Last summer, I got together with one of my best friends and writing partners, Danielle Belton, and wrote several scripts for a tv show idea. This was our baby. We nurtured it and through what seemed like a hundreds of rewrites and character sketches we were finally done. With the help of Mad Cow Productions‘ Madeleine Smithberg (the co-creator of The Daily Show) and Sarah North, the show was sent to one of the top, if not the number one, talent agencies in Los Angeles.
Top agency wanted to see more.
So more is what we gave them.
We churned out new scripts and made changes to previous scripts. They loved it. But then the axe fell. They thought it was “too smart” for tv. Obviously the talent agency doesn’t really think smart people with a sense of humor watch tv.
After sitting on our idea for months and pissed that our brand of comedy is too smart, we said f*ck it. No, we didn’t have the budget or resources to film our own YouTube series, and honestly we don’t have the time, so we brainstormed on how to bring our idea to life. So we decided to go old school.
Comics. Well not a paper one, but a web comic.
We both love comics. Well, Danielle is more into traditional comics. Personally, I love graphic novels.
Passing – The Comic is a satirical look at the lives of Kelly and Unique, two white sisters raised by a black family trying to make it in a racially polarized world of stereotypes and misunderstandings. Along with their bff, Deidre, who is just about over everything black, Passing mixes satire and nuance when it comes to discussing race and culture.
So there you have it, two Black women writers and a web comic. Oh, by the way, we haven’t given up on tv just yet and we recently got huge news from a major production company for another show we pitched.