Artist Vinnie Tartamella wrote us a line yesterday to say that the Bluewater comics biography of Barbara Walters, for which he painted the covers, was slated to be discussed on The View, this week. He thought it would be either yesterday or tomorrow. According to people close to Walters, she’s seen the comic and loves it and might even write an intro for the collected edition.
Getting a comic mentioned on The View or Oprah has often been seen as the crowning glory of comics mainstreaming — reaching the audience of middle-aged women who like to sit around and be busybodies is the final quadrant for the graphic medium to hurdle — it would all be gravy after that. Speculation over what GN might be suitable for Oprah’s book club — and the millions of sales that follow — is a popular topic among comics types, with something like PERSEPOLIS or LOVE & ROCKETS popular choices. So the Female Force comic making the grade (I believe comics have been mentioned previously on The View, but what hasn’t?) is…ironic, let’s just say.