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MARINAOMI discusses her young adult comic LOSING THE GIRL

Losing the Girl (Life on Earth #1) (Graphic Unvierse/Lerner Publishing Group)

Claudia Jones is missing. Her classmates are thinking the worst . . . or at least the weirdest. It couldn't be an alien abduction, right? None of Claudia's classmates at Blithedale High know why she vanished—and they're dealing with their own issues. Emily's trying to handle a life-changing surprise. Paula's hoping to step out of Emily's shadow. Nigel just wants to meet a girl who will laugh at his jokes. And Brett hardly lets himself get close to anybody.

In Losing the Girl, the first book in the Life on Earth trilogy, Eisner-nominated cartoonist MariNaomi looks at life through the eyes of four suburban teenagers: early romance, fraying friendships, and the traces of a mysterious—maybe otherworldly—disappearance. Different chapters focus on different characters, each with a unique visual approach.

MariNaomi is the award-winning author and illustrator of four comics memoirs. Losing the Girl is her first graphic novel and her first foray into fiction that (possibly) involves alien life forms. She's also the creator of the Cartoonists of Color and Queer Cartoonists databases. She lives in California with her husband and many cats and dogs. Visit her website at marinaomi.com.

Praise for Losing the Girl 

"MariNaomi authentically captures the angst, vulnerability, and longing of the teenage soul through not just one but four unique and distinct voices."—Jen Wang, The Prince and the Dressmaker

"Losing the Girl is a sparkling and complex novel with its feet on the ground and its eyes on the stars"—Hope Larson, author of Compass South and Knife's Edge

"MariNaomi skillfully weaves webs of intrigue, and fans of suspenseful graphic novels will be interested in how events play out."—School Library Journal

"[A] gripping, affecting graphic novel." —Kirkus Reviews

Photo by Fiona J. Taylor

Event date: 
Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
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