PR: What Not to Do: Clothes Don’t Do That

Zenescope has announced a new title called Salem’s Daughter by sending out this promotional piece:

Salems Daughter #1

Now, there’s nothing unusual about some pneumatic blowup doll wearing a bustier and garter belt as a costume, but I was somewhat surprised by the sheer obviousness of what they’ve done to her “skirt”. Yes, they’ve put a hole right in the middle of it to better highlight the peekaboo cootch effect.

I don’t think I need to tell any of this blog’s reader that fabric doesn’t rip that way. Cloth rends under stress — was something rubbing just that area really really hard for a long time?

Due out in March, the book is described as follows, typos and errors intact:

The comic follows two main characters, the first is Anna Williams, an out-casted young woman with extraordinary powers she is just beginning to realize and the other is Braden Cole, a gunslinger looking for redemption. The two team up and attempt to help strangers who are dealing with supernatural and terrifying occurrences. Zenescope VP and series writer Ralph Tedesco (GRIMM FAIRY TALES, SE7EN) explains the comic as “X-FILES meets BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER set in the late 1800s. This series will put a brand new spin on American folklore and mythologies such as the Leeds Devil, the Headless Horseman, famous hauntings, werewolves, demons and the list goes on. At the same time we’re giving readers a new stylistic vision of 19th century east coast America.” says Tedesco.

Expect to see more of this kind of thing. As Bluewater Productions Publisher Darren G. Davis told the Pulse, “We are bringing back the T&A into our comics. It was said to me to do that because that would help sales.”

20 Responses to “PR: What Not to Do: Clothes Don’t Do That”

  1. Randy Lander Says:

    Johanna, clearly that dress was ripped deliberately. Maybe in the 1800s, ripped crotchless miniskirts were the fashion, you know, like kids deliberately wearing ripped-up jeans? ;)

    Ah, Zenescope. Filling the niche that Chaos! Comics left.

  2. Suzene Says:

    You know, I can almost respect them being completely up-front about what they’re pushing. I don’t like books that peddle blatant T&A, so I won’t buy this, but at least they’re not trying to push an obvious wankmag as being empowering to women.

  3. Jamie Coville Says:

    I must admit, I’m curious as to *who* said to him T&A sells?

  4. Paul Sizer Says:

    Thanks for getting the phrase “peekaboo cootch effect” stuck in my brain for the night… ; (

  5. Ray Cornwall Says:

    Isn’t this the same company that is behind on paying talent according to Rich Johnston this week?

    Why yes, it is!

  6. Scott Bieser Says:

    In three weeks we will see a new band with the name “Peekaboo Cootch Effect” and Johanna won’t realize a dime from it.

  7. Johanna Says:

    So I described what I was writing about to KC, “they put a hole in the middle of the girl’s skirt”, and his first question was, “Is she wearing underwear?” Sad that we’re at a point where you have to wonder just how far they took it.

  8. Thom Says:

    Wait, isn’t Blue-Water the publisher putting out the various women politician bio comics?

  9. Johanna Says:

    Yes. Which suggests to me that they’re somewhat desperately casting around for whatever will keep them afloat.

  10. Alan Coil Says:

    Every week, I find a new thing that wants me to end my life. Last week, it was sitting through a horrible karaoke session. This week, it is the devastatingly poorly written hype for this book.

    How can their books have any chance at all of being good if they can’t write a simple promo?

    If you can’t string together a noun, a verb, and a couple phrases in an intelligent manner, you don’t deserve to be in publishing. Please quit.

  11. Sallyp Says:

    They’re bringing BACK T&A? I wasn’t aware that it ever left.

  12. david brothers Says:

    Sallyp, there’s a recession on. For a while, T&A was way to pricey a barrel to really be worth it, but thanks to the stimulus package, it’s back down to reasonable levels. Publishers are buying lots of it now!

  13. Thom Says:

    “Yes. Which suggests to me that they’re somewhat desperately casting around for whatever will keep them afloat.”

    I worry that the two mentalities will cross paths…and that seems inappropriate.

  14. caleb Says:

    DOES T and A sell? I can’t think of a single “hit” book that counts as a T&A book. Unless you count the current run on Justice League of America, maybe…?

    But I suspect that has at least as much to do with all those popular superheroes as it does how much the artist likes drawing super-T&A…

  15. Marc-Oliver Frisch Says:

    “”We are bringing back the T&A into our comics. It was said to me to do that because that would help sales.””

    Spinal Tap!

  16. Matt Maxwell Says:

    Normally I’d say “Great! Another western!”

    Only this time, I’m not.


  17. Raven Gregory Says:

    It really is a pretty good book. Give it a read and don’t be fooled by the cover

  18. Johanna Says:

    Are you saying that the cover is non-representative of the contents? Because that seems like bait-and-switch. On the other hand, if the cover does represent the book accurately, it’s certainly nothing I’m interested in.

  19. Raven Gregory Says:

    I’m saying that as a writer and creator, you want your work to be seen by as many people as possible. And when dealing with an independent comics in general, these covers tend to sell more than non provactive covers. We’ve tried many a time with the opposite and we’ve have seen the numbers time and time again come in low. So while it may be a bit bait and switch the people who enjoy the story stay for the story. Everything else is just happenstance. There’s truly a reason why there’s a saying “you can’t judge a book by its cover.”


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