Join local cartoonist Rina Ayuyang as she presents from her recently published graphic memoir, Blame this on the Boogie, from Montréal-based Drawn & Quarterly, in which she recalls her experiences growing up as a Filipina-American “born in the decade of disco who escapes life’s hardships and mundanity through the genre’s feel good song and dance numbers.” The book represents her “ode to the melody of the world, and how tuning out of life and into the magic of Hollywood can actually help an outsider find their place in it,” as her publisher has described it.
Her online comic, “Beginning’s End” was nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Short Story. Her Cartoonist’s Diary contribution on TCJ.com was chosen as a Silver medalist by the Society of Illustrators’ in the 2016 Comic and Cartoon Art Annual. She has also been an Ignatz Award nominee for “Best Web Comic” and for “Promising New Talent.” She is founder, too, of Oakland-based Yam Books & co-hosted the podcast Comix Claptrap.
Her appearance is part of an on-going series of Saturday afternoon salons at the Temescal Branch Library that showcase the talents of contributors to the cultural fabric of the community that is included in a year-long launch of the branch’s Second Century of Public Service.