Official Press Release


Deborah Vankin, staff writer for the Los Angeles Times (arts & culture entertainment and nightlife) and former editor-in-chief of the LA Times’ alt weekly publications/websites, Metromix LA and Brand X, has released a new graphic novel with indie publisher Image Comics.

Recently reviewed by The Washington Post, the book, Poseurs, is decidedly non-superhero as it follows three very different Los Angeles teenagers who meet in the underworld of LA parties and Hollywood nightlife. Deborah is going to be in San Diego for Comic-Con and will be signing at the event July 23rd from 9:30 to 11:00 am and July 24th from 9:30 to 10:30 am at the Image Comics booth (#2729).


Masterminded by longtime Vertigo editor Shelly Bond, MINX published original graphic novels aimed primarily at teenage girls and debuted with The Plain Janes by “Street Angel” artist Jim Rugg and novelist Cecil Castellucci, author of the successful young adult novels, The Queen of Cool and Boy Proof.  The line also included works by novelists such as Rebecca Donner (Sunset Terrace) and Alisa Kwitney (Flirting in Cars), as well as mainstream and acclaimed comics creators like Mike Carey, Brian Wood and Andi Watson.

Bond was inspired to create MINX after observing the growing number of teenage girls reading manga in bookstores. “I started to wonder what was going to happen in a few years when those readers would want something new,” she said at the MINX launch in February, 2007. “So I pitched this line as an alternative to manga, but also as an alternative to traditional fiction, because I thought that it was really about time that teenage readers had their own imprint and that they could experience a brand new visual reading experience.”


Poseurs follows three teenagers from distinctly different corners of Los Angeles who meet in the underworld of LA nightlife and Hollywood parties and get in over their heads! From the graffiti-tagged streets of LA’s eastside to the bloated, billion dollar mansions of Bel Air, it’s a full-blown party noir!


Deborah Vankin is a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she covers arts & culture, entertainment and nightlife. Prior to that, she launched and served as Editor-in-Chief of the LA Times’ alt weekly publications/websites, Metromix LA and Brand X. Deborah’s work has also appeared in LA Weekly, Variety and The New York Times, among many other places. Her essays and short fiction have been produced at Spoken Interludes and Word Theatre in Los Angeles. Originally from Philadelphia, POSEURS is her first foray into comics.

She’s currently working on her second graphic novel.


978-1607063581 | Image Comics (April 5, 2011)

152 Pages | U.S. $16.99 | Distribution: Diamond