This graphic novel, Asalto y Paranoia: A Mourner’s Guide to the New Century, dates from 2002. That February, I flew from my home to Texas. The paranoia and fear from September 11, 2001, was still very real, not just for me but I believe for most people. These drawings resulted from that trip and became part of an installation/exhibit later that year. They were printed in graphic novel form, but in addition, I prepared black and white illustrations of the same imagery and printed them as coloring books. We even had t-shirts. Looking back, I think it was a form of therapy, a way of getting the fear/paranoia reaction out of my system.
Cain and Abel is a project I began years ago. It was shelved and re-opened, worked on, shelved again. I display these work pages, because it reflects my approach to minimally verbal, visual storytelling: less comic book and more theater.
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