“I wanted a black lady. I think the exact words I used were: ‘Cool, mirror, dope, darker skin black lady. Lisa [Sterle], is there a way we can do a little disco-inspired? ‘ Because disco balls and mirrors are amazing. ”
It was also the chance for Lore to tell a story about a non-binary hero that was not defined by their appearance. It was something Lore could relate to as a non-binary person who loves makeup and colors, but was worried about not being perceived as non-binary because of the connotation that these things are “femme”.
“This ended up being super personal for a fun slice-of-life thing,” Lore says. “There’s a lot of discussion about what being non-binary means visually. It was actually something I struggled with for a very long time. So it was important for me to write Jess as non-binary, as someone who is not is limited by being more or less femme or more or less masculine, more or less androgynous.Sometimes it’s just, ‘Oh, I feel that way today’, and that was the fun and secret seriousness of making a day in the life of Jess.
Sina Grace was given the task of writing for the villain who became a hero, known as Pied Piper. The story follows Pied Piper as he encounters a young copywriter (and new character), Drummer Boy. Like Lore, Grace saw the superheroes as a way to explore a personal journey that he himself had traveled.
“I was able to talk about two different generations with two different approaches to how to get things done,” Grace explains. “I would really use a character like Pied Piper – who was once a bad guy and is now a good guy – against Drummer Boy who is like Gen Z for a mistake, and get them to really get into what it wants say to be responsible for your community. ”
That thread was one that resonated deeply with Grace, connecting it with the conversations he had with himself about his ideals as a young man, and the way he felt the younger version of himself could look at him now.
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