male creative staff. DC’s rival Marvel Comics often faces similar criticism — the superhero comics genre historically has been a boys’ club. But a broader look […]
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