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Creator / Gisèle Lagacé

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Gisèle Lagacé (born June 16, 1970), often known as "Giz", is a French-Canadian Web Comics writer and artist, who has worked on titles including Cool Cat Studio, Penny and Aggie, Ménage à 3, Eerie Cuties, Magick Chicks, Dangerously Chloe, Sticky Dilly Buns, and Pixie Trix Comix, usually as the original creator or co-creator. She is part of the Pixie Trix Comix collective (after which the last-mentioned Webcomic is in effect named).

Giz was also the bassist with early '90s rock band Barbarella, and has done some work as a traditional comics artist, such as for Archie Comics and Jem and the Holograms.

Tropes associated with Giz's work include:

  • Art Evolution: Giz's comics series sometimes run long enough for the developments in her personal drawing style to become quite obvious. The long gap between the initial run of Cool Cat Studio and its eventual concluding story publication made the difference really glaring.
  • Artistic License: Giz tends to take a classic comics writer's relaxed approach to the finer details of realism. For example, she didn't research the subject before creating the one trans character in Ménage à 3, whom she writes like a gay male drag queen.
  • Author Appeal: One can only guess how much of Giz's work is based around stuff she likes, but she doesn't deny that there's some of this going on, and she has said that Sticky Dilly Buns was created as a Spin-Off to give more spotlight time to a character who she liked but who was strictly supporting cast in Ménage à 3.
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  • Bi the Way: Giz is clearly very happy to create bisexual characters who are totally relaxed about their orientation. Sometimes this looks like Fanservice, sometimes it just seems to be the sort of people they are.
  • Canada, Eh?: Much of Giz's work is set in her home country, and indeed in her home city of Montreal, adding a definite Canadian flavor to some of it. However, the trope is frequently inverted or averted, in that this is a native's positive view of the place, and avoids any glaring clichés.
  • Cool Pet: Many, maybe most, of Giz's leading characters seem to end up with pets — usually cats.
  • Everyone Is Bi: In any Giz comic, one should assume everyone is bisexual by default until they prove otherwise.
    Dillon: [on the phone] What's that, Zii? You want me to teach you how to go down on a woman?
    Zii: [hanging up the phone] That was a dumb idea. Why can't he be bi like the rest of us?
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  • Generic Cuteness: Giz seems to have some difficulty drawing an unattractive character who isn't an outright Gonk. There may be some Fanservice involved here, of course.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot/Guy-on-Guy Is Hot: Giz has created quite a few very visually attractive lesbian or bisexual characters, walking a line between sympathetic treatment of these orientations and fairly blatant Fanservice. Ménage à 3 and Sticky Dilly Buns balance this with similar treatment of gay or bi male characters.
  • Manga Effects: Giz has developed an undenied interest in manga over the years, which infiltrates her drawing style on occasion. For example, Chibi versions of characters may show up in insets.
  • Sex Comedy: While only Ménage à 3 is automatically defined as a sex comedy, most of Giz's light-hearted stories feature highly sexually active characters, and cheerfully wring plenty of comedy out of the subject.
  • Write What You Know: A notable number of Giz's characters are graphic artists or rock musicians, or both. One or two of them even look a bit like her.

Alternative Title(s): Giz


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