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Another Stranger in Paradise Immortalized

Francine of Terry Moore's STRANGERS IN PARADISE to be released as a bust in November

By Arnold T. Blumberg     July 20, 2001
Source: Comic-Con International

The prototype Francine bust by Moore Creations
© 2001 Abstract Studio
Terry Moore remains one of the most successful independent comic book creators in the business today, having based the large part of his career entirely on his own series, STRANGERS IN PARADISE, which chronicles the lives and loves of lifetime friends Katchoo and Francine. With criminal intrigue, romantic interludes, general zaniness and the ever-present lesbian subtext (and just plain text), SIP as it is known to fans stands as one of the best ongoing sagas in comics and an example of comic book literature that transcends the traditional notion of superheroes and villains slugging it out in spandex.

An industry tradition that Moore and his company, Abstract Studios, have not eschewed however is merchandising. In the last few years, fans of SIP have finally been able to adorn their homes with symbols of their fondness for Katchoo, Francine, David, and the other characters that populate Moore's melodic series. Magnets, limited edition prints, t-shirts, postcards, hardcover collections, slipcovers, enamel pins SIP has become a small cottage industry of merchandise in addition to the ongoing monthly title (which temporarily found a home at Image Comics before returning to Moore's own studio imprint). Apart from stints on LADY SUPREME and the recent Willow & Tara BUFFY one-shot from Dark Horse (featuring a story by the TV show's own Tara, Amber Benson), "Wanna Blessed Be," Moore has clearly focused most of his creative effort on telling the tale of these two young women and their undying bond.

Last year, the SIP family welcomed a stunning new member of the family in the form of a small bust of Katchoo designed by Clayburn Moore of Moore Creations (no relation). This was the first three-dimensional rendering of an SIP character and brilliantly captured the flowing line familiar to fans of Moore's work. Now, after preliminary concept sketches made the rounds some time ago, including a letters page appearance in a recent issue of SIP, the next bust in the line has been previewed at this year's San Diego Comic-Con.

This November, Katchoo will be joined by her friend Francine in another uncanny 3-D likeness of Terry Moore's creation, sporting a ponytail and whimsical expression. New prints of the two ladies, new t-shirts and some other surprises are also in store for SIP fans, including a possible full length figure from Clayburn Moore featuring both girls.

Stay tuned to CINESCAPE for a future interview with Terry Moore about SIP and his other work.


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