MoCCA Fest is running this weekend, April 1st through April 2nd, in New York City, and will be bringing together hundreds of comic creators and thousands of fans to celebrate the medium through tabling, signings, panels, and more.
Artist and writer Sara Woolley Gómez will be at MoCCA Fest debuting her new book, The 9th of April (el 9 de abril). This is a stand alone story from a full length graphic novel, Los Pirineos, The Mostly True Memoirs of Esperancita Gómez.
Los Pirineos is a fictionalized graphic memoir co-created by mother/daughter team, Leila Esperanza Gómez and Sara Woolley Gómez which chronicles young Esperancita’s upbringing in and eventual exile from the political turmoil of 1940’s Colombia.
Here’s a synopsis of the wider work:
Told through a lens of childhood humor and imagination, juxtaposed with alienation and loss, Esperancita’s world is dramatically altered and she must abandon the only home she has ever known. Researched on location in Colombia with the help of a grant from the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC), Los Pirineos is at once deeply personal while giving voice to a common childhood immigrant experience.
And this standalone work, The 9th of April, will be a 32 page story featuring young Esperancita as she is expelled from school for being a savage, on the same day a presidential candidate is assassinated and the Gómez family must face the dire consequences of their political ties.
Here’s a further look inside The 9th of April:
You will find Sara Woolley Gómez and The 9th of April at table # A106 at MoCCA Fest.