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Image Expo: Prima With Jen Van Meter and Rick Burchett

Written by Tim Midura on Wednesday, April 06 2016 and posted in News with Benefits

Image Expo: Prima With Jen Van Meter and Rick Burchett

Ballet spies.

Source: Image Expo

Tim Midura is reporting live from Image Expo in Seattle. We use the term reporting very loosely.

Jen Van Meter Writer
Rick Burchett Artist

  • Two women use a dance company as a front for spies.
  • Dance company makes it easy to travel around the world.
  • Set during the Cold War.

From Image:

You don't always see who's standing in the spotlight.

Creators Jen Van Meter and artist Rick Burchett team up to tell an all-new story about a dance company—comprised entirely of former spies—righting the wrongs of the Cold War in a series called, PRIMA.

PRIMA follows Sophia Forais and Pauline French are the soloist and Managing Director of a dance company that once served as a front for a Resistance cell in France. Engaged for a long run in New York, the dancers have turned their attention and unique skills to aiding a veteran of the Romanian underground now being blackmailed by her American husband. The small operation should prove simple, but Sophia, Paulina and their colleagues will quickly learn that the war has not really ended, and the world is no less ruthless than it was when they were smuggling information and refugees during the Occupation.

"Rick and I started Prima around a shared love of mid-century illustration and hybrid genres. The book started from a simple heist premise but has really evolved into something else —with a large cast and secrets both inside and outside the dance company, there's a little Robin Hood, a little Le Carre and a healthy dose of soap opera," said Van Meter. "We wanted to capture the sense of relief, vitality and glamour that followed in the wake of the Allied victory, but couldn't turn away from the immediate onset of the Cold War, nor from the civilian lives forever altered by the rise and spread of Fascism in Europe. When Jeanine [Schaefer, editor] and Eric [Newsom, designer] became involved in the project, both immediately got what we were trying to do and leapt in to help us refine and control it. The crunchy center of the series is really about the role of Art and the Artist in the political sphere; the sweet, chewy exterior is all ballerinas, cat burglars, jazz musicians, murder and romance."

An espionage/romance adventure set in the arts world just after WWII, PRIMA is a warm-hearted series of intrigues: To Catch a Thief goes to the ballet.

On stands in FALL 2016.




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