‘Plain Janes’ returns in 2019

The former Minx title finds new life in a collection coming from Little, Brown.

Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg still have one more P.L.A.I.N. Janes story to tell, and it looks like it’ll come out in 2019.

According to Publisher’s Weekly, Little, Brown has acquired the rights to Plain Janes, a pair of graphic novels originally published as part of the Minx line by DC Comics. Little, Brown will collect the first two Janes stories and an all-new third story into one volume.

Castellucci, a musician and novelist, is the current writer of the Young Animal title Shade the Changing Girl. She’s also written several other comics, including Odd Duck, Soupy Leaves Home and The Year of the Beasts. Rugg is the creator of Afrodisiac and Street Angel, the latter of which Image has been publishing as graphic novels as of late.

As for the Minx line, DC Comics launched it back in 2007 as a way to create and market graphic novels aimed at teenage girls. While Minx was only around for about a year, it did produce some interesting material by creators like Sophie Campbell, Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly, Mariko Tamaki and Steve Rolston, Andi Watson and Josh Howard, and of course, Castellucci and Rugg. The P.L.A.I.N. Janes was the first book out of the gate in May 2007, and I remember we had Castellucci guest blog with us at Blog@Newsarama that month. The sequel, Janes in Love, followed in 2008 right before the line ended. Karen Berger and Shelly Bond, who were at Vertigo at the time, oversaw the line, and it’s interesting to see this back in the news when both of them are also back in the news.

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