June 1996. Breakup Girl first hits the streets/shelves as the super-narrator
of the book He
Loved Me, He Loves Me Not: A Guide to Fudge, Fury, Free Time,
and Life Beyond the Breakup (Avon), written by Lynn
Harris and designed and illustrated by Chris Kalb
(who share a brownstone, a dream, and a totally platonic relationship). Breakup
Girl's balance of larger-than-life powers and real-life experience give the
text a consistent, authoritative-yet-quirky voice and embody the books
mission: to help people going through a breakup cry until they laugh.
1997. Reader and press response to the book and character along with
growing media demand for Lynn as a relationships pundit leads Chris and
Lynn to believe that two dimensions are not enough for our hero. Chris itches
to create ongoing comic adventures; Lynn itches to offer interactive advice.
Result: the launch of BreakupGirl.com in November, addressing all aspects
of relationships with a weekly advice column, a monthly cartoon adventure,
and excerpts from the book.
November 1998: The team launches the monthly variety show
Girl LIVE" at New York City's Gotham Comedy Club.
1999. In January, breakupgirl.coms content goes from weekly to daily,
adding seven new areas and one and a half new staff members -- all within
the confines of one Brooklyn brownstone and two other jobs. Also:
"Breakup Girl LIVE" celebrates its one-year anniversary.
Oxygen Media, Inc. inquires about acquiring Breakup Girl and co. as the main
relationships content for the network.
Breakup Girl's relationship with Oxygen gets serious. Chris, Lynn,
and Betsy leave their brownstone for Oxygen's
Chelsea studio, hiring a new senior producer and
an additional animator on the way. They expand
the site, incorporating navigable advice archives and other new features they'd
only been able to dream about before.
March 2000: The Breakup Girl television series
debuts as part of Oxygen's hip animation block, X-Chromosome.
March 2000: Breakup Girl to the Rescue is
published by Little, Brown & Co.
June 2000: Breakup Girl animation hits the Web.
December 5, 2000: The party is over! Lynn, Chris and 63
other people are laid off from Oxygen and told to leave by 6:00 PM that day.
March 2001: Oxygen finally takes down the Breakupgirl.com site, which hasn't been
updated since December. The front page still reads "Blue Xmas."
No matter where we are, we're delighted to be back. ONWARD AND OVER-IT-WARD ...