Success 101: Andrea Grant

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!

andrea3.jpgThe foxy Andrea has always been busy multi-tasking with day/night jobs, modelling gigs and her true passionandrea4.jpg 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 ( which has produced Copious Arts Magazine since 2001.

andrea5.jpgCopious Amounts Press released Issue #1 of the Coma Sleepers Hear It All storyline in February 2007 andminx1.jpg 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.

minx2.jpgIndustry legend Jim Saliscrup described her as ‘that rare individual that has the soul and vision of a greatminx3.jpg 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.

minx4.jpgThriving on the excitement of new creative projects and collaborations, Grant has several books slated forminx5.jpg 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.

minx6.jpgminx7.jpgandrea6.jpgandrea7.jpgandrea8.jpgandrea2.jpg for all things MINX

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Comment by Andrea Grant Subscribed to comments via email
2007-04-02 18:46:53
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Thanks for the love, Leo. I forgot I used to blatantly walk around Vancouver in the Minx costume. At least in NYC I hide it under a trench coat!

It was only 7 years ago… don’t rush our silver anniversary celebration. Ha.

xo xo a

Comment by Leo
2007-04-03 01:44:47
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7 years is almost 10 ;) Those club years were all a blur.

Comment by Everyday Weekender Subscribed to comments via email
2007-04-02 18:56:49
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those are some great photographs..

Comment by derek Subscribed to comments via email
2007-04-02 19:21:45
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Leo, if you want us to read the words in these posts you have to stop putting so many great pics! My favorite is one that might not be all that obvious, the one where it looks like she is putting her hand up against a mirror. Very nice.

You’ve got a good thing with these Success 101 posts!

Comment by Leo
2007-04-03 13:49:51
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When you have a subject as stunning as Andrea, there is no such thing as a bad picture :)

Comment by Bob Buskirk
2007-04-02 19:41:43
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Nice post leo, to bad I don’t know anyone famous!

Comment by Shawn Knight Subscribed to comments via email
2007-04-02 20:00:32
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Damn Leo knows all the hotties… maybe I need to move to Canada? eh, nah too cold! hah

Comment by simple american Subscribed to comments via email
2007-04-03 11:43:15
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Talented lady. Will check out Minx for sure.

Comment by derek Subscribed to comments via email
2007-04-05 10:31:27
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Just thought I would share this link as I was browsing through Digg today and came across this piece about Andrea Grant. I think I have a new favorite picture, lol.

Comment by Andrea Grant Subscribed to comments via email
2007-04-05 13:01:45
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This is my best week in a while – Leo’s feature, and MAC chick of the month! Thanks for checking out my work.

Comment by derek Subscribed to comments via email
2007-04-05 13:12:52
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Somehow I think we are the ones that should be thanking you. :) Congrats on all of the success and notoriety.

Comment by Leo
2007-04-05 14:03:31
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Oooh, Andrea is so no-no-no-no-torious!

Comment by Leo
2007-04-05 14:04:51
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Looking forward to doing an update when your animated series comes out next month ;)

2007-11-01 23:17:39
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[...] couple nights ago I was also blessed with a visit from Success 101 heartthrob Andrea Grant, we met up for a few drinks before she had to return home to New York. Andrea was kind enough to [...]

Comment by Ahmed
2008-03-05 15:55:25
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Wow, she’s pretty

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