"Nearly Miss" by Cristina Portolano
Like flipping through a photo album, Nearly Miss illustrates author Cristina Portolano’s childhood through a series of quirky snapshots of earthquakes, itchy dresses, and slightly sadistic nuns in Naples at the end of the 1980’s.
Strong-willed and inquisitive, Cristina copes with traditional gender expectations and the anticipation of “becoming a miss” through intense friendships (whether real or imaginary) with Barbie™ and soccer superstar Diego Armando Maradona. Holding a firm balance between relatable domestic drama and intriguing international turmoil, Nearly Miss is a hilariously accurate portrait of the cruelty and challenges of growing up, and a piercing depiction of a universal family dynamic.
About the Author:
Cristina Portolano is an Italian cartoonist and illustrator. She studied Illustration and comics at the Art Academy of Bologna and EnsAD in Paris. Her debut graphic novel, Nearly Miss, was selected as one of the best comics of 2017 by Fumettologica, Lo Spazio Bianco, Panorama, and was the recipient of the Premio Boscarato for Best New Author. Cristina lives and works in Bologna
Published by One Percent Press
6" x 8.5", 144 pages. $12
Full color covers and interior. Perfect-bound GN