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Sunday, July 19, 2009

July: Emiko Superstar

Emiko Superstar, a great graphic novel by Mariko Tamaki and Steve Rolston, has been named one of this month's recommended reads by the postergirlz. When Emiko discovers the world of performance art, she slowly sheds her shyness and finds herself on stage, reciting diary entries - but they aren't from her own diary. Who wrote them and how did she find them? Read the book to find out!

The art in Emiko is awesome, and so is Emiko herself. Check out some of the artwork at artist Steve Rolston's website and MySpace. Also drop by author Mariko Tamaki's website, where you may read about her published works as well as her performance art.

Emiko, like the The Plain Janes, was published by Minx, an all-too-short-lived imprint of DC Comics.

Have you ever seen or taken part in performance art?


Color Online said...
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Color Online said...

I'm from Detroit. We have a thriving art community. I attended a school with a great performance art depart. And to answer your questions, yes, yes, yes. My freshman year I performed a monologue from "A Rose for Emily."

The Spoken Word/poetry community is huge in Detroit. I not only hung out at open mics regularly in the mid-late 90s, but I regularly participated. Def Jam winner, Jessica Care Moore is Detroit homegrown.

WOW (Women Out Loud), Citywide Poets and a dozen other poetry organizations are based in Detroit. We have huge, active poetry community.

I love the stage and we at Color Online,our real-life group has hosted open mic.

I love all things art. Live and breathe it.

Thanks for the post. I've seen this book and her others before. Thanks for the reminder. Need to add it to our shelves. And I'm adding her other titles to our wish list. I've seen a few of them reviewed.

Little Willow said...

Best wishes with your next open mic. :)
I hope you enjoy the book.

cecil castellucci said...

this is one of my fave books. I nominated it for the Cybil and it won! Woo hoo!

Mariko Tamaki is an amazing writer. For another one of her excellent graphic novels, read her book SKIM.

Lorie Ann Grover said...

Yes, I performed a painting with my friend in college. We painted with fruit on a sheet to music. Uh, yeah.

I really enjoyed Emiko!

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