Kickstarter Pick: Strange Wit – Original Graphic Novel About Jane Bowles | FanboysInc

Kickstarter Pick: Strange Wit – Original Graphic Novel About Jane Bowles

By Jeff Ayers

Kickstarter Pick: Strange Wit - Original Graphic Novel About Jane Bowles


In a cut throat creative world, it is always hard to not only get your creations out to the masses, but also to be heard and remembered for them is equally tough. Many artists and writers fall through the cracks of time, and Jane Bowles is one such writer. Thankfully, Katy Rex is spearheading a graphic novel to bring this important literary figure back to the spotlight, and you can help make that idea become a reality through their Kickstarter.

The team working on this book is fantastic and large. It will be split into ten chapters, all following Jane’s life and depicting her short stories with different artists. Dom Sole, Betsy Peterschmidt, Ines Estrada, June Vigants, Josh Hixson, Anne Maxson, Beatrice Penco Sechi, Ryan Kelly, Adam Gorham, Sean Von Gorham, and Kelly Fitzpatrick. There is also a Kickstarter EXCLUSIVE cover by Marguerite Sauvage (Thor, The Wicked + The Divine). So right way, this project involves some pretty serious talent, all coming together to shed some light on a creative person that never got her due.

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Kickstarter Pick: Strange Wit - Original Graphic Novel About Jane Bowles

Jane Bowles was a very enigmatic figure, in that much is not known about her personal life, and only hints are revealed through the work she published, which was sparse. She published a novel in 1943 called Two Serious Ladies, and also a play in 51 called In the Summer House. Her work was widely panned, thanks to the intense themes she would interject in her work. She married Paul Bowles in 1938, but the two were highly sexual beings that liked to express themselves sexual outside of the bonds of marriage, to which each was comfortable with because they were both bisexual. Jane  had many different affairs in her life, most notably Helvetia Perkins, Libby Holman and a tumultuous relationship with a Moroccan woman named Cherifa.

Her work, even though varied and sparse, received some well received praise at the time. Truman Capote said, “My only complaint with Mrs. Bowles is that she publishes so infrequently. One would prefer larger quantities of her strange wit, thorny insight.” Tennessee Williams said she was “the most important writer of fiction” at that time. Some huge praise from some luminary figures, all for a creative mind that has all been forgotten.

But, with less than a week until the Kickstarter deadline, you can help put this project over the top. There are many different rewards for donating, and the biggest one of all will be helping to create this book that will hopefully educate more people on the life and work of Jane Bowles. Head over tot he Kickstarter page today!

Jeff Ayers

Both my parents instilled in me at an early age the awesome power and incredible wonder of the written word. My father sat with me when I was four years old and taught me to enjoy reading with classic comic strips like SPIDERMAN, PEANUTS, B.C. and, later, CALVIN AND HOBBES. My mother exposed me to such classics of literature as Poe, Tolkien, Stoker and Doyle, and I started my own comic collection with allowance money from mowing lawns. I liked Wolverine before it was cool, I watched as Superman died and returned, and huddled under the covers as I turned the pages of SANDMAN. Reading is like oxygen to me, and all genres and formats are welcome and devoured equally. I am the co-host of The DW and Incredible Jeff Show, CEO of Permian Productions, and a reviewer at Graphic Novel Reporter. I am 34 and live in scenic Saratoga Springs New York, where I haunt coffee shops and dive bars and the best comic shop anywhere, The Comic Depot.

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