Wednesday, August 08, 2018

It's Jane's World

Back in 1998, for those among us who can remember that far, it wasn’t a super awesome time to be a gay lady. Ellen’s TV show had just been cancelled. “The L Word” wasn’t a thing yet. Rosie, Portia, Jodie and Wanda weren’t out yet. And AfterEllen (may it R.I.P.) and Autostraddle definitely weren’t things yet. All we had were Melissa and k.d. and Martina. And, for some of us, Jane. You know Jane Wyatt, the bespectacled short-haired, swoopy-banged blonde lesbian who was perpetually bad at dating? Yeah, that Jane.

The syndicated online comic strip “Jane’s World” by Paige Braddock debuted in 1998 and was a favorite and a staple for me back in the day. It was one of my lifelines to lesbianism in those nascent days of finding my community. And it remains an impressive not to mention historic achievement. In 2001 it became the first LGBTQ-themed comic strip to receive national media syndication through Comics.com (now on GoComics.com). You can read fresh “Jane’s World” comics there to this day. Right now. Seriously, go do it.

Now, to commemorate its 20th anniversary, Paige is releasing an anthology retrospective called “Love Letters to Jane's World.” Besides offering a collection of the strips, it also features fan stories and letters about the comic and characters. The book it available starting today at comic stores and Aug. 21 at bookstores and online. Paige, by the way, keeps rather busy between her comic, being the Chief Creative Officer at Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates, and writing a line of graphic novels for kids.

So consider this my own little love letter to “Jane’s World.” I, too, had a crush on Trinity Chelle, like everyone else. And, of course, it doesn’t hurt that Jane’s best friend’s name is Dorothy.

6 comments:

Carmen SanDiego said...

I wasn’t familiar with this. Gonna check it out. Thank you DS !

Anonymous said...

Well I was born in 85 and didn’t come out until 2000, so this didn’t even exist in my world. But holy shit I wish it had! I’m absolutely going to check it out now, thanks DS!

Anonymous said...

Paige Braddock also writes lesbian romance novels under the name Missouri Vaughn. They are quite good.

Anonymous said...

Oops. I spelled Vaun wrong. Missouri Vaun

Ami Chancellor-Phillips said...

I didn't realize that Jane's World was still out. I started reading it early on and have loved it ever since. Not sure how I got away from it or missed that it's still out. I love Jane's World -- and now I have to check it out AND the lesbian romance novels by Paige/Missouri.

Dar said...

It’s a almost daily strip on GoComics.com