The Breadth of Trinidad Escobar's Arrive In My Hands
Published by Black Josei Press, Trinidad Escobar's Arrive In My Hands is a collection of 22 Queer erotic comics, poem-comics, and illustrations that surges off the page like desire released from dormancy.
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Arrive In My Hands is captivating for showing how women have always found fulfillment by themselves and with each other. Serene ancestral-like moments like those in "Weather" and "Ocean Sounds" appear between comics set in contemporary times like "Thursdays, 3 PM," "Sinister Laughter," and "Little Goth Mouse," alluding to the timelessness of these truths. With several comics punctuated by familiar Philippine references, like the Filipiñana-style dress in the comic "Arrive In My Hands" co-written with Meredith Hobbs Coons and the babaylan and nipa hut in the comic "Two Witches," readers also can't ignore the idea that these absolutes have long been a part of Philippine culture.
On the whole, Arrive In My Hands lays bare a compelling testimony of what is possible when a (Filipina) woman (re)claims love and pleasure for herself. In showing women with sexual agency prioritizing their own needs and choosing each other as partners, Escobar’s work breathes like a resource, providing a language and imagery that reassures and validates.