Gender and race are always going to be issues for society, no matter how civilized that society may be. Somewhere at the intersection of those two concepts are Louella Schwartz and Luther Albert Joyce. One is a white teenage girl with a Ms. magazine subscription, the other a middle-aged African-American man who’s fallen on rough times. Their paths seem destined never to cross, but, in an extraordinary set of circumstances, Luther’s brain ends up in Louella’s body in White Like She by Bob Fingerman, which gets a sleek new Image Comics edition in December. Originally published in 1993, Fingerman’s graphic novel is a cutting satire exploring gender and race privilege with the creative abandon of a grindhouse film.
"What I’d set out to do was pulp with a message. Something Roger Corman might have made in the early ’70s, hence the new Blaxploitation poster-style cover,” wrote Fingerman in the Afterword of the new edition. “Really, that’s what White Like She is — pulp that could use a little more juice and pits. I still think it’s a fun idea; the beast with two heads minus a head. Race, gender and body-swapping is a fun concept."
White Like Sheis a 136-page graphic novel with never-before-seen bonus material. It will be in comic book stores on December 3 (Diamond Comic order code OCT140660) and in bookstores on December 16 (ISBN 978-1-63215-146-9). It is available for pre-order now.
Full press release below.