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Awesome Person Kelly Sue DeConnick Doing Adaptation of Barbarella


You may know her name because of her work at Marvel on fantastic books like Captain Marvel or her Image book Pretty Deadly, but back in the earlier days of her career, comic writer Kelly Sue DeConnick did a lot of manga adaptations for the American market. It was just announced that she’s going to be taking a crack at another adaptation, this time for the French series Barbarella for publisher Humanoids.

Most people have heard of Barbarella at least in passing.  The 1962 comic strip was the first comic to embrace sexual liberation for women and it helped kick off the sexual revolution.  Barbarella’s adventures often involved some sort of sexual exploits between her and various aliens she encountered.  The 1968 movie starring Jane Fonda is considered a cult classic, and they’ve been trying to remake it for years with various directors and actresses. The comics have never been easily available in the United States, so this collection is exciting news for fans of the movie that are eager to get their hands on the original material.

According to the details given to Robot 6, DeConnick will be reworking an existing translation for this sexy sci-fi comic in order to make the comic both more modern and closer to the original tone of the book.

(via DigitalSpy, Robot6)

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  • Cowtools

    Interesting…is this an adaptation or a translation or something in between?

    Just last year I saw the Barbarella film in the cinema. Great fun. It somehow manages to be very much of it’s time and yet unlike anything else.

    I am worried about KSD though. I read an interview with her where she said that the reason she had to have co-writers on Captain Marvel and Avengers Assemble for a while was because she had too much on her plate. I’d hate if this project got in the way of her awesome Marvel work.

  • locuas

    “Barbarella’s adventures often involved some sort of sexual exploits between her and various aliens she encountered.” oh, so she is bassically a female Kirk? (yes, i do realize this is actually from before ST)

  • Anonymous

    Will it be as sexually open as the original was?

  • Anonymous

    back in the earlier days of her career, comic writer Kelly Sue DeConnick did a lot of manga adaptations for the American market.

    Geek confession: I actually started reading her comics because I recognized her name from my Viz books. Oops. >_> (the Sexy Voice and Robo localization was really good, though)

  • Anonymous

    I couldn’t really get into Pretty Deadly on my first read of the first issue. Should I give the series another try?

  • Travis

    I watched Barbarella: Queen of Space on Netflix once and… crimney. I’ve watched porn with more believable scenarios for strangers having casual sex.

  • Aila

    This is nice and all but I rather have the original completely published here in English before I buy some reworked modern adaption by another artist. Fantagraphics? Where are you with my Complete Barbarella hardcover?

  • Cowtools

    If the art or the obtuse narration was your main barriers, then reading more won’t help.
    However, the second issue ramps up the action pretty quick with an awesome fight sequence, and the third issue very quickly gives some solid answers about what’s going on and establishes the plot pretty solidly.