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Lauren Beukes’ Not-so-secret Love Affair with Comic Books, and News of Her Forthcoming Publication

Broken MonstersThe Shining GirlsIn a recent interview for Business Day, Sue Blaine writes that although Lauren Beukes’ first love is novels, “her affair with graphic novels is serious”.

Beukes and Joey Hi-Fi, the cover designer for a number of Beukes’ books, have written a comic book for DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint, titled Survivors’ Club. They are both very excited about the publication, but have been “sworn to secrecy” until it is published.

In the article, Beukes tells Blaine the fortuitous meetings that have made her dream of writing a comic book a reality:

“I always read comics,” says Beukes, listing as her childhood fare the British comics Misty, Bunty and 2000AD, in which Judge Dredd is a character. “I always wanted to write one, but I didn’t know how.”

That changed when she went to Worldcon (the World Science Fiction Convention) in 2009. “If you have to share a room and eat manky noodles, it’s totally worth it,” she says of the World Science Fiction Society’s annual convention. There she met American writer-artist Bill Willingham. Now she has written a few and worked on others, including a delightful 10-page Wonder Woman comic in which the superhero goes to Soweto and meets a little girl called Zozo.

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