Call her shoujo (girl comics) or call her josei (lady comics), the surprise winner of two Golden Globes last night, zeitgeist idol Lena Dunham has been called the voice of her generation—or at least a voice IN a generation. According to this Vulture piece, she keeps some graphic novels on her nightstand, including Daniel Clowes’ GHOST WORLD and and Julie Doucet’s Long Time Relationship. Dunham explains “I love children’s books and graphic novels, especially ones with scrappy girls at the center.”
Whether this is actual reading by Dunham or a PR answer (the Doucet book is pretty obscure to be an obvious choice; it likewise isn’t a graphic novel), one thing is clear: even the cohort of non-nerdy young women who are most interested in sex, college loans, and getting into The Woods on Saturday are finally a perfectly plausible potential audience for graphic novels.
Between Dunham and Rookie mag Tavi Gevinson‘s avowed liking for graphic novels, America is growing its own eventual josei audience.
Speaking of Clowes and HBO, when last we heard, he was developing a show called The Landlord for the network. The project was announced last summer and hasn’t been heard from since—anybody hear about any updates?
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.