Mini-Comic Features Lesbian Vignette Among “Casual Encounters”

Hot off the presses, the new indy comic “One Night Stand,” written by David Hopkins, is available now at select stores.  The mini-comic series (that is the collaborative work of 32 artists) features a collection of one-page stories all about “casual encounters” where sex and intimacy, guilt and anonymity, and risk and fantasy are explored. Out lesbian artist Cat Staggs illustrated a lesbian story for the comic entitled “Darcy” and called on her actress-fiancé (FEED’s Amanda Deibert) as a model for the character.

Staggs has illustrated over 130 cards for the Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith card set for TOPPS and joined the Star Wars / LUCASFILM family in 2004, which brought her into the forefront of Star Wars fandom. In addition to her work in that galaxy far, far away, Cat also works in the comic book and film industries – ranging from creating original character sketches for a new character by Stan Lee for POW! Entertainment to her work on Rittenhouse Archives’ Complete Marvel Avengers, X-Men Archives, and DC Legacy card sets, as well as The World’s Finest VS trading card game and Iron Man I and II trading cards for Upperdeck. Her work has also been featured on The Lord of the Rings Evolution and Masterpieces card sets and three sets featuring Indiana Jones for TOPPS.

In her art for “Darcy” (pictured above), Staggs illustrates a man talking to a woman, telling her he likes her. The woman looks down and beams…and then the full shot reveals that she is actually looking down beaming at her girlfriend. The man is Colin Firth and the lesbian couple is watching Bridget Jones’ Diary.

The story behind “Darcy” stems from Hopkins’ friendship with a woman who recently came out as a lesbian and is having a difficult time dealing with it. This page in the book was his way of telling her that she is wonderful just as she is, being the person she is supposed to be. (The line from the film that is featured in the comic reads: “I like you…very much…just as you are.”)

“One Night Stand” also deals with straight sex, random hook ups – both lesbian and straight – and there is even a threesome thrown in a time or two. So, there is a little something for everyone.

Artists included in the book, in addition to Staggs (pictured left), are: Christopher Higginson, Ryan Dunlavey, Jason Copland, Sina Grace, Mark Murphy, J.E. Smith, Tom Kurzanski, Brock Rizy, Paul Milligan, Daniel Warner, ZeeS, Chad Thomas, Brad Marshall Wilson, Scott Zirkel, Dave Sherrill, David DeGrand, Tania Kaufmann, Nate Bramble, Joe Eisma, Matthew Warlick, Vinh Luan Luu, Jake Ekiss, Erica Stephens, Samax Randolph, Josh Boulet, Ryon Elliott, Cal Slayton, Jose Esquivel, David Rodriguez, Michael Lagocki, and cover design by April Wenzel.

Stores that have received copies of “One Night Stand” (which is an extremely limited edition) are: Zeus Comics and Collectibles in Dallas, Texas
Titan Comics in Dallas, Texas
Lone Star Comics in Dallas, Texas
Keith’s Comics in Dallas, Texas
Good Records in Dallas, Texas
Madness Games & Comics in Plano, Texas
Heroplex Comics and Games in North Richland Hills, Texas
Boomerang Comics in Lewisville, Texas
Austin Books in Austin, Texas
Domy in Austin, Texas
When Nerds Collide in Allen, Texas
Allstar Comics & Games in El Paso, Texas
Atomic Comics in San Antonio, Texas
Skylight Books in Los Angeles, California
Meltdown in Los Angeles, California
Golden Apple in Los Angeles, California
House of Secrets in Burbank, California
Hi De Ho Comics in Santa Monica, California
Isotope in San Francisco, California
Comic Relief in Berkeley, California
Hijinx Comix in San Jose, California
4 Color Fantasies in Rancho Cucamonga, California
Jim Hanley’s Universe in New York, New York
Midtown Comics in New York, New York
St. Mark’s Comics in New York, New York
St. Mark’s Comics in Brooklyn, New York
Rocketship in Brooklyn, New York
Jim Hanley’s Universe in Staten Island, New York
Pulp Nouveau Comix in Canandaigua, New York
Challengers in Chicago, Illinois
Quimby’s in Chicago, Illinois
Chicago Comics in Chicago, Illinois
Brainstorm Movies, Comics, & Gaming in Chicago, Illinois
Comix Revolution in Evantston, Illinois
The Million Year Picnic in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Hub Comics in Somerville, Massachusetts
Comicopia in Boston, Massachusetts
Reading Frenzy in Portland, Oregon
Cosmic Monkey Comics in Portland, Oregon
Floating World Comics in Portland, Oregon
Zanadu – Downtown in Seattle, Washington
Zanadu – University in Seattle, Washington
SpazDog Comics in Phoenix, Arizona
Samurai Comics in Phoenix, Arizona
Big Brain Comics in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Source Comics and Games in Falcon Heights, Minnesota
Bizarro Wuxtry in Athens, Georgia
The Dragon’s Horde in Stone Mountain, Georgia
Speeding Bullet Comics in Norman, Oklahoma
Astrokitty Comics in Lawrence, Kansas
Star Clipper in St. Louis, Missouri
Copacetic Comics Company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Atomic Books in Baltimore, Maryland
Sarge’s Comics in New London, Connecticut
Green Brain Comics in Dearborn, Michigan
Velocity Comics in Richmond, Virginia
Ssalefish Comics in Winston Salem, North Carolina
Tangled Web in Spartanburg, South Carolina
Zaldiva Comics and Collectibles in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Strange Adventures in Fredericton, New Brunswick
Strange Adventures in Halifax, Nova Scotia
The Beguiling in Toronto, Ontario
Comics Mart in Singapore.

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