Cuba: My Revolution Hardcover – Sep 14 2010
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"A bold, beautiful and mesmerizing story that needed to have been told... A compelling piece of work that will stay with you long after you put this graphic novel down." (ComicRevolution.com)" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Inverna Lockpez is a Havana-born artist and curator who left Cuba in the late 1960s. Upon settling in the U.S., she became involved in political art movements including the pioneering feminist exhibition x12 and the anti-Vietnam War “People’s Flag Show.” Her painting and sculpture has exhibited in over 80 venues, including the winning design of a major public art competition in New York City. Under her directorship, the INTAR Gallery was cited as one of the best 15 galleries for seven years running by Art in America. A two-time recipient of grants from The National Endowment for the Arts, Lockpez lives in New York and Florida.
Dean Haspiel is the creator of the Eisner Award-nominated Billy Dogma and the webcomics collective ACT-I-VATE. He has drawn comics for The New York Times, DC/Vertigo, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse, Scholastic and Toon Books among others. He is best known for his collaborations with Harvey Pekar on THE QUITTER and with Jonathan Ames on THE ALCOHOLIC and the HBO series Bored to Death. He lives in Brooklyn.
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I just finished reading CUBA: MY REVOLUTION. It is truly a great work. At first I was unsure about it: The writing seemed a little stilted, a little didactic, with a "translated from the Spanish" cadence to it. But a funny thing happened a few pages into the story. I became enveloped. I was drawn in. I found myself completely involved in the story. I was no longer reading words and looking at drawings. I was part of the story, swept up, deeply invested in each moment. The book achieves that wonderful thing that happens in only the best comics, when the story and images blend together into a perfect seamless whole that carries the reader along. The total effect is helped, too, by the perfect colors of José Villarrubia.
CUBA: MY REVOLUTION probably deserves to be placed with Art Spiegelman's MAUS (The Complete Maus: A Survivor's Tale (No 1)) as one of the great historical, biographical comics of all time.
I'm not sure what is braver: to have lived this or to tell the story of having lived it, but Inverna Lockpez has told a story that can not be forgotten. The story of Sonya made me feel grateful for having been born in a privileged place and thankful for living in a time period that gives women a voice. It also made me realize that questioning the voices of authority is not only wise but necessary. The images created by Dean Haspiel will be the short path in my mind's eye to the moments in the story that haunt me and they will help me remember what is so important not to forget.
This format, the graphic novel, is fairly new to me, but I am definitely starting to understand how combining storytelling and picturetelling can be powerful. For anyone who is unfamiliar with the medium; I recommend completely. You do not have to be a fan of graphic novel's to appreciate this book, but it may make you one.
I myself am a progressive who is often disillusioned with the right-wing reactionary elements in the United States (including those in the Cuban exile community in Miami, more so in the 1970s/80s, when political violence erupted in that community). I came to the US in May of 1968 between the assassinations of Martin Luther King and that of Robert F. Kennedy. Not the best introduction to my new homeland.
Yet, truth is truth: the decrepit totalitarian Castro regime has sucked the life out of Cuba...artistically, philosophically, economically, etc. It never stood for justice, fairness, egalitarianism, etc.,...it has been a sham and a lie.
This account is especially well-suited for my fellow progressives, who fail to see that Cuba is not a worker's paradise, but a worker's prison camp. Blaming the US embargo or enmity for the state of personal freedom in Cuba is being an apologist for a Stalinist-style regime.