WE NEED THE PUNK
Livestreamed on Saturday, February 12, 2022 • 5:00 PM EST • Dwayne McDuffie Room
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Comics creators Bianca Xunise, Steenz, Lawrence Lindell, and Breena Nuñez join fellow creator Sharon Lee De La Cruz to talk about embracing punk as a look, a way of resistance, and a way of storytelling. They’ll each share what “punk” means to them, and how they incorporate it into their approaches to life, the art they consume, and the art they make. Inspired by De La Cruz's panel "Punk Feminism" for the 2021 Latinx Comics Arts Festival.
Bianca Xunise (she/her/they) is a cartoonist from Chicago who is part of the "Six Chix'' collaborative comic distributed by King Features Syndicate, and is regarded as the first nonbinary cartoonist to be syndicated in the mainstream press. In 2017, they won an Ignatz for their self-published zine Say Her Name. Their debut graphic novel memoir Punk Rock Karaoke comes out in Spring 2024 from Penguin Teen.
Steenz (they/them) is an award-winning St. Louis-based cartoonist who became the second nonbinary cartoonist to draw a syndicated comic strip when they took over the series "Heart of the City" in April 2020. They are also the co-creator of the Dwayne McDuffie Award-winning graphic novel Archival Quality. Their first “Heart of the City” anthology called Heart Takes the Stage is currently available, and the second anthology Lost & Found is set to release in April 2023 from Andrews McMeel Publishing. Their nonfiction graphic novel Side Quest: A Visual History of Role Playing Games comes out in 2023.
Lawrence Lindell (he/him/they) is an artist, musician, and educator from California who runs Laneha House, a small press co-founded with his wife Breena Nuñez. His comics works are self-published as zines, and have appeared in The New Yorker: Daily Shouts and in Hello Barkada Comics. Lindell's debut graphic memoir Blackward is set to release in September 2023 from Drawn & Quarterly.
Breena Nuñez (she/her/they) is a cartoonist and educator from the Bay Area in California. Her comics works are self-published as zines through Laneha House, as well as appear in publications such as The New Yorker: Daily Shouts and The Nib, the award-winning anthologies Draw Power and Be Gay, Do Comics!, and in the Hello Barkada Comics series and zine Isang Mahal.
Sharon Lee De La Cruz (she/her/they) is a storyteller, educator, and activist based in New York whose debut graphic memoir I’m a Wild Seed published in 2021 to critical acclaim. She is a recipient of a Fulbright fellowship, a TED residency, and is the 2021-22 Red Burns Teaching Fellow at ITP-NYU. Learn more about De La Cruz, her approach to work, and her self-published zine The Itchies in our January profile, "Practitioner of Play."