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Mean girls club : pink dawn / by Ryan Heshka.
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Pink dawn
ISBN:
9781910620229
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First edition.
Publication Information:
London : Nobrow, 2018.
Physical Description:
100 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
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"The Mean Girls are out for blood in this timely revenge fantasy that speaks to our deepest desires for awful, corrupt men to get what’s coming to ‘em! Filled with mayhem, misandry, and more danger than you can shake a stiletto at, get ready for a chaotic, bloody ride." -- From Amazon.com
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Summary

The Mean Girls are out for blood in this timely revenge fantasy that speaks to our deepest desires for awful, corrupt men to get what's coming to 'em! Filled with mayhem, misandry, and more danger than you can shake a stiletto at, get ready for a chaotic, bloody ride.

The Mean Girls Club have been laying waste to the town for years, and Mayor Schlomo is hell-bent on their destruction. He has other plans for the town's young women... brainwashing and sexual servitude. And so the Mayor blackmails a young mechanic by the name of Roxy to infiltrate the Clubhouse - but Roxy's feisty attitude lands her an initiation into the Club instead! Torn between her obligations to her dying grandfather, the Mayor's dirty threats, and her unexpected friendships with the Mean Girls, will Roxy help the Girls to bring down the Mayor's cult once and for all?


Author Notes

Based in Vancouver, Ryan Heshka is a selftaught artist and illustrator. His childhood influences of antiquated comics, pin-ups, and pulp magazines persist to this day, and his paintings are full of pop-culture references through the ages. Ryan primarily works in acrylic paint on wood panel. He has exhibited extensively across Europe and North America including at Roq la Rue in Seattle and the Jonathan Levine Gallery in New York.


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

This exhibition of mid-century dime-store dame rebellion is so over-the-top that it misses the mark. In response to a botched attack on their hideout, a group of femme fatales known as the Mean Girls Club sparks a crime wave fueled by misandry and a thirst for the destruction of 1950s ideals. A horrified Mayor Schlomo enlists mechanic Roxy to infiltrate the gang's ranks and hand-deliver them to him. Needing cash to care for her unwell grandfather, Roxy accepts his offer. After breaching the club, who ridicule each other and mourn their smudged eyebrows more openly than their lost "sisters," Roxy leads the Mean Girls into a trap, resulting in their arrest. But when Roxy suffers a devastating personal blow, she's left regretting her actions at a grim crossroads where all the women are in peril. This feisty noir is black, white, and hot pink all over, but the toxic girl gang's clawing at each other while stabbing down the patriarchy undercuts the seemingly intended messages of feminist empowerment. Still, nostalgic pulp genre fans will get a kick out of the expressive art style and rowdy sexploitation references. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Not snotty high schoolers per the Lindsay Lohan film, these very adult gals are out to break the power (and head) of corrupt Mayor Schlomo (who likes to peep under young girls' skirts). Sweets, Wanda, Wendy, Pinky, Blacky, and McQualude all survived male exploitation, with heart-wrenching tales to tell. So when the lecherous mayor hires naive Roxy to betray the club, the ladies retaliate with guts and guns. Heshka's (Welcome to Robot Town) heroines embody the hilariously extravagant curves of retropulp heroines, such as Will Eisner's P'Gell from The Spirit or Al Capp's ladies in Li'l Abner, plus stiletto heels and sass to match. The transgressive, more modern dialog and some of the character names play on slang for genitalia, e.g., "gun-toting gashes," "poon-goons." Stylized panel design and expertly selected pink/black colors emphasize the story's brazen bawdiness. VERDICT This satisfying revenge comedy arrives at just the right time to appeal to readers hungry for payback against gropers and grabbers. Sexualized imagery, lampoonery of faux--sanctimonious religion, and rowdy language; no actual nudity.-MC © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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