From Leela Corman’s forthcoming graphic novel, Unterzakhn. Serialized here.
For a very long time, I had an idea that I wanted to do a story about a showgirl in Poland before the war. I could never get that idea off the ground, and I finally figured out that that was because I’m a bit sick of World War II and Poland, especially before the war, because my family came from there, and it was enough already with the war for me. Enough people have done better stories, films and art.
The whole showgirl idea was kicking around in the back of my head, and one night I went to hear [comics artist] Kim Deitch give a lecture at the Y, and the idea for “Unterzakhn” popped into my head, out of nowhere; maybe because the lecture was taking place in a hall where I spent a lot of my childhood. I had this sudden image of Fanya, one of my characters, growing up in a corset shop on the Lower East Side. It’s funny, because no one in my family came through the Lower East Side. The idea came and found me. Time will tell if it’s a good one.
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