Join us in celebrating the release of Kristen Radtke‘s stunning graphic memoir IMAGINE WANTING ONLY THIS. Chicago comics artist Megan Kirby will moderate a panel of women comics discussing their interpretation of the body — how they draw their own and others’ in their work. Kristen Radtke will be joined by Leila Abdelrazaq, Sophie Lucido Johnson, and Corinne Mucha. Bookselling by RoscoeBooks! Hosted by Curbside Splendor!
“In her exquisitely soul-, mind-, and heart-shattering debut graphic memoir [IMAGINE WANTING ONLY THIS], Kristen Radtke explores life’s big questions surrounding grief, mortality, and the impermanence of the things—and the people—we love most. . . . That Radtke can treat such timeless and oft-explored topics as death and loss without a touch of cliché is impressive enough, but that she does it with an extraordinary sensitivity and intelligence uniquely her own makes this work a stunning reminder of the power of art to make us feel hopeful as we confront existential terror—to greet the abyss with eyes clear and open.” —Nylon
Kristen Radtke is a writer and illustrator based in Brooklyn. She is the managing editor of Sarabande Books and the film & video editor of TriQuarterly magazine. She has an MFA from the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program.
Leila Abdelrazaq is a Chicago-born, Palestinian author, and artist. Her debut graphic novel, Baddawi, was shortlisted for the Palestine Book Awards. Her creative work primarily explores issues related to diaspora, refugees, history, memory, and borders. She graduated from DePaul University in 2015 with a BFA in Theatre Arts and a BA in Arabic Studies. Leila has been involved in organizing around the Palestinian cause and the city of Chicago since 2011. She is currently a core member of For The People Artist’s Collective. She is also the founder of Bigmouth Press & Comix, a blog and distro dedicated to uplifting the work of female and non-binary comix artists with roots in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia.
Sophie Lucido Johnson’s work has been featured in The Guardian, Jezebel, Vice, and elsewhere. She is the editor-in-chief of the comics and humor literary journal Neutrons Protons as well as the managing editor of F Newsmagazine. Her illustrated memoir “Many Love” is forthcoming from Regan Arts. She lives in Chicago, where she studies writing at the Art Institute.
Corinne Mucha is a Chicago based cartoonist, illustrator, and teaching artist. She grew up in southern New Jersey and studied illustration at RISD. Her comics work includes the Xeric funded “My Alaskan Summer,” the Ignatz award winning “The Monkey in the Basement and Other Delusions” (Retrofit Comics), and the YA graphic novel “Freshman: Tales of 9th Grade Obsessions, Revelations and Other Nonsense” (Zest Books). Her most recent graphic memoir, “Get Over It!” is out now from Secret Acres.