Co-Creators: The Rat Queens Story

Co-Creators: The Rat Queens Story

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 8:30pm
Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 5:00pm
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Lonnie Nadler | 
Canada |
 2018 | 
87 minutes

Sometimes your faves become problematic. Co-Creators: The Rat Queens Story is a warts-and-all document of the comic book community’s once favourite co-creators. Vancouver director Lonnie Nadler follows Kurtis Wiebe, writer of the New York Times bestselling comic book series Rat Queens, as he builds a successful feminist comic book while dealing with publishing deadlines, a somewhat rabid fandom, and the pressures of starting a family. At the height of the book’s popularity, artist and co-creator Roc Upchurch is arrested for domestic abuse. Herein things get increasingly complex.

Superhero and fantasy comics often depict women in gratuitous sexy poses, sprinkled in manic pixie dream girl fairy dust. However, the characters in Rat Queens, despite being created by two men, have agency—they are queer, diverse, and weird. Outcasts or not, they fight the good fight, beat up “the bad guys” and sometimes slay the dragon, or at least come to an understanding. Nadler’s documentary actively contends with the idea that we are all composite creations of our mistakes and our accomplishments. Kurtis Wiebe embodies this idea, with almost tortured glibness, as he writes about monsters who are all too human. -JB


Lonnie Nadler

Lonnie Nadler is a Vancouver based filmmaker and writer. His work has also appeared on VICE, HuffPost, and Bloody-Disgusting, and he has written, produced, and directed numerous short films and documentaries. In 2016 his experimental short film Mid the Dinplayed played at festivals across North America, and in 2017 he released the critically acclaimed graphic novel, ​The Dregs​, published by Black Mask Studios. Co-Creators is his feature film debut and is having its world premiere at the 2018 DOXA Film Festival. When Lonnie is not writing or making movies, he spends his days drinking too much tea, reading, and enjoying the rain.