Fling Girl is an honest, fun and funny look at how one woman navigates the dating scene in L.A.
Right when I thought they'd finally closed the lid on a Sex and the City remake, they go and cast Anna Sophia Rob as young Carrie Bradshaw for a new television series.
Don't get me wrong, I've always loved me some SATC (at least until that awful second movie). But, after six seasons, two movies and obsessive media coverage, I was craving something other than an, "I couldn't help but wonder…" narration and a plotline that ended with Mr. Big.
Alas, just when I thought I'd have to succumb to another rerun to get my fix, along came the web comic Fling Girl.
Much like SATC, Fling Girl chronicles the trials and tribulations of a woman dating in a major city. Except rather than New York, it's set in Los Angeles, where reality is "less Manolos and Mr. Big, more Payless [Shoes] and a broke actor-slash-bartender."
Founded by longtime collaborators Dina Gachman and Amy Saaed, Fling Girl is the story of newly-single Maggie as she navigates her way through the dating trenches and traps that fill L.A. It covers everything from serial texting to booty calls to Facebook stalking, with a bit of "38-year-old aspiring writer with a foot fetish" thrown in, too.
Gachman, who also writes the comedy blog Bureaucracy For Breakfast, says the goal is for readers to laugh at but still relate to Maggie's story. "Fling Girl was inspired by mine and my friends' crazy experiences dating in L.A.," she said in an interview. "You can walk down the street here and hear someone bemoaning about how hard it is to date in this city."
Three issues of the comic graphic novel are out now on Fling Girl's website, with many more in the works. Gachman also plans to expand the site with features like Honorary Fling Girls. "We'll highlight women we think possess the qualities of what we think a Fling Girl is—tough, fun, smart, sexy and independent," she said. "Women like Anais Nin, Mae West, Mary Pickford and Simone de Beauvoir."
As you wait for the adventures of Fling Girl to reach "six seasons and two movies" height, catch up on Maggie's backstory by checking out the first three issues.
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