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Not your daughter’s Ginger Fox

The World of Ginger Fox

The World of Ginger Fox

When life gives you lemons, the saying goes, make lemonade. In the case of CO2 Comics, it’s more like sparkling ginger ale.

CO2 is a small comics publisher that, I confess, I never paid much attention to until a rather confusing e-mail landed in my in-box. Turns out they are serializing a 1980s graphic novel, The World of Ginger Fox, online, and suddenly they were getting lots of hits. The reason? Apparently there is a real Ginger Fox:

Nickelodeon’s Ginger Fox, played by actress Ginger Rosselin Cynthia Fox, is a washed-up pop star trying to make a comeback. Her exploits were featured in an episode titled “iFix A Popstar” on the popular television show iCarly that stars Miranda Cosgrove as Carly.

There’s a video, too, a parody of Britney Spears, and youngsters searching for that online have been running into the other, earlier Ginger Fox. Who actually seems like a pretty good role model, if the 12 pages of her comic that are up on the site are any indication; within a couple of pages, she has terrified the executives of a major movie studio, issued scathing critiques of all the work in progress, and taken on a killer kung fu cult, all without dislodging a hair from her exuberant 80s bouffant. The ostensible purpose of the press release is to advise parents of the potential for error — Ginger Fox is listed as an adult comic, although it looks pretty PG to me. It’s hard to imagine the teeny-boppers sticking around to be corrupted, but for those of us who are old enough to remember the ’80s, it’s kind of awesome. Well played, CO2!



The graphic novel was pretty good. I don’t remeber being shocked by anything while reading it as a kid. That Pander Brothers follow up series, however, was just frightening to look at.

There was also an episode of Nick’s show Tru Jackson where a character was named Dakota North. Nick likes the comics.

I scored a copy of the signed&numbered hardcover a few weeks ago for an everyday price.

The artist, Mitch O’Connell (?), hasn’t done much comics work, but is well known for his expressive artwork. The James Jean of that period?

The story is perfect. The style is pure 80s. The plot is the type frequently seen of comics of this period, as the Direct Market fueled a wide selection of genres and storytelling.

There are some adult themes in the comic, but it would probably be rated PG-13 or T. It didn’t shock me back then, but then, I grew up on unscrambled cable television.


Brigid Alverson

March 31, 2010 at 3:39 am

After reading the webcomic, I ordered a copy via Paperback Swap. It seems to be readily available via the usual channels (Amazon, eBay) as well. I can’t wait to read the whole thing!

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