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Queer Comics Sharing: Bishakh Som, Gabriel Ebensperger, Sharon Lee De La Cruz, & Shelby Criswell

June 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Come to our online queer comics sharing Pride Month celebration with Street Noise Books writers Som, Ebensperger, De La Cruz, & Criswell!

Thrilled to team up with Street Noise Books to host four queer comics we admire in celebration of Pride Month and of their work! Join us to hear a conversation with Bishakh Som (Spellbound: A Graphic Memoir), Gabriel Ebensperger (Gay Giant: A Memoir), Sharon Lee De La Cruz (I’m A Wild Seed), and Shelby Criswell (Queer As All Get Out: 10 People Who’ve Inspired Me).

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This event will be hosted on Zoom. You’ll receive the link to the Zoom meeting the day of the event via email. Free registration/ticket sales will end at 6:30pm ET on 6/7. Please email events@whitewhalebookstore.com if you miss this cut-off and need a ticket. For questions, check out our FAQ for events here.

About the books:
The meticulous artwork of transgender artist Bishakh Som gives us the rare opportunity to see the world through another lens. This exquisite graphic novel memoir by a transgender artist, explores the concept of identity by inviting the reader to view the author moving through life as she would have us see her, that is, as she sees herself. Framed with a candid autobiographical narrative, this book gives us the opportunity to enter into the author’s daily life and explore her thoughts on themes of gender and sexuality, memory and urbanism, love, and loss.
A child who feels like an outsider in a world that’s set against him. A boy who sings on the playground instead of playing soccer, who likes Barbies, and whose secretly favorite car is the one called Tutti Frutti. Gabriel Ebensperger shares with us his struggles with his own inadequacy, his feelings of guilt, and above all, his fear that his “difference” will be discovered. The vibrant bright pink pages of Gay Giant paint a picture of what it was like to grow up being gay in the ’90s, through the voice of an endearing character, who on the way to becoming an adult realizes that the rejection of the world is never over, and that true acceptance comes from within yourself.
A collection of lively autobiographical comics guiding the reader through an understanding of queerness and what it means to one woman of color. In this delightfully compelling full-color graphic memoir, [Sharon Lee De La Cruz] shares her process of undoing the effects of a patriarchal, colonial society on her self-image, her sexuality, and her concept of freedom. Reflecting on the ways in which oppression was the cause for her late bloom into queerness, we are invited to discover people and things in the author’s life that helped shape and inform her LGBTQ identity. And we come to an understanding of her holistic definition of queerness.
Follow the daily life of one queer artist from Texas as they introduce us to the lives of ten extraordinary people. [Shelby Criswell] shares their life as a genderqueer person, living in the American South, revealing their own personal struggle for acceptance and how they were inspired by these historical LGBTQIA+ people to live their own truth. Featuring biographies of Mary Jones, We’wha, Magnus Hirschfeld, Dr. Pauli Murray, Wilmer “Little Axe” M. Broadnax, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Carlett Brown, Nancy Cardenas, Ifti Nasim, and Simon Nkoli.

About the writers:

Bishakh Som, who grew up in New York City, but whose parents were originally from India, received a master’s degree in architecture from Harvard University and worked for many years in that field, most notably at I.M. Pei’s New York office. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Boston Review, Buzzfeed, and The Huffington Post. Bishakh published a collection of stories with The Feminist Press titled Apsara Engine. She lives in Brooklyn.

Gabriel Ebensperger is an artist and a writer who lives by the sea in Chile. He works as an illustrator, a graphic designer, and an art director. Gabriel’s work has been featured in several Chilean and international publications. Gay Giant is his debut graphic novel.

Sharon Lee De La Cruz is an artist and activist whose work ranges from comics, graffiti, and public art murals to interactive sculptures, animation, and coding. She earned a BFA from The Cooper Union, is a Fulbright scholar, and obtained her master’s degree at NYU. Sharon considers her work to be in the intersection of tech, art, and social justice. She lives in New York City.

Shelby Criswell is a queer comics creator living in San Antonio, Texas. They studied at the Santa Fe Institute of Art and Design as well as at Academy of Arts University. Shelby is an author of the Terminal Punks comic series and has also illustrated comics for The Nib. This is their first graphic novel.

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June 7
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm




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