Graphic Novel Says A Long Goodbye to Oprah
There are institutions in Chicago that make the city what it is. Deep-dish pizza loaded with premium toppings. A hot dog “dragged through the garden.” The Sears Tower (sorry, it’ll never be “Willis Tower” to anyone in the city). Da Bears. And Oprah. More than the robust food, gigantic buildings, or the amazing football team, Oprah’s seat in pop culture has been cemented in recent years as an unstoppable brand. Thanks to the big O, no less than than four talk shows litter the dial. And soon, an entire cable network will launch, thanks to the big O. In addition to the television shows, Oprah and her fifth-dimensionally named Harpo productions is responsible for magazines, telefilms, a radio station, and, we’re pretty sure, an eventual space station where housewives will be whisked away by private rocket to nibble on Southern comfort food and dish on their louse husbands, in between book-club meetings.
Earlier in this year, Oprah shocked her audience of 12 billion viewers by announcing the end of her talk show. And while some shows may have a special “farewell” episode, Oprah is enjoying a “farewell season.“ Chicago comic creators Todd Allen and Scott Beaderstadt are dedicating an arc of their graphic novel series Division and Rush in response to the announcement of Oprah’s eventual retirement on daily TV. Division and Rush is a serial strip published on the Chicago Tribune Media Group’s ChicagoNow website. It follows the exploits of a pair of Chicago detectives as they scour the city and confront eerily familiar pop-culture icons and current events. Story arcs from the strips are collected and reprinted as full-fledged graphic novels. The first arc, “The Murder Professor,” was a #1 bestseller on Amazon for the Kindle.
The newly announced second arc, dubbed “The Cult of Low Self-Esteem,” follows Oprah-esque television diva Opa! as she announces her eventual move to California. Not everyone is thrilled by her decision, and the murderous romp begins to unfold. We here at ComicMix dig the strip, and think you should do yourself a favor and check it out. Just don’t tell Oprah we recommended it, lest we incur her wrath. Don’t think that’s scary? Just a tip, there, hotshot: the last time Oprah got mad, America gave up BEEF for a month. We don’t want to see what happens if we get on her death-ray radar anytime soon.