Nancy Drew has lengthy been some of the iconic younger grownup properties on the market, so followers had been understandably excited when Dynamite Entertainment introduced a brand new Nancy Drew ebook with Kelly Thompson and Jenn St-Onge on the helm. It’s a powerhouse pairing of two of comics’ most dynamic names, with a uncommon all-female inventive workforce that’s rounded out by colorist Triona Farrell and letterer Ariana Maher in addition to some nice variant covers from Annie Wu, Tula Lotay, and Marguerite Sauvage. I chatted with Thompson and St-Onge about bringing Nancy to life, creating comics collectively, and making the artwork type accessible.
St-Onge and Thompson first collaborated on the cult hit spin-off miniseries Jem: The Misfits, and the pair had been determined to work collectively once more. Fortunately, the proper alternative arose. “Editor Nate Cosby approached me a few couple properties he thought I is perhaps serious about growing into a brand new sequence for Dynamite,” Thompson advised Nerdist. “Nancy Drew was the one which immediately stood out to me as an awesome match and tremendous thrilling to deal with.”
It didn’t take lengthy for Jenn St-Onge to climb aboard as properly. “Kelly messaged me with the chance to pitch a Nancy Drew ebook together with her and I used to be so excited to get an opportunity to create my very own model of a personality that basically meant loads to me as a child,” she mentioned. “I wished to create a heroine who nonetheless retained the spirit of the traditional tales, but additionally felt like an up to date model that might believably exist in 2018.”
When Nancy Drew was introduced at ECCC, I used to be delighted that the inventive workforce was made up completely of ladies. That is uncommon in comics basically, however particularly unusual at Dynamite. For the workforce, it’s one thing integral to the core of their imaginative and prescient of Nancy Drew. “This can be a comedian that we very a lot need to ring a bell with younger feminine comedian readers, so I believe having an all-girl workforce will actually enable us to faucet into an aesthetic/sensibility that connects with that demographic,” St-Onge mentioned.
Thompson was fast to shout out their collaborators on the brand new title too: “I’d like to say the remainder of our workforce, since we’re speaking about them,” she mentioned. “We’ve obtained Triona Farrell on colours and Ariana Maher on letters, and they’re simply doing unbelievable work. I definitely echo Jenn that it’s an superior factor to see, particularly for impressionable younger woman—a badass ebook about Nancy Drew that’s by all feminine creatives.”
Followers of Thompson will know she’s no stranger to detective tales, together with her beloved run on Marvel’s Hawkeye specializing in one other younger lady with a nostril for thriller. “Clearly there’s some analysis that comes into play for modernizing iconic and beloved characters like these,” she mentioned. “However largely I simply must deal with it like every other detective story, which is to say, till you ‘determine it out’ it’s principally the toughest sort of story to do. Often with a detective story, I work backwards, to a level—a minimum of for my define—so I can seed every little thing the place it must go for all of it to payoff. Past that, I believe it’s all about updating it to really feel younger and contemporary, whereas nonetheless holding onto the issues that make Nancy Drew—and workforce!—such icons.”
As for the visible panorama of the brand new Nancy Drew, the inventive workforce had a transparent imaginative and prescient. “We wished to create a world that was fashionable but additionally a bit sleepy—like you may inform that it takes place in current day however there’s nonetheless a mysterious, small-town really feel to it,” St-Onge mentioned. “There’s undoubtedly one thing effervescent beneath the floor in Bayport, and the quiet façade of each the city and the individuals are hiding issues from Nancy.”
An enormous fan of Nancy Drew rising up, St-Onge has clear recollections about simply what spoke to her in regards to the traditional tales. “I had the yellow Thriller Tales sequence of Nancy Drew as a child, [which] perhaps had 10 tales collected included in it, that I simply reread again and again,” she mentioned. “It appealed to me for a similar purpose that Nancy appeals to lots of people who learn it. I wished a narrative the place the mysteries obtained solved by a intelligent woman with the assistance of her buddies.”
In the meantime, Thompson likewise has a really relatable purpose for wanting ahead to engaged on Nancy Drew: her mother. “Probably the most thrilling issues for me about doing this ebook is that my mom doesn’t notably care about superheroes,” Thompson mentioned. “She’s at all times been extremely supportive of my work, but it surely’s onerous for her to personally get excited in regards to the X-Males or the Avengers. However with Nancy Drew she’s very personally excited. So I’ve lastly arrived. Thank god!”
As for what followers needs to be most enthusiastic about, Thompson has a transparent concept of her foremost purpose with the ebook. “Voice is de facto vital to me in comics, and with a personality as iconic as Nancy Drew, it’s a tremendous line to skate,” she mentioned. “What feels genuine, even in a contemporary model, and what’s one thing that I can deliver to the desk that makes it memorable. Discovering the steadiness to these issues is at all times what I’m in search of and what I hope makes readers fall in love.”
Are you excited to see the woman detective again in motion? Simply stoked to see St-Onge and Thompson collectively once more? Tell us under!
Photographs: Dynamite Leisure
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