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Stardoll 1: Secrets & Dreams

Hello, Dolly!

The first ever Stardoll graphic novel is on sale today. Available physically and electronically.

If you don’t know, Stardoll is, according to their website: “The world’s largest online fashion and dress up games community for girls!” It has 200 million users worldwide. It’s “paperdoll heaven.”

Even I knew that, and I’m decades older and the opposite sex from their target audience, which is “…girls who love fashion, making friends, shopping, decorating and being creative.” Hmm. Reminds me of a certain Blog Elf I know.

And if you’re wondering, no, I did not sign up. I do not have my own “MeDoll.” If I did, my lack of fashion sense would probably get me thrown offline.

The GN, entitled “Secrets and Dreams,” features five amazing high school girls with style, grand dreams and a passion for fashion—each of whom has a closely guarded, shocking secret. Here’s a hint: one of them is a Were-fox. It isn’t all about trips to the mall. It’s dramatic and funny and full of intrigue with stylish outfits, to-die-for shoes and carefully coordinated accessories.

“Secrets and Dreams” was written, drawn and everything-elsed by JayJay Jackson, who is a Renaissance woman if ever there was one. I kibitzed a little.

I read it today. It’s a fun ride. If I had a daughter of appropriate age I would buy a copy for her. I wouldn’t say that if I didn’t mean it.

So, please have a look at the first graphic novel by our own star doll, JayJay. Blog Elf. Renaissance woman. Stealth girly-girl.

P.S.  Sorry I haven’t been blogging for a while. Life sometimes interferes with your plans. I’ll be back, for whatever that’s worth, when I can.

Be well.


Happy Holidays


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  1. I am sorry to see that another year has gone by, and no new article was posted here! I wish you happy holidays and I truly hope to see you online soon. Look at what Dan Parent and Fernando Ruiz just did here https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/14732987/die-kitty-die-by-fernando-ruiz-and-dan-parent . I would love to see something similar by you and a great artist!

  2. Merry Christmas, Jim! I hope that life is sailing on calm waters and that you will be back to share with us soon! Your presence is missed!

  3. Hi Jim, I hope to read something new from you soon. I truly enjoyed your blog posts. I am a huge Marvel fan and reading your posts brought back good old memories.

  4. Happy brthday, Jim! Hope to see you back someday.

  5. I just bought volume 2 of the Gold Key Dr. Solar comics. The forward in the volume was by you, which I thought was great. To love a character growing up and to finally take it into your reigns has to be such a satisfying feeling. I can't wait to finish reading the old Gold Key issues, then I'm going to collect all your VALIANT Solar issues and read those. I love this character and you serve him so much justice in your Dark Horse series. Thank you for writing such magnificent comics!

  6. Too bad that Sony/Columbia isn't tapping you for possibilities for expanding the Spiderman Universe for them. Given that you know Michael Lynton, current Sony CEO, from Disney Comics.


  7. Jim, Roy Thomas is trying to get in contact with you. https://groups.google.com/forum/m/#!topic/gcd-main/n4mCpQhlp5E

  8. Check out my podcast at

    Nullifier Radio with the Ultimate Nullifier where I talk About the Secret Wars being my favorite comic of all time.

  9. Greetings, Jim! Good to hear from you!

  10. Jim,

    I was going through some stuff the other day and came across the Shadowman postcard you sent to me while I was In Saudi Arabia, all the way back in 1993. I remember thinking what wonderful thing it was, such a little thing, but it meant a lot to me that you would remember me and our conversation (casting for an imaginary Shadowman movie). Then I stumbled across your blog while researching some graphic novels for my daughter. Stardoll seems like a perfect match up, now to find a copy.

  11. Welcome back Jim. We've missed hearing from you, but to be honest, you've been so generous to us so far in this blog that if you walked away and never gave us another post, we'd still be in your debt.

    And as far as Stardoll goes, I don't know how I've missed it all this time since I have a nine year old daughter who is a virtual bullseye for this demographic-wise. I introduced her to the site just this weekend and she loved it. I figure I'll give her a few more weeks to get immersed in it and then feed her the graphic novels which, quite frankly, has been my long-term goal in this endeavor (I'll go to great lengths to get her to read things – unfortunately reading is not something that comes as naturally to her as it did for me at her age).

    Actually, the time is such that I can probably get her the GNs for Christmas. She'll love the were-fox.

    Thanks again Mr. Shooter, and it is good to see you back!

  12. Sorry for the OT, but the latest part of my series on Jim's Marvel tenure is now up:


    It covers in detail the conflicts, alleged and real, that Jim had with Tony Isabella, Steve Englehart, and Gerry Conway before he became editor-in-chief. Gary Groth and Sean Howe's distortions of the record in these instances are discussed and corrected.

    If you missed the first part of the series, which covers the innovative positives of Jim's tenure, click here:



  13. Welcome back, Mr. Shooter. It's been a while. I've gone on to create comics in a new and different way, that will be accessible to everyone, breaking them out of the direct market. It wasn't one of my plans, and it isn't how I envisioned things, but I'm doing it.

    I'd love to talk to you about it.

    – Warcabbit.

  14. Mark Waid just gave you a nice mention:


    "What was your greatest influence?

    In comics? Writer Jim Shooter, whose ability to marry character and plot and structure was terrific."

  15. I think that will make a wonderful gift for my grand nieces. :D!

  16. Glad to see you back, Jim, and for a good cause!

    I preordered this and JayJay's second Stardoll book and am waiting for the former to arrive any day now from Amazon. It'll take a bit longer now that I've moved to Hawaii. The down side of paradise. Oh, well.

  17. Thanks, Jim! I couldn't agree more!

  18. Looking forward to seeing your posts. I only just discovered this amazing site this year.

  19. Hope you will indeed be back, though obviously life does take precedence. Best of luck to JayJay on Stardoll.

    Also, Wikipedia says it's your birthday in two days. I'm going to assume it's accurate and say happy birthday!

  20. Come baaaaaaaaaaaack we need more inside scoop !

  21. Please! Do come back and blog whenever you can sir. I honestly love reading your insights and enjoy what wisdom you share with us.

  22. C.

    Dude, are you finally gonna talk about the New Universe? I'm reading DP7 now and it's awesome.

  23. I thought I imagined a new blog post at first – good luck with Stardoll, JayJay – and don't give up blogging, Mr. Shooter, please!

  24. Well, my daughter is 9, so she'd be a great demographic for this!

  25. Jim! You are alive! I look forward to more posts in the not-too-distant-future… :^)

  26. We miss you Jim! I hope all is going well!

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