BREAKING NEWS: Scott Lobdell & Guillem March to Adapt Valerie Solanas' S.C.U.M. ManifestoA comics news article
Earlier today, DC Comics issued a press release announcing that it was resurrecting its Paradox Press imprint, which notably published both A History of Violence and Road to Perdition as well as non-fiction pieces like the Big Book series and Scott Mcloud's Understanding Comics. But the bigger news was that the first release from the newly revived imprint would be an adaptation of Valerie Solanas' highly controversial radical feminist work The S.C.U.M. Manifesto to be penned by Red Hood and the Outlaws writer Scott Lobdell and Catwoman artist Guillem March.
Both creators have been the subject of controversy thanks to their interpretations of iconic characters like Starfire and Catwoman, but when asked for comment Lobdell indicated that he's always been interested in Solanas' work and this is by no means an attempt to appeal to feminist readers. "Solanas is one of my personal heroes," Lobdell said via e-mail, "She's been a huge influence on my work. Especially that cutting up men part. LOL."
Solanas is perhaps most famous for shooting Andy Warhol in 1968, an incident which led to her widespread fame and brought her attention from the likes of Norman Mailer, who dubbed her the "Robespierre of feminism." The incident also brought new attention to her S.C.U.M. Manifesto, which she had self-published the year prior. In the mid-'90s Mary Harron even directed a film based on Solanas' life and the attack, titled I Shot Andy Warhol. Nonetheless, Solanas remains a highly controversial figure and there are concerns over how Lobdell and March might treat the work.
Over a phone interview, March dismissed these concerns, stating "I've got a lot of plans for how to really make this material exciting. I want to focus on the lesser known fact that Solanas was a style icon, who was even praised by Warhol before she shot him. So there'll be lots of leather. To emphasize her toughness, you know?"
Lobdell and March are both clearly excited about the prospect of bringing this work to a new medium and if nothing else, it's sure to bring attention to Solanas, who died in 1988.