My older brother and I were lucky enough to grow up around the corner from a comic book store. I’d tag along with him after school to spend afternoons scouring the shelves for a comic that seemed like it was written for me. Where was the pink in this bloody world of hulky men? It seemed back then that girls were not meant to be in comic book stores, because girls were scarce in comic books.
Then I discovered Poison Ivy: She was smart, powerful and had awesome hair. Yeah, yeah she was a “villain” - but we all have bad days! And unlike Harley Quinn and Catwoman - she didn’t seem completely, well, insane. I had found something that was mine in this boys clubhouse. Ivy, too, was a girl in a man’s world. Little did I know that this reckless, confident image of a woman behaving badly would inform my work through my teen years to today.
Pamela & Ivy is a nod to the little girls who grew up searching for themselves in comic book stores. While this interpretation of Ivy may not be frilly and PINK - it’s female to the core.
Plus, her hair is still awesome.