BOOM! Studios is proud to conclude Archaia Summer Reading, a week-long spotlight on the powerful original graphic novel releases from the award-winning imprint in the coming months with an extended first look at SANPAKU.
Arriving in stores this August, SANPAKU, from cartoonist Kate Gavino (Last Night’s Reading) gives voice to the insecurities that haunt teens of all cultures told through the eyes of Marcine, a young woman fascinated with the Japanese idea of Sanpaku—that seeing the white around the iris of your eyes is a bad omen. But it’s everywhere Marcine looks—her grandmother has it, some classmates at Catholic school have it, JFK had it…even Marcine might suffer from this odd condition. Eating a strict macrobiotic diet and meditating is supposed to help, but no matter how much Marcine wants it to, it can’t save her grandmother’s life or make her days at school any easier.
“SANPAKU is one of those books I couldn’t put down the first time I read it. Gavino’s beautifully imaginative writing, and stark cartooning, make for a wildly charming, insightful, coming-of-age story bound to religion, superstition, and adolescent risk-taking,” said Sierra Hahn, Senior Editor, BOOM! Studios. “Gavino is poised to be one of the most original voices of her generation.”