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About Julio Anta
Julio Anta is a writer based in New York City. Raised in Miami, in a Cuban and Colombian family, his writing focuses on the intersection of Latinx identity and American life.
His debut comic book series HOME began publication in 2021, courtesy of Image Comics.
Forthcoming work includes FRONTERA, a YA graphic novel from HarperAlley, and SI, SE PUEDE, a non-fiction graphic novel from Ten Speed Press.
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In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic brought the world to its knees. When we weren’t sheltering in place, we were advised to wear masks, wash our hands, and practice social distancing. We watched in horror as medical personnel worked around the clock to care for the sick and dying. Businesses were shuttered, travel stopped, workers were furloughed, and markets dropped. And people continued to die.
Amid all this uncertainty, writers and artists from around the world continued to create comics, commenting directly on how individuals, societies, governments, and markets reacted to the worldwide crisis. COVID Chronicles: A Comics Anthology collects more than sixty such short comics from a diverse set of creators, including indie powerhouses, mainstream artists, Ignatz and Eisner Award winners, and media cartoonists. In narrative styles ranging from realistic to fantastic, they tell stories about adjusting to working from home, homeschooling their kids, missing birthdays and weddings, and being afraid just to leave the house. They probe the failures of government leaders and the social safety net. They dig into the racial bias and systemic inequities that this pandemic helped bring to light. We see what it’s like to get the virus and live to tell about it, or to stand by helplessly as a loved one passes.
At times heartbreaking and at others hopeful and humorous, these comics express the anger, anxiety, fear, and bewilderment we feel in the era of COVID-19. Above all, they highlight the power of art and community to help us make sense of a world in crisis, reminding us that we are truly all in this together.
The comics in this collection have been generously donated by their creators. A portion of the the proceeds from the sale of this volume are being donated by the publisher to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc) in support of comics shops, bookstores, and their employees who have been adversely affected by the pandemic.
JULIO ANTA & ANNA WIESZCZYK debut with a deeply grounded and heartfelt graphic novel that explores the real world implications of a migrant with extraordinary powers.
Collects HOME #1-5
Includes an Educator Guide created by Re-Imagining Migration
Select praise for HOME:
“You very much feel drawn into the story, and the added wrinkle in the last act will definitely hook you.” —Black Nerd Problems
“A potent reminder that while fiction can ultimately do very little to alter the horror outcomes of reality, it can at least offer solace in the guise of revisionist—and cathartic—fantasy.” —Comicon.com
“The story we need right now. It's great to see a tale told from a marginalized group's perspective in the comic book medium.” —Monkeys Fighting Robots
“An extremely beautifully written book.” —Major Spoilers