Todavía Trabajando, 2011
comic zine created for exhibition at Galería América, University of Notre Dame
This comic zine, published in conjunction with my exhibition (Un Grito de los Grandes Lagos) in Galería América at the University of Notre Dame, consists of two short graphic narratives based on excerpts from Studs Terkel’s award-winning book Working. Known for his interviews with working people, Terkel crafted Working into a document that seemlessly wove together the quotidian stories of everyday people as related to their jobs. In 2009, Harvey Pekar and Paul Buhle adapted Terkel’s text and, with the help of over a dozen artists, created a graphic adaptation of Working. In this award-winning collection, I contributed a chapter on Roberto Acuña, a Chicano farmworker, as well as another chapter on Latina ‘housewife’ Jesusita Novarro. While the Acuña chapter was published in the book released by The New Press, the Novarro adaptation was unfortunately excluded from the final edition due to the fiscal constraints of the publishing market.
With the original illustrations for these comics collecting dust in my studio, one as-of-yet unreleased, I decided to compile both comics into a limited edition comic zine to be available during the exhibition at Galería América. Paralleling some of my other graphic work in the show, I decided to print the cover on reused grocery bags.