Nearly every lesbian I know has a story about that one book or TV show or movie that made everything click into place for them about their sexuality. For me, it was Terry Moore‘s comic book series Strangers in Paradise, a legendary narrative that spanned 12 years, 100 issues, and a dozen genres. At its core, SiP is a love story about two women — good Christian girl Francine Peters, who has only ever wanted to be known and loved and also to fit into some size six jeans, and semi-reformed badass Katina Choovanski, who has only ever wanted Francine — that dance around their desires for a decade before [SPOILER ALERT!] finally falling forever into each other’s arms.
I’m not being hyperbolic when I say I used to sit out beside my mailbox and wait for my postman to deliver new issues of SiP. And when they arrived, I’d shut myself away in my room and dive into every panel for hours on end. One time, my roommate accidentally tossed out an unread issue with the recycling and I made her take me to the recycling center where I climbed over a barbed-wire fence in the middle of the night and jumped into a bin with thousands of newspapers to recover my comic — because I couldn’t wait another day to find out what was happening with my two best girls. So you can imagine how heavy my heart was in 2005 when I waved goodbye to Francine and Katchoo in the last issue of their epic saga.
And you can also imagine my my surprise (shock! awe! full-tilt hysteria!) when Terry Moore announced via Tumblr last week that he’ll be publishing a new Strangers in Paradise story in 2013. Along with the gulp-worthy portrait above, he teased: ” You’ll have to wait until  to find out what America’s cutest couple has been up to, but one thing I can tell you, they’re very clean.”
Wait until 2013! Oh, no. No, indeed. You can’t promise me something like that and not offer up any details! Which is exactly what I told Terry when I emailed begging for information. Always affable, Terry took time out of his San Diego Comic-Con prep to email me back. I could practically hear his grin behind every answer.
Will the 2013 story be a single issue or a mini-series?
What made you decide to revisit Kat and Fran?
Can you give us any hints about where the story will pick up?
That crash you just heard was me making a beeline for my mailbox, where I will be camping out until 2013, when Fran and Kat are safely in my arms once again. In the meantime, I’ll continue reading Rachel Rising, Moore’s latest badass lady comic book.
What do you think of the news that Terry is publishing a full-length Strangers in Paradise novel?