Ask not what puddin’ can do for you, ask what you can do for puddin’!
What does that mean,exactly? If you guessed that Harley Quinn is going to rock the vote in the DC Universe, you’d be correct. As you can see in our San Diego Comic-Con interview below, Harley Quinn writers Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner revealed that the slate of upcoming stories, including one that celebrates the 25th anniversary issue of Harley in September and another major story called “Vote Harley,” will coincide with the actual Nov. 7, 2017 New York City mayoral election.
Joining Harley in her mayoral bid is her bestie and new running mate, Poison Ivy. They hope to oust the current DCU mayor of NYC, who has been a source of corruption dating back to the New 52. Harley’s fed up and she’s not going to take it anymore, so she's found a way to join the race. And you can bet that the heroes of Gotham City will have an opinion on the matter.
Palmiotti and Conner will co-write the “Vote Harley” arc beginning with Issue #27, on sale September 6 with art by John Timms. Conner will draw the covers, with variants by Frank Cho. No word yet on if back-up stories written by Paul Dini will continue during this arc, as he has not been listed in solicitations. Results of the election will be available in a new comic Wednesday, Nov. 8, so there will be no escaping the election talk, even in the local comic shops.
I caught up with Amanda and Jimmy at SDCC to talk about Harley’s run for mayor, and what could happen if she wins. We also spoke about her ever-changing appearance, and how the climate of comics has evolved to a point where Harley has helped shape the current state of diverse fandom.
We also got to talk about Palmiotti's new Kickstarter comic, of which he has nine previously successful funded campaigns, called Killing Time in America, a 72-page graphic novel for mature readers that he co-wrote with Craig Weeden and features the art of Moritat. This Kickstarter will begin campaigning this September so stay tuned to his linked profile.
Check out the interview below and let us know what you think!