10 years in “Jane’s World”: An interview with Paige Braddock


Paige Braddock is a regular around these parts, even if you don’t immediately recognize her name. She is the Eisner-nominated creator of Jane’s World, the comic which graces AfterEllen.com every Thursday. By sharing the adventures — and misadventures — of lesbian newspaper reporter Jane Wyatt, Braddock gives us a lot of laughs at Jane’s expense and, in doing so, makes us feel a lot better about our own little foibles.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Jane’s World. In celebration, Braddock’s Girl Twirl Comics just released a hardcover edition of Jane’s World: A New Frontier. The lovely book chronicles the history of the series and collects Volume 10 of Jane’s World, in which “Jane gets mistakenly recruited by the Star League to defend the frontier against Xur and the Ko-Dan Armada.” Yes, it’s a lesbian parody of The Last Starfighter. And it is awesome.

Paige graciously took some time from a day of meetings at Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates, where she is Creative Director, to talk to AfterEllen.com.

AfterEllen: Congratulations! Can you believe you’ve been doing Jane’s World for 10 years?

Paige Braddock: No, I really can’t. It seems unreal.

AE: How have things changed for comic strips like Jane’s World over that time period?

A lot of the changes have come from changes in the newspaper industry. So much of it is gone — a lot of East Coast papers we ran in aren’t even around anymore. That’s one reason I switched to a longer narrative; it made more sense to tell longer stories.

AE: You’re still in a few weeklies, though, right?

A few; the largest is the Dallas Voice. We’re part of Universal Press Syndicate, so we run daily on the GoComics site, which requires a PG rating.

AE: Really? You have to be PG at an online site?

Yes. It’s funny, because the lesbian/gay content is OK, but we can’t say “ass.” We’ve had a couple of things edited out and they pulled a shower scene that they felt was too risqué.

AE: Bummer; I’m sorry I missed that. That’s really one thing I like about Jane’s World, though, that sex happens but you leave it to the imagination.

Right. Sex is implied, but not really there. I’m much too bashful for that. Nothing hot and heavy.

AE: Except the shower scene we’ll never see. [Paige says it’s on her blog somewhere. If you find it, send us the link!]