When I recently learned the Brian K. Vaughan comic book Y: the Last Man was getting a television series, I could barely contain my glee. The 2002-2008 comic book, which ran 60 issues, is an Eisner Award-winning series and a damn fine read. And producer Nina Jacobson agreed — so much so that she went out of her way to convince Vaughan to let her produce the comic as a television show for FX.
How? Jacobson said she had named her dog after a character in the series.
Y: The Last Man is a post-apocalyptic world in which every male (that is, anyone with a Y chromosome) on the planet has died, except for the protagonist, Yorick, and his pet monkey, Ampersand. Yorick tries to survive a world that’s both trying to save itself from extinction and wants him dead as well. Throughout the story, Yorick is helped and hindered by governments, factions and his sister, Hero.
io9 spoke with Jacobson, who didn’t say what Vaughan’s response was. But she did say her love for the comic book contributed to her success in getting the job. “I wanted it so badly. I mean, I didn’t NAME my dog ‘Hero’ JUST to get it, but I love it so much, I named my dog Hero.”
Jacobson, who produced all four films in The Hunger Games series, also said that her gender played a role in helming a television series about a world of women:
“The fact that I was a girl. That was a plus. To know that a woman would oversee it and therefore some of the pitfalls that could happen as you make a story in a world populated by women, you want to have some female subjectivity at the table,” she told io9.
Also, Jacobson's creds on the fabulous Hunger Games film franchise -- which 1) is set in a post-apocalyptic world, 2) is an adaptation that has earned $2.307 billion -- may have helped convince Vaughan that she was the right producer for his series.