10 Times 'Nancy' Made Waves in 2018by by Thea Voutiritsas
Thank's to a sensational reboot last April, it's been a whirlwind of a year for Nancy and its new creator Olivia Jaimes. From merch to media coverage, to some actually viral hashtag hijinks, there's no denying that Nancy made some serious waves in 2018. And to make sure you're up to speed with all the hype, here's a quick retrospective on Nancy's successes this year.
GoComics Announces New Nancy Creator - April 6, 2018
Back to where it all began. In April of 2018, GoComics Announced Olivia Jaimes as New Nancy Creator. Syndicate President and Editorial Director John Glynn expressed his enthusiasm in the announcement, writing that "...for the first time ever (almost 100 years), Nancy will be written and drawn by a woman! About time, I say... This is gonna be so sweet!"
Nancy Reboot is Launched - April 9, 2018
Jaimes' first Nancy strip hit the big screen—and by the big screen, we mean your desktop. This is when the internet split in two. The comments section exploded with arguments from lovers and haters alike. And it wouldn't be the comments section be without the classic line, "Go away troll."
Nancy Meets the Press - April 23, 2018
Just a few weeks after the first strip went live, Nancy appeared in The New York Times. The article covered Jaimes' fresh perspective on Nancy, mentioning the fact that Nancy now has a Snapchat— and not all readers are happy about it. That same day, The Washington Post covered the comic as well. In an interview with Jaimes, the Post revealed that the creator was excited about all the hubbub, but also said she'd been "...avoiding the Internet a lot over the last couple of weeks."
Vice Jumps on the Nancy Train - June 6, 2018
Vice praised Nancy reboot in an article titled The Woman Behind 'Nancy' Has Made an 80-Year-Old-Comic Funny Again. In it, Jaimes says, "I'm humbled by the response. Which might sound canned, but as mentioned, I'm super earnest about basically everything." And that earnest sense of humor is probably what makes it all work.
Smithsonian Praises Changes to Nancy - August 7, 2018
Calling the comic "short, sweet, and endlessly relevant," Smithsonian praised the modern twist Jaimes has added to our dear Nancy. But they also noted the fact that this 2018 Nancy is still the same hungry, math-hating, quick-witted girl as the Nancy of 1933.
#SluggoIsLit Takes the Internet by Storm - September 3, 2018
The September 3 edition of Nancy quickly captured the Twitterverse with #SluggoIsLit. The hashtag soon became a meme, a t-shirt, and even appeared in Batman. Jaimes even explained the origins of the hashtag in an exclusive GoComics audio interview.
Olivia Jaimes Speaks at CXC Conference - September 23, 2018
After all of the Nancy bonanza, Jaimes makes her first public (though incognito) appearance in October at the CXC conference in Columbus, Ohio. Cartoonist, Melanie Gillman of As the Crow Flies created some lol-worthy courtroom style sketches to sum up the talk.
Official Nancy Pins are Released - September 28, 2018
Everyone loves Nancy when she's happy, but she's even more lovable with a grumpy face on. In the final week of September, the GoComics store released the official Nancy pin, featuring her lovable, scowling, eight-year-old face.
Vulture Approves Nancy's New Millennial Twist - November 13, 2018
Pup culture entertainment site Vulture shed some last-minute light on Nancy in 2018. Vulture called the reboot featuring phones, social media, and a slightly cynical take on the world "savvily modern and surprisingly funny."
Nancy listed in A.V. Club's Best Comics of 2018 - November 28, 2018
Thanks to her shutter shades, hoverboard, and selfie stick, Nancy found herself on the A.V. Club's list of Best Comics of 2018. The A.V. Club praises Jaimes' exploration of technology in the strip, calling it clever, playful, and "one of 2018's greatest comic pleasures."
Obviously, 2018 was a huge year for Nancy. But the funny doesn't stop there. Between robotics club, Snapchat filters, snacktime, Nancy's sure to have a slew of hijinks in the works for 2019. Be sure to keep tabs on what's new with Nancy this year to keep ahead of the buzz.