Titan Comics and Hard Case Crime are delighted to announce that playwright, author and artist Cynthia von Buhler’s creation Minky Woodcock – the rabbit-loving, 1920s private detective star of the GIRL WHO HANDCUFFED HOUDINI comic series – is making her live stage debut in New York City this week and will return in 2019 with a brand new case in comic book and graphic novel form, MINKY WOODCOCK: THEY DIE FAST ON BROADWAY.
Praised by critics and fans alike, von Buhler’s graphic novel MINKY WOODCOCK: THE GIRL WHO HANDCUFFED HOUDINI has been adapted into an immersive theater production, which opens this week at Theater 80, Manhattan, New York. Produced, written and directed by von Buhler, the stage show stars burlesque performer (and model for Minky Woodcock in the comic) Pearls Daily (Miss Coney Island 2018), with Vincent Cinque (Cardboard Rocketship) as Harry Houdini and co-director, and Robyn Adele Anderson (Postmodern Jukebox) as Houdini’s wife, Bess. Audience members get to experience séances, sip bootleg absinthe, and witness Houdini’s infamous Water Torture Chamber escape while exploring three floors of a restored 1920s speakeasy.
In her second comic series, THEY DIE FAST ON BROADWAY, Minky will investigate the real-life case of Ziegfeld Follies dancer and silent film actress Olive Thomas, whose shocking death was one of the first major Hollywood scandals. Was the poisoning of this young, beautiful star suicide, a tragic accident or something altogether more sinister? Once again, the plot will weave actual events and unsolved mysteries in von Buhler’s trademark illustration style.
“Back in the Golden era of Broadway, six showgirls made a pact not to turn out down-and-out like most did back then. Instead, all but one ended up dead! In They Die Fast on Broadway, I focus on the most famous of the six, Olive Thomas, who was the girl the word ‘flapper’ was coined for. She died from drinking mercury bichloride in Paris and it was never truly decided if it was a murder, suicide or accident. Minky Woodcock, on her next true crime case, will try to find out,” said Cynthia von Buhler.
Minky Woodcock is part of Titan Comics’ and Hard Case Crime’s comic imprint, whose recent publications including Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer, written by acclaimed novelist Max Allan Collins (Road To Perdition), Triggerman by visionary director Walter Hill (The Warriors), Peepland by crime authors Christa Faust and Gary Phillips, a new adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo novels, Normandy Gold by crime authors Megan Abbott and Alison Gaylin, and Babylon Berlin, a graphic novel adaptation of the book that inspired the Netflix TV show.
Cynthia von Buhler’s first Minky Woodcock graphic novel, The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini (ISBN: 9781785863974), is available to order now from all good bookstores. For more information and to book tickets to the immersive theater experience, go to minkywoodcock.com.
Watch Burlesque Performer Pearls Daily in rehearsals for Houdini’s infamous Water Torture Escape.
Watch the graphic novel trailer.