Writer Tony Correia and illustrator Ken Boesem pay tribute to one of Vancouver’s gay institutions, Doll and Penny’s, in a bi-weekly serial set during the heyday of the Davie Village.
Set between the years 1988 and 1991, Foodsluts chronicles the rise and fall of Doll & Penny’s Café from the perspective of 20-year-old Tony Correia, as he navigates love, sex and politics against a backdrop of drag queens, prostitutes, go-go boys and the religious right.
The first half of each chapter will run in Vancouver Xtra’s print edition, while the rest of the story will be published online and is loosely based on letters Correia wrote about Doll & Penny’s and sent to Gord Shadrach, his friend in Toronto.
Correia, who wrote Queen’s Logic for Xtra Vancouver from 2005 to 2010, has had his essays appear in SubTerrain, Vancouver Review and the anthologies Second Person Queer and I Like It Like That.
Ken Boesem is a cartoonist/illustrator whose work has appeared in Maclean’s, Geist, Broken Pencil, Discorder and The Stranger. He has been drawing his serialized comic The Village for Xtra since 2005.