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Dean Trippe’s pitch for a kid-oriented Lois Lane series

Every now and then word comes out of a great idea for a comic that, for one reason or another, never made it’s way to print. This week, you’re in for a doozy.

Cartoonist Dean Trippe (Butterfly) was working with DC editor Chris Cerasi for a number of months on a new series reportedly to be part of DC’s kids line. Going under the title Lois Lane, Girl Reporter, Trippe’s proposal outlined a series of young-adult novels co-written with John Campbell and illustrated by Daniel Krall. The premise, as taken directly from the proposal to DC, was:

Lois Lane, Girl Reporter follows the adventures of young Lois Lane. At eleven years old, Lois has discovered her calling: investigative journalism. She sets out to right wrongs and help out her friends. This series explores Lois’s character, reveals her surprising early influence on the future Man of Steel, and introduces fun new elements into this enduring character’s back story.

In each book, Lois will tackle a problem or mystery affecting the members of the community she finds herself in as she travels around the country. The investigations in this series will not be mystical or supernatural (though some characters may suspect such sources), but real world problems that Lois works to set right.

After months years of delay, Trippe reports that “it doesn’t look like the current leadership of DC is remotely interested in this kinda thing” and has posted it online for posterity. Trippe is currently working on a new OGN with J. Torres called Power Lunch for Oni Press, and still hopes to get a chance on one of DC or Marvel’s superheroes in the near future.

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Meanwhile, DC churns out crap like Tiny Titans, which last I looked at it read like it was written by a 4 year old. There’s a difference between writing for children and writing like a child.

This sounds good, therefore DC probably won’t even comment. DC’s more interested in offering writing jobs to artists who have never written before, and company execs who can’t write a story to save their lives.

37 years old.
College educated.
Loves Tiny Titans.

Would also love reading the series described above.

Crap does not win Eisner Awards–Comics aren’t the Grammys (yet).

This would-be series looks/ sounds great! I’d read it.

I would be so excited to buy this for the kids in my family, especially if they were neat little hardbacks like the Vertigo Crime line.

I read the first issue and it was the single dumbest, most condescending thing I have ever read.

If it remained that bad, and got an Eisner award, someone’s buying Eisner awards.

First issue of Tiny Titans, that is.

Sounds awesome. A real shame that DC wouldn’t bite, although not surprising in the least. I hope Power Lunch fares better.

Same here. And I think that even if Lois Lane: Girl Reporter doesn’t appeal to DC’s current audience, it has a LOT of potential to bring in new, female readers. So hopefully DC will reconsider one day…

If DC or Marvel is not employing Trippe by the end of this year, I will be shocked. But of course, this is the same consumer base and industry that could not support a Thor comic written by Roger Langridge and drawn by Chris Samnee. So I may be expecting too much of a reality.

There was also a Wonder Woman YA series proposed and shot down by DC. The excuse of “the market won’t support this” only shows the root of the mistake DC (as well as Marvel) continues to make.

The try to sell the right books to the wrong crowd.

Books in this vein should be available in comic shops but the marketing of it can’t be focused on the wednesday
crowd.

Go after the Harry Porter/ Twightlight fans. Plan book signs with the creators at book stores of all kinds.

Pay for ads in “girl mags” and on teen-geared websites.

Pair the Lois Lane book in a line with Wonder Woman book that Ben Caldwell proposed.
To round out the line, create a Connor Hawk Green Arrow YA book without the baggage that he has to carry in the DCU.

Just a thought.

Thanks for the post and kind words, Chris & Robot 6. The response to my post about the LL,GR pitch has just been overwhelming. Whether DC or Marvel want anything to do with me, (and Marvel’s looking more appealing presently) I’m gonna go make comics like this.

Oh, and Tiny Titans rules. If you don’t get it, you don’t get it. Me and my almost-three-year-old love it to bits.

What is wrong with these people?

Marvel or Dc I wouldnt trust Dean to finish any project you give him. I’m still waiting for a sketch I paid his for last September. Excuse after excuse with this guy. $125 down the drain! Beware.

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