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Interview with Sam Nakahira, MFA ‘21, and James Sturm

An Element of Recovery
An Exit Interview with Sam Nakahira, MFA ‘21, and James Sturm

You make comics about things that interest you: overlooked histories, dreams, mythology, Marxism, and more. Can you tell me about one or two of the comics that make up your senior thesis project and what attracted you specifically to those subjects?

My thesis, Redefinition, is an anthology of short nonfiction comics, each one exploring overlooked histories. I wanted to use this year to think more critically about and transform my understanding of how US imperialism and racial capitalism structure our world. I spent a good part of the year creating a comic about American consumption of K-pop. I became interested in studying American imperialism in Korea after I became a big K-pop and BTS fan about two years or so ago. While learning about the Korean War, I soon realized that most Americans consume K-pop without understanding the US role in the division of Korea and the creation of the South Korean state.The comic was a reflection on the unseeing Western gaze, how Americans often ignore the impact of US colonization on the world.

Another comic I worked on was about wakashu, the third gender of Edo Japan. I like to explore histories about how people organized their lives and sense of self in non-Western countries before Western colonization erased their traditions and way of life. I think there’s also an element of recovery to my work, a desire to bring marginalized histories to the center.

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Tags: CCS Alum, history comics, interview, mythology, nonfiction comics, Sam Nakahira

Interview with Mannie Murphy ’08 on their graphic novel I Never Promised You A Rose Garden

Mannie Murphy ’08 has released their graphic novel, I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, out from Fantagraphics on March 23. A native of Portland, OR, they originally published this graphic nonfiction as a series of zines. The story starts with the life and death of River Pheonix before tackling the history of white supremacy in Portland. They gave the following interview with Angela Boyle ’16.

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Tags: CCS Alum, Fantagraphics, Graphic Novel, I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, interview, Mannie Murphy, new book, nonfiction comics

“Beer Is for Everyone!” by alum Em Sauter releases October 10!

Beer is for Everyone! by Em Sauter

Em Sauter (’11) is a cartoonist who works at a brewery as communications manager. So not too surprisingly, her new book is titled Beer Is for Everyone! (of Drinking Age). It will release this October 10, 2017 with One Peace Books!

Em Sauter

What is the premise of this book?

It’s based on my beer reviews (Pints and Panels webcomic) but it’s all new material plus a discussion of educational elements of beer (malt, hops). My reviews are usually one page

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Tags: Beer is for Everyone, Cartoon Studies, Em Sauter, Graphic Novel, nonfiction comics, One Peace Books, Pints and Panels, webcomic