His Black Brain, Her White Skull: WHITE LIKE SHE by Bob Fingerman in December

October 28, 2014

New edition of graphic novel explores sexuality, gender, and race

Louella Schwartz and Luther Albert Joyce — one a white teenage girl with a Ms. magazine subscription, the other a middle-aged African-American man who’s fallen on rough times. Their paths seem destined never to cross, but, in an extraordinary set of circumstances, Luther’s brain ends up in Louella’s body in WHITE LIKE SHE by Bob Fingerman (MINIMUM WAGE), which gets a sleek new Image Comics edition in December.

Originally published in 1993, Fingerman’s first graphic novel is a cutting satire exploring gender and race privilege with the creative abandon of a grindhouse film.

"What I’d set out to do was pulp with a message. Something Roger Corman might have made in the early ’70s, hence the new Blaxploitation poster-style cover,” wrote Fingerman in the Afterword of the new edition. “Really, that’s what White Like She is — pulp that could use a little more juice and pits. I still think it’s a fun idea; the beast with two heads minus a head. Race, gender, and body-swapping is a fun concept."

WHITE LIKE SHE is a 136-page graphic novel with never-before-seen bonus material. It will be in comic book stores on December 3 and in bookstores on December 16. It is available for pre-order now.

WHITE LIKE SHE by Bob Fingerman

  • ISBN 978-1-63215-146-9
  • Diamond Comic order code OCT140660
  • 136 pages, paperback, black and white
  • $14.99
  • In comic book stores December 3, bookstores December 16
  • Rated Mature
  • Retailers, librarians, and reviewers may request a PDF galley from Jennifer de Guzman, Director of Trade Book Sales, jenniferdeguzman@imagecomics.com

Praise for WHITE LIKE SHE:

"A grim and ambitious work — very, very realistically executed." –Will Eisner

"Imagine a Bob Burden comic co-plotted by Burroughs and Bukowski, throw in some inks by Spain Rodriguez, and you might wind up with White Like She — but only Fingerman himself could really pull this one off." –Axcess Magazine

"If there were any justice in the world, fans of brain-related entertainment would have their own glossy magazine... A comic as good as White Like She would undoubtedly merit a cover story. Fingerman would be a god to these people. –The Comics Journal