Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Heroine Chic Prompts Clash of Superheroes and High Fashion


David Tischman is no stranger to superhero comics, as he's put in work on titles such as Batman, Batman/Superman, Justice League and Cable. Those books feature a certain tone and cast of characters, some of which he's bringing with him to Heroine Chic. Heroine Chic is a new original digital comic series set in the world of high fashion--the first time the world of superheroes has focused on the cutthroat world of haute couture. Working with him on the art is Audrey Mok.

“I started thinking about all those great Bob Mackie costumes, and about Mary Quant in London in the early 60’s, and about Courrèges,” Tischman added. The idea for HEROINE CHIC came fast after that. “Superheroes are aspirational – and so is fashion,” Tischman said. “We put on clothes and we become someone else. Our secret identity is when we’re naked, standing in the closet, trying to figure out who we’re going to be that day.”

Set in a New York City filled with superheroes, the main character is Zoe Porter, 24, a recent design school graduate who gets a dream job working for Dyna Cuff, the top designer of superhero costumes. Dyna is a fashion genius but a difficult boss, and her superhero clients are vain and insecure. The first 3 chapters of the series are live now, available on the LINE Webtoon website or by downloading the official LINE Webtoon app.

“Zoe is our main character, but she is not a superhero; she does not have super powers. But she will become the hero of her own life, and she will do it with style,” Tischman said, adding that Heroine Chic is written for both female and male audiences. “I love watching Project Runway and What Not to Wear. I’ve been reading a lot of Vogue and I scour Refinery29 every day for ideas,” Tischman said. “But sometimes I have to ask my wife, ‘is it okay to wear stirrup pants with a sling-back pump’?”

Full press release below.

SUPER HEROES AND HIGH FASHION COLLIDE IN “HEROINE CHIC”

ORIGINAL DIGITAL COMIC BOOK SERIES
LAUNCHES OCTOBER 19 ONLINE WEBTOON

Creator David Tischman Pens Super Story
Set in High Fashion World of Heroic Couture

Los Angeles, CA (October 19, 2015) – Renowned comic book writer David Tischman (Batman, Batman/Superman, Justice League, Cable) today announced the launch of HEROINE CHIC – an original digital comic series, set in the world of high fashion. It’s the first time the high-flying world of superheroes has focused on the cutthroat world of haute couture. The series is carried on LINE Webtoon, a leading digital comics service with worldwide distribution and over 17 million unique visitors a month.
The first 3 chapters of the series are LIVE now, available on the LINE Webtoon site or by downloading the official LINE Webtoon app. for smartphones. New chapters of the 130-page series will roll out each week.
HEROINE CHIC was created and written by Tischman and features groundbreaking artwork by new comics sensation, Audrey Mok.
Set in a New York City filled with superheroes, HEROINE CHIC’s main character is Zoe Porter, 24, a recent design school graduate who gets a dream job working for Dyna Cuff, the top designer of superhero costumes. Dyna is a fashion genius but a difficult boss, and her superhero clients are vain and insecure.
The idea hit Tischman one day when he saw a woman wearing Koral shiny leggings and a sports bra. “I write comic books,” Tischman said. “That’s a superhero costume.”
Heroine Chic Panel Chapter 1
Zoe Porter on her way to her first day of work in HEROINE CHIC
“I started thinking about all those great Bob Mackie costumes, and about Mary Quant in London in the early 60’s, and about Courrèges,” Tischman added. The idea for HEROINE CHIC came fast after that. “Superheroes are aspirational – and so is fashion,” Tischman said. “We put on clothes and we become someone else. Our secret identity is when we’re naked, standing in the closet, trying to figure out who we’re going to be that day.”
HEROINE CHIC is an action-adventure-romance, but the story also pokes (gentle) fun at superhero and fashion tropes. For example, in one early installment, Zoe derides the very unfashionable costume details of a hero’s suit, which coincidently happen to be the same details superstar artist Jim Lee added to Superman’s costume in DC Comics’ New 52 reboot. In a later chapter, Dyna designs a female hero’s costume that uses high heels and wide shoulder extensions to give a short, pear-shaped hero an Amazonian hourglass shape, another hero asks if the cape makes him look fat and a superhero sidekick is caught wearing a costume knock-off.
“Zoe is our main character, but she is not a superhero; she does not have super powers. But she will become the hero of her own life, and she will do it with style,” Tischman said, adding that HEROINE CHIC is written for both female and male audiences.
This is the first time Tischman has written about the fashion industry, but he admits he’s a fan.
“I love watching Project Runway and What Not to Wear. I’ve been reading a lot of Vogue and I scour Refinery29 every day for ideas,” Tischman said. “But sometimes I have to ask my wife, ‘is it okay to wear stirrup pants with a sling-back pump’?”
HEROINE CHIC is one of six projects that make up LINE Webtoon’s first wave of American digital comics, as the publisher moves to increase its international market share. Other creators involved in the first wave include comics legend Stan Lee, superstar artist and publisher Marc Silvestri, and internet sensation Michelle Phan, who is creating an original sci-fi idea for the site.
About David Tischman
David Tischman is a New York Times bestselling comic book author, film and TV producer and journalist, best known for writing smart female characters as well as for successfully converting popular pop culture film and TV properties into comic format, including HBO’s TRUE BLOOD, MTV’s TEEN WOLF, ANGEL, STAR TREK, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION and AEON FLUX. His work can also be read in such popular titles as SUPERMAN/BATMAN, LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT, BITE CLUB, and GREEN LANTERN: EVIL’S MIGHT for DC as well as CABLE and MUTANT X for Marvel. Tischman also created LUKE MC BAIN, an original comic book idea for country superstar Trace Adkins. HEROINE CHIC is his first serial for LINE Webtoon.
About Audrey Mok
Audrey Mok was born in Hong Kong in the 1990s and was influenced by Japanese manga and American animation in her early years. After high school, she went abroad to further her career, spending time in Tokyo drawing comics and attending industry conventions. She is now based in Hong Kong as a freelance illustrator and comic artist, currently working with writer David Tischman on HEROINE CHIC. In addition to HEROINE CHIC, her work can be seen here: http://temariart.tumblr.com

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