With a cool name like Ivory Madison, you’d almost expect her to be left behind at a quiet table in one of Gotham’s finest restaurants as her date, Bruce Wayne, makes up an excuse to run off and fit crime. But she’s no fictional character … she’s the writer of DC’s Huntress: Year One, which hits comic shops this week, and she’s the CEO of a new San Francisco-based internet start-up called Red Room.
According to a press release issued by Red Room this week:
While a lifelong dream to write about Batman may be irrelevant to most job descriptions, Madison’s longtime involvement in the literary scene and not-so-hidden identity as a comic book writer are part of what differentiates Red Room from other web startups. Red Room is a social networking site created by a writer for other writers — much like MySpace was co-created by a musician and thrived to a large extent because it worked so well for other musicians.
“With the Huntress, I’m writing an archetype for girls to see that you can overcome a tough childhood to become a strong woman and maybe even a hero,” said Madison. “I never got over not being a superhero, and writing one is probably as close as I’m going to get.” Madison also wrote in an essay for redroom.com that, growing up, she had even planned out her secret identity as a “captain of industry and noted philanthropist.” She said, “Now, if I achieve just that, I’ll be happy.”
Gotta dig this quote on her website, about writing the Huntress: “It is truly an honor to be helping shape pretend history.”