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 first graphic novel memoir Punk Rock Karaoke comes out in 2023 by 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 set to release in May 2022 by Andrews McMeel Publishing and is currently available for pre-order from a variety of online booksellers. Their nonfiction graphic novel Side Quest: A Visual History of Role Playing Games comes out in 2023 by Clarion/HMH Books.
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, as well as appear in The New Yorker: Daily Shouts. Lindell has two graphic novels set to release in 2024: Blackward published by Drawn & Quarterly and a middle grade graphic novel called Buckle Up published by RH Graphic.
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. As an educator at the California College of the Arts (CCA), Nuñez is striking with other CCA Staff and Adjuncts for living wages and fair working contracts. CCA Staff and Adjuncts have posted a schedule of activities and teach-ins from Tuesday, February 8, to Friday, February 11. Please help raise awareness!
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."