Andrea and I have known each other for almost 10 years now. Yes, time sure flies. I met Andrea when I first started doing security for a night club called Wett Bar (just changed over from Mars at the time, now called Atlantis) here in Vancouver. Andrea ended up working at the bar for many years after I had left, brightening up everybody’s night at the coat check. I remember very clearly bumping into Andrea one night at a downtown 7-11 and she came in with stiletto heels and leather jumpsuit, her excuse was that she’s going to a photo shoot . . . sure I believe the last time I saw Andrea was when she was working cover at Loft Six, good thing I ducked out early that night as later there was a fatal shooting. Since then Andrea has moved to New York to pursue her brave dreams. She has flourished!
The foxy Andrea has always been busy multi-tasking with day/night jobs, modelling gigs and her true passion with poetry, specifically the spoken word. From her magazine, Copious, spawned her comic book alter ego: MINX. I am proud to introduce the lovely and seductive Andrea Grant in this installment of SUCCESS 101 on Leo Chiang DOT COM.
Andrea Grant is the creator of the striking new urban mythology comic book series ‘Andrea Grant’s MINX’ and the founder of Copious Amounts Press (www.copiousamounts.com) which has produced Copious Arts Magazine since 2001.
Copious Amounts Press released Issue #1 of the Coma Sleepers Hear It All storyline in February 2007 and sold out of its first print run within seven days. Refreshingly original, MINX merges Native American mythology with clever contemporary fantasy, taking elements from the popular super-hero genre and creatively combining it with aspects from more intellectually challenging, autobiographical types of graphic novels.
Utilizing her skills as an accomplished poet and writer, as well as performance artist playing the lead character of Minx, Grant brings elements to her comics work that are unique.
Industry legend Jim Saliscrup described her as ‘that rare individual that has the soul and vision of a great artist who is able to entertainingly express herself through mainstream media’ and this is evidenced by her ever-growing legions of fans.
Grant has had more than 150 articles, poems and photos published internationally in arts journals. She is known as ‘The Pin-Up Poet’ because of her background as a fashion model, most famously as a Camel Cigarettes girl. She has already been the subject of three national documentaries.
Thriving on the excitement of new creative projects and collaborations, Grant has several books slated for release this year including a collection of her poetry and photos as part of the ‘Pin-Up Poet’ series, a collaborative retelling of the Grimm Fairytales with acclaimed Seattle pop-artist Justin Hampton and the curation of a book of portraits of comic book icons shot by award-winning photographer Ken Thurlbeck.
Congratulations on your continued success Andrea, we’ve all come a long way baby Look for more of Andrea and Minx as she works on an 3-part animated series, set for a May 2007 release.
www.copiousamounts.com for all things MINX
Posted on April 2nd, 2007 by Leo
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