Glad Rags!

I don’t even know how to start with how excited I am to be announcing this. Let’s cut to the chase.

From today’s Publisher’s Lunch:

Nebula Award nominee and Crawford Award winner Genevieve Valentine’s GLAD RAGS, a reimagining of the Twelve Dancing Princesses as flappers, set amidst the splendor and beautiful chaos of the roaring twenties in Manhattan, to Atria, in a pre-empt, for publication in 2014.

The logline is true; Glad Rags is a mainstream historical about sisters, speakeasies, shenanigans, and shoes. FLAPPERS FOR EVERYBODY.

Technically nobody here is flapping hard enough to convey my feelings, but I love this picture so much that it can stay.

There will be more news as things develop; immediate thanks are due to my agent Joe Monti, and to the circle of friends who were instrumental throughout the writing of it. I am beyond excited to be working with Atria, beyond excited at how many flapper dresses I get to talk about between now and 2014, and beyond excited to bring you a book I dearly love.

In the meantime, everybody start studying their dance diagrams, we’ll need these later.

  • Livia Llewellyn


  • Alaya

    Oh my god, this is so exciting! The Twelve Dancing Princesses being my favorite fairy tale ever, and the twenties and New York being, obviously, something else I rather enjoy ;) Congratulations!

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    Catwoman: The Closet, Part 1 - Selina

    One of the first things I did after we’d sketched the bare bones of this Catwoman arc was to sit down and decide how everybody was going to dress.

    Comics are cinematic in their use of clothing to indicate character; it’s a great psychological and expository shortcut. The shift from Catwoman into Selina Kyle, Mob Boss would mean a lot of changes in her wardrobe, and everything she wore would necessarily reflect that change. It was also important to me just on a vaguely-fashion-aware level, because I will never forget being a kid and reading the issue of X-Men where Gambit shows up to take Rogue on a date and Rogue is wearing a full-body lace bodysuit underneath what I swear was a handkerchief skirt and tight peasant top with matching headband. That was a lot. Nobody wants any more of that.

    What did I want for Selina? This.

    The “hero” tux was exactly the mood we wanted for her out-of-uniform uniform; it’s a graphic statement, it connotes both power and privilege, and it’s sexy without being too revealing, at a time when Selina’s very much in a masculine sphere. In fact, we were careful to make sure there are variations on her signature suit specifically so that when she deviates from it, it’s significant. Bottom right corner is her “off duty” suit, which we see her in at times when she thinks she’ll only be dealing with family concerns. Top right corner is the suit we see her in at the open of #36, when she’s making the rounds to have the families kiss her ring, so to speak; it’s deliberately more feminine, but it also has the broad lapels that feel ever so slightly like a mark of state.

    But one of the things we knew was going to happen was that the tenor of the clothes would shift over the course of the arc. She starts out on top, and as things become increasingly murky, the more her clothing looks like armor. The ballgown she wears in 35 is an amalgamation of Charles James and Zac Posen gowns, and represents a deliberate opulence and vaguely frigate-y comfort that we don’t necessarily see from her at any other time. This is her coronation, and she’s dressed for it. By the time she’s wearing the cocoon coat at the top center, in which she looks slightly like a beetle, it’s because she feels the need to protect herself; it’s a coat you can disappear inside of.

    Overall, though, this is a Selina that’s not messing around. Clean lines, black everywhere, tailored but rarely tight. She’s too skilled an opportunist to let this chance go to waste; at a time when she doesn’t have any weapons close to hand, she’ll dress like she is one.


2014 Appearances

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March 19-23: ICFA (Orlando, FL)

May 23-26: WisCon (Madison, WI)

July 11-14: Readercon (Boston, MA)

August 4: Books Beneath the Bridge, Brooklyn

October 10-12: CapClave (Washington, DC) [GOH]