Bury The Lede Pulls From Gaby Dunn’s Life As A Reporter This October

by James Ferguson

Boom! Studios has announced Bury the Lede, a new original graphic novel from author Gaby Dunn and artist Claire Roe coming in October 2019. The comic is inspired from Dunn’s own experiences as a Boston Globe reporter, delving into how we find answers in an increasingly complex world and the hidden threats surrounding those truths.

Writer Gaby Dunn says:

I’m obsessed with ‘ripped from the headlines’ crime shows and am so honored and stoked to be jumping into this genre, especially in a medium like graphic novels which allowed me to collaborate with incredible talent like my editor Dafna Pleban and artist Claire Roe. I love working alongside women to make cool stuff about flawed, complex female characters like our book’s heroine (and the women she surrounds herself with). Especially in a genre like crime that is so heavily male, it’s been cool to make such a queer, colorful, realistic-to-my-own-experiences depiction of being a crime reporter.

Bury the Lede follows 21-year-old Madison T. Jackson, a star of the Emerson College student newspaper who gets a coveted night internship at Boston’s premiere newspaper, The Boston Lede. She basically just has to do whatever the senior reporters tell her to do. That ranges from fetching coffee to getting a quote from a grieving parent. When a prominent Boston businessman’s murder pops up on the police scanner, Madison races to the scene of the grisly crime where she meets the woman who will change her life forever.
Dahlia Kennedy is a local socialite who is covered in gore and being arrested for the murder of her family. The newspapers put every reporter in front of her to try to get what they can, but to no avail. Then Madison gets a shot and unexpectedly barrels headfirst into danger she never anticipated.

Artist Claire Roe added:

On the surface this is a crime story, but in its heart it is the story of some very flawed women. We rarely get to enjoy these type of women in media, especially if they’re poc and queer, so getting to dive into this world and draw this story was right up my alley. I think true crime lovers will connect instantly with Madison, and will enjoy uncovering the motivations of the beautiful and enigmatic Dahlia.

Bury the Lede is the first in a new slate of adult original graphic novels coming from Boom! Studios. I’m very interested in what else the publisher may have in store. This has an Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips vibe to it, which is definitely not a bad thing.

Dafna Pleban, Senior Editor at Boom! Studios says:

Bury the Lede masterfully blends the thrilling relationships of Killing Eve with the sharp insights of Devil Wears Prada for an affecting reflection on the world around us. Gaby and Claire bring a different perspective the world of crime fiction, drawing from their own experiences to examine what it really means to be an investigative journalist in a world where it’s getting harder to trust the headlines.

Bury the Lede is scheduled for release in October 2019.

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