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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Truly Great Sept. 17 2010
By Christopher G. Rywalt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Wednesday afternoon I went into Manhattan to see Dean Haspiel at a book signing for CUBA: MY REVOLUTION and get my copy. I always tell Dean I want to come out for his events and buy his books but something always comes up to keep me home. Not this time. I've been looking forward to this book for a long time -- at least a year, I think, starting when I dropped in to say hello to Dean at the Deep6 studio and saw him working on the first two pages. They looked great, and I could see he was working hard on it, piling up reference material and always bent over his drawing board. More than once as I stopped in to see him he'd end a conversation with, "I'd love to keep chatting but I really have to work," which is one brush-off I'll never feel bad about.

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.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A brave and hard hitting memory told in pictures that capture the essense of the story. Sept. 18 2010
By Susan Bennett-Goulet - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Cuba:My Revolution connected a lot of dots for me (in a human way) about a part of history that I've never quite understood. This one woman's journey to discover herself and the true identity of her home country tells the part of history that was not taught in any classroom I attended. The passion and emotion expressed through the author's storytelling and the artist's images are compelling. There is enough factual information combined with the story of the family and Sonya that it is easy to let yourself become completely involved. Sonya becomes a person who the reader begins to care about and pray for....and I found myself begging her to listen to those around her and get out of Cuba...only to feel devastated at was she loses as she leaves it behind.

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.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Moving...idealism turned to disillusionment... Oct. 3 2011
By MJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent memoir...it elevates the graphic novel form to a genuinely literary level. I came from Cuba at age six, with my parents, through the so-called Freedom Flights. My father was an agnostic, yet a politically expressive person (a liberal progressive) who found the regime to be without a soul...my mother a Jehovah's Witness, who found the regime persecuting her religious community.

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.

Outstanding.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Cuba: My Revolution Oct. 1 2010
By Hertha Schulze - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This inspired collaboration renders a courageous story with passionate intensity. The pages are filled with striking images that deepen the text--ranging from a close-up of the saddle shoe worn by one character juxtaposed against the heroine's army boot to a blood-red depiction of Castro's soldiers descending from the mountains that frames a scene of upper class social life to the final stark photograph of the fragile seventeen-year-old author that casts all the preceding horrors in a fresh light. It is rare for a theatrical performance to consolidate the talents of author, director, actors, and designers so that each enhances the achievement of the others, but that's what this collaboration accomplishes. In the process, it sets new standards for the graphic novel as a vehicle for profound human experience.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
a captivating story that you can feel Oct. 15 2010
By Shari Zeminsky - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
When I received Cuba: My Revolution, I have to tell you I started reading it immediately and couldn't put it down til l was done, I did take a break to make dinner, but went right back. It was rivoting. I was so capitivated by the story I needed to see what happened next. Deans pictures really drew me into the story. I am just devestated that it is a true story. One of many. But I feel like I know so much more now and understand even more what an incredible woman Inverna Lockpez is. My 11 year old son is asking me if he can read it. I am trying to figure out if he is mature enough. He loves history but it may be disturbing because he knows it really happened. So I have been recommending your book to everyone I know. Thanks so much for including us in your journey.


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