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