Preview: ‘Lizard In A Zoot Suit’ Mixes Real-Life Racial Tensions With Classic Pulp Sci-Fi

by Olly MacNamee

Lizard in a Zoot Suit by cartoonist and educator Marco Finnegan, is both a politically charged drama and a pulpy sci-fi story all in one, and an ideal graphic novel for Young Adults.

With the real-life Zoot Suit Riots and the The Sleepy Lagoon murder – in which twelve Mexican-Americans were convicted of second degree murder – this graphic novel follows two Latinx sisters as they navigate a tense and racially charged community and come across a strange lizard-like humanoid all alone in the desert, only creating further problems fro the two girls.

“In Lizard in a Zoot Suit, twin sisters Flaca and Cuata have a problem. It’s bigger than being grounded by their strict mother. It’s bigger than tensions with the soldiers stationed nearby. And it’s shaped like a five-foot-tall lizard. When this lost member of an unknown underground species needs help, the sisters must scramble to keep their new friend away from a corrupt military scientist―but they’ll do it in style.”

A story of community, racial tension and family, Lizard in a Zoot Suit is out Tuesday 4th August published by Graphic Universe™, an imprint of Lerner Publishing.

Look out for our exclusive interview with creator Marco Finnegan coming this week.

Olly MacNamee

A unashamed DC Comics fan and sometime teacher for over 20 years! I got lucky and found the escape hatch. Now, I just read and write about comics all day long. Co-host of the ICE-Cast podcast and one third of the brains behind Birmingham's street art and graffiti festival High Vis Fest.

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