What They Did To Princess Paragon
by Robert Rodi
No. of Pages: 288
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From Publishers Weekly How the world’s greatest comic-book artist, Brian Parrish, a 38-year-old gay man from Manhattan, ends up trapped in a food plant ‘in the middle of some piddly little college town two hours outside Chicago’ is part of the delight of Rodi’s new novel. Brian’s scheme is to rejuvenate the faltering sales of American comic-book icon Princess Paragon by turning her into the first gay super-hero. His design is modified at every turn by a cast of outrageous characters: Perpetrial Cotton, an African American feminist lesbian whose favorite T-shirt reads ‘Ferraro for Veep’; Jerome T. Kornacker, a deranged fan upset at what is happening to his longtime fantasy girlfriend; and Heloise Freitag, Brian’s chain-smoking publisher. Tightly plotted and consistently amusing, the novel is more farce than satire: Rodi’s characters are as cartoonish as his superheroine. ‘This is real life, ‘ Brian says to Jerome as Rodi attempts to inject some pathos into the dialogue. Nothing about the book suggests real life, however, which is exactly the point. Real life is seldom this funny. This is another campy, breezy read from a gay comic writer ( Fag Hag ; Closet Case ) who is quickly developing his own cult following. Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. From Library Journal When gay comic strip artist Brian Parrish is hired to take over ‘Princess Paragon, ‘ an old and fading strip, word soon leaks that he intends to turn her into the first lesbian heroine. Fanatic fan Jerome goes to a convention to confront Parrish. After a series of wild incidents, Parrish holes up in Jerome’s home, where he writes one script and Jerome writes another. Meanwhile, Parrish’s boss and a black lesbian assistant take over the strip. The characters are zany and the situations zanier as comic strip creators and consumers clash in some very funny scenes. With crisp, naughty dialog and colorful supporting characters, the author of Fag Hag (Dutton, 1992) delivers a rowdy and witty comedy. Robert H. Donahugh, formerly with Youngstown & Mahoning Cty. P. L. , Ohio Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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