Exclusive: Image Brings LA Nightlife to Life in POSEURS
Bringing LA Nightlife to Life in POSEURS
From diamond-encrusted debutante balls in the hills to the neglected streets of the Eastside, if you’re not careful the Los Angeles party scene can eat you alive. In the upcoming graphic novel Poseurs, three teenagers find that out the hard-way.
“At the time I wrote the book, I was editor-in-chief of Metromix LA, a website and weekly paper published by the LA Times covering events, food and nightlife for twenty-somethings. So I was especially steeped in this world. That's partly why I set Poseurs against that world.
Although that might seem odd for some, hiring celebrities – or just plain good looking people – to be at an event or party does happen – not only in Los Angeles, but all over the world.
“I read an article in a newspaper -- I forget where now -- about celebrities being paid like $50,000 to make appearances at parties, so people can say "so-and-so was there." I thought it was funny,” explains Vankin. “I just took the concept a little further and fictionalized it. What if real people were paid to attend parties? That sparked the concept.”
“Basically, Poseurs about three very different teens who lose themselves in the underworld of glamorous Hollywood and LA parties – from the bloated, billion-dollar mansions of Bel Air, to the graffiti-tagged back streets of LA’s Eastside. There's a kidnapping. A few seedy characters,” Vankin said. “It's fun.”
The three teens stuck in this harrowing coming-of-age story is the previously mentioned Jenna and two others, Pouri Lin and Mac McQuarry. McQuarry is a white kid hailing from the valley with an obsession for street slang, and self-proclaimed “9th most prolific contributor to urbanthesaurus.com,” said Vankin.
Pouri Lin is a mysterious “parachute kid”, dropped into the country by her wealthy parents and set-up with a mansion to live in, $5000 a month to spend and no strings – or school – attached. She’s been tasked to learn English and is being groomed to take over the family business someday, but she’s forgone her matriculation in favor of becoming a fixture on the LA party scene.
Three teenagers pulled from three disparate parts of the Los Angeles area meet – where else – at a party and it gets started from there.
“All three meet in the party world where Pouri is a guest, Mac is a busboy and Jenna has an after school job as a “Housegusest for hire” – paid to party, undercover, at glamorous hollywood soirees,” explains the writer. “She was hired by We The Party People who send fake guests to dinner parties and the like, in order to “flesh out the guest list” with attractive, seemingly smart and interesting people. Thing is: you never know who’s real at and who’s rented at these things.”
“Rick Mays' art is fantastic,” gushes Vankin. “He used to live in LA and he really captures the grittiness of Echo Park and both the glamour and ridiculousness of some of these parties.”
The graphic novel Poseurs is scheduled to be released February 16, 2011 by Image Comics.