Saturday, December 21, 2019

Goth Throb, Say Her Name and Other Stories by Bianca Xunise

(2018,  Bianca might be my favorite cartoonists in the city, and that's saying something because Chicago is a town where genius cartoonists grow like mold in bungalow basements. Say her Name uses Xunise's ostensibly adorable style to tell non-cutesy truths about racial horrors in one of the most segregated cities in the world. These tales are so personal and honest and powerful, and extremely accessible, in part by characters looking cuter than Batz Maru (though her expressive faces are not fake-big eye Sanrio emotion evoking, but real as fuck). Her other zine is a thirst ode  to Dave Vanian and Dave Vanian adjacent goth gents (and ladies with less gloom but more boom, like Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Poly Styrene). If the Alley stocked leathers with these designs on it I would definitely be broke(er)  and look sex[y](ier).

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