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Posts Tagged ‘— Emily Million’

DC Comics Launches Teen Girl Imprint

plain_janes_dccomics.jpgWhoever says comic books are for boys must’ve missed the text message on Minx, the new graphic novel imprint from publishing giant DC Comics targeted specifically to teenage girls.

The first of its kind from a major national publisher, Minx is being launched today by DC Comics, which hired Alloy Media + Marketing (known for its work with teen-girl hits like the Gossip Girl series and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) for a year-long, $250,000 ad campaign — a budget representing an “unprecedented level of commitment” by an American comic book publisher.

Up first from Minx? The Plain Janes, a graphic novel by Cecil Castellucci and illustrator Jim Rugg about a group of misfits — all named Jane — who form a secret art gang (P.L.A.I.N. = People Loving Art in Neighborhoods) to get through the “hell that is high school.”

— Emily Million

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Hearst Launches ‘Cosmo Fake Calls’

hearst_phone_calls.jpgSuffering from chronic bad blind date syndrome? Need a better way to escape from the awkward silences and painful convos without hurting the poor guy’s feelings? Well girls, today’s your lucky day.

As part of its digital plan, Hearst has partnered with a company called Moderati to launch something called “Cosmo Fake Calls,” a scripted call-back service that gals can book when they need to escape from a nightmare date. You can choose from different scripts (such as “boyfriend, girlfriend, or fake French lover”) and pick when you want to be saved by the ring, whether it’s five, 15, 30, 60 minutes &#151 or immediately, of course.

The service is vaguely similar to the Rejection Hotline, the phone number that leads to a not-so-subtle recording informing him of your lack of interest. Since the hotline’s creation in 2001, over 100 million rejects have called in.

Offering phone numbers in over 100 cities (NYC’s is 212-660-2245, by the way), that company now boasts rejection business cards, email addresses and even offers users a personal “screen number” — for those guys that fall somewhere short of “hell no” — where a voicemail is sent to you via email as a mp3 file.

While the Rejection Hotline’s services are all free, Cosmo still sees a demand for their new service. At $.99 a call, the self-professed “relationship bible” believes “Cosmo Fake Calls” will become a go-to strategy for its young readers who have grown up in the era of texting fees. “As Cosmo has 15 million young female readers, many of whom are single and dating, we expect there will be a need for this ‘mobile best friend’ when those dates don’t all go as planned,” explained a marketing reprensentative. “The whole experience is scripted and utterly believable!”

— Emily Million

Ex-Voice Sex Columnist’s Letter To The Times

rkb_book_tour.jpgEver wondered what happens to a letter to the editor that doesn’t make it into the paper? Yeah, us neither.

Despite what you might think, ex-Village Voice sex columnist and author Rachel Kramer Bussel doesn’t just spend time on sex blog book tours. She also writes letters to the New York Times. And when the Times fails to publish them, she sends them to this Web site, a sort of clearinghouse for rejected letters to editors (which, despite criticism, is not a “not a dumping ground for every letter sent to a ‘letters page,’” say its founders).

Here’s Kramer Bussel’s rejected Times letter from April 6:

To the Editor:

In “Campus Exposure” (New York Times Magazine, March 4, 2007) Alexandra Jacobs fawns over the college students she profiles [regarding their easy going attitude towards posing in the nude and publishing sexually explicit magazines like Boink at Boston University or H Bomb at Harvard — Editor] even as she condemns them. She calls college sex columns “little red-light districts within the respectable black-and-white confines of established school newspapers,” while the TimesStephanie Rosenbloom (“A Disconnect on Hooking Up” March 1, 2007) quoted former Columbia Spectator sex columnist Miriam Datskovsky to counter the more conservative views of author Laura Sessions Stepp just a few days earlier.

Can’t we accept that college-age students are simply more open when it comes to sex than those of us in our thirties, forties, and beyond and not judge them? As a former sex columnist for The Village Voice, I know that those of us who write about sex are often treated with the same level of respect as “sex workers” (read: none). I applaud this generation of sexual entrepreneurs for furthering the conversation about a topic that all of us, no matter our age, are endlessly curious about.

— Rachel Kramer Bussel
Brooklyn, NY

— Emily Million

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    Our personal favorite: The New York Times‘ “East Coast Storm Breaks Rainfall Records” (toned down from its earlier headline, “Storm Unleashes Flooding and Snarls Travel”). Their take on the “globular nebula 800 miles across that reached from the Carolinas to New England”:

    “The day was, in a way, like great theater: the drama of the approaching storm, the searching wind at the panes and rain dancing on the pavement, the smudged sky, the iron-gray day like a movie in black and white. The overcast was solid, great plates of corrugated iron fused from horizon to horizon, and the streets glistened in the rain: a metallic futureworld.”

    Exactly.

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