Drawing comics from real life

Mar 3, 2016

Oakland-based poet and cartoonist Trinidad Escobar was born in 1986 during a typhoon in the Philippines. She was adopted by a family in the U.S. and  grew up an ocean away from her original homeland.

She's currently working on a graphic memoir about her experience as a transnational adoptee, but her work is wide-ranging: from deep explorations of race and class; to Star Wars fan art; to sweet comics about the adventures of her two young sons. She talked to KALW’s Jen Chien about drawing from her imagination.

ESCOBAR: Complex emotions can be captured instantaneously with comics, that kind of have to be carved out with words.

You can see Trinidad’s work at the Kwentohan Komiks exhibit at the I-Hotel Manilatown center in San Francisco until April 17.