spit-and-passion

Three months in creation, I proudly present you Muchacha Fanzine’s fifth issue “Brown Queen: Latina Voices of the 21st Century”. Intended to honor, celebrate and promote the artistic visions of Latinas, this 50 pg edition features beautiful poetry, heartfelt short stories, powerful essays, awe-aspiring artwork, unique photography and a breathtaking performance piece from 24 diverse self-identified Latinas, Chicanas, Hispanics and Afro-Latinas. This issue also spotlights a 5-page interview with artist Cristy C. Road about her most recent graphic novel Spit and Passion, zine subcultures between the 90’s and now, spirituality and how she has learned to navigate her identity as a queer punk woman of color.

Get your copy here!

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AM I FUCKING DREAMING? My heroine, Cuban-American Artist and Writer Cristy C. Road, just agreed to have an interview with me about her latest graphic novel Spit and Passion for my upcoming “Brown Queen” fanzine edition. I plan to have this Spring issue available at my shop by mid-March.

Latin@s, Chican@s, Queers, POC, Feminists &/or Punks… be on the look out to have your brains melted!

POC Zine Project founder Daniela Capistrano’s review of Spit and Passion by Cristy C Road.

excerpt:

I’ll call Spit and Passion amazing the same way that I define childhood resilience and secret dreams as amazing – as conduits to freedom. Sometimes words just don’t do incredible manifestations of life’s experiences justice. But yes, Spit and Passion is amazing, and you should find a way to read it as soon as possible.

Click here for the full review. 

Spit and Passion is available now through Feminist Press.

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Cristy C. Road is a Brooklyn-based Cuban-American illustrator and writer who’s been contributing to queer arts, punk, writing, & activism since 1996. Road published a zine, Greenzine for ten years, and has released three books – Indestructible, Distance Makes the Heart Grow Sick, and Bad Habits. Her most recent work is the graphic memoir entitled Spit and Passion. She’s currently working on a Tarot Card deck with Author, Michelle Tea; and her punk rock band The Homewreckers.

Cristy joined Daniela Capistrano, founder of POCZP, and other fierce feminists of color on the POC Zine Project Race Riot! Tour from Sept 24 – Oct 7, 2012

Cristy C Road’s new book, Spit and Passion, is out!  

At its core, Spit and Passion is about the transformative moment when music crashes into a stifling adolescent bedroom and saves you. Suddenly, you belong. At twelve years old, Cristy C. Road is struggling to balance tradition in a Cuban Catholic family with her newfound queer identity, and begins a chronic obsession with the punk band Green Day. In this stunning graphic biography, Road renders the clash between her rich inner world of fantasy and the numbing suburban conformity she is surrounded by. She finds solace in the closet—where she lets her deep excitement about punk rock foment, and finds in that angst and euphoria a path to self-acceptance.

Cristy C. Roadis a young Cuban American artist and writer from Miami; she currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. She has reached cult status for work that captures the beauty of the imperfect. Her career began withGreenzine, a punk rock zine, which she made for ten years. She has since publishedIndestructible, an illustrated novel about high school;Distance Makes the Heart Grow Sick, a postcard book; andBad Habits, a love story about self-destruction and healing. She has also illustrated countless record album covers, book covers, political organizations propaganda, and magazine articles.

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT: Hey Queen! and Feminist Press present SPIT AND PASSION book release punk show

Coming to Brooklyn on December 13, 2012:

Via Cristy, on Facebook:

Please join us for an evening of cursing the system that tied our wrists behinds our backs, shoved us in closets, and told us we were not worth it—-

Come out and Celebrate the release of SPIT AND PASSION; Cristy C. Road’s new graphic memoir about surviving the pre-teen closet through anger, revelation, retaliation, and Green Day.

Hosted By Writer and Comedian Extraordinaire RED DURKIN

Featuring a Reading from SPIT AND PASSION by CRISTY C. ROAD (Green Day songs included)

+ LIVE MUSIC BY YOUR FAVORITE BROOKLYN QUEERS:

GLTR PNCH

(Punk Transcore Revolution http://www.facebook.com/gltrpnch?ref=ts&fref=ts)

GLITTERED AND MAULED

(Queer Anti-Folk Cabaret http://www.facebook.com/pages/Glittered-and-Mauled/371659462920333?ref=ts&fref=ts)

GAY PANIC

(End of The World Queer Dance Punk http://www.facebook.com/GayPanic?ref=ts&fref=ts)

DANCE PARTIES WILL COMMENCE // SHADE WILL NOT BE THROWN // FREE REIGN ANGER AND FREE REIGN LOVE // REMEMBER TO SING ALONG // WEAR A SENSIBLE HAT // NO BULLSHIT, NO PROBLEM

$5 // 8PM // @THE SPECTRUM (59 Montrose Ave. Brooklyn NY)

Proceeds with support Performers + The Spectrum, an independent Queer Space.

For More Info Please visit Cristy Road: www.croadcore.org

Feminist Press: www.feministpress.org

The Spectrum: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Spectrum/211626915576683

Hey Queen: www.heyqueen.org

Check out POCZP founder Daniela’s Capistrano review of SPIT AND PASSION. Spoil alert: it’s super posi

Editor’s note: Cristy C. Road read excerpts from SPIT AND PASSION on the 2012 Race Riot! tour.

Queer Latina Punk Artist Cristy C. Road: The Interview

Your website’s description of Spit and Passion describes it as a “graphic interpretation of a queer punk Latino (accidental) ‘It Gets Better’ campaign; in order to shed light on the painfully unwarranted and sometimes demonized experience of staying in the closet.” I think as people of color, when we are in the closet, we often face a very white homonormative insistence around what ‘coming out’ is supposed to look like, and without larger networks of support, many of us struggle to figure out what that process should be for ourselves in the context of our own cultures, families, communities. Does your work confront this specifically, and how?

C: My work has always documented that disconnect, and how the most distinct things like finding a punk scene, to healing from abuse, are all connected to the insecurities that came from holding on to a culture that was only mine; while holding onto a queer identity that I seemed to share with a whole community of mostly-white people. Spit and Passion feels like a solid culmination of not just this process, but also the healing and closure that I came to feel, around the time I turned 27, when I finished taking these steps towards balancing my identity (eating meat, growing out my hair, looking like a femme quinceañera, getting a lot of family tattoos— to name a few).  The most important result of all this reconnection was coming out to my family; which was a long drawn out process that started at 25 and felt complete around 26/27.  I came to see coming out as an adult as valid and real, as oppose to cowardly or internally homophobic, by connecting with other people who had a similar story, whether it was due to their ethnicity, or just fear itself. Spit and Passion accidentally became this homage to the closet; and I was really happy with that route the book took; because it really sheds light on this Latina experience (of holding onto culture) as oppose to just the experience of being queer and scared.

http://www.autostraddle.com/queer-latina-punk-artist-cristy-c-road-the-interview/

Speaking of Cubanness

So my mother texted me last night, saying, “I’m sending you a graphic novel from Amazon. Called Spit and Passion. Junot Diaz recommended it.” I thought it was a little strange that she randomly decided to get me a graphic novel, but thanked her.

So today I looked it up and found out it’s about a queer Cuban girl growing up in Miami.

My parents are cute. Always overly enthusiastic in showing their support. Not that it’s not appreciated.

(I probably will enjoy it, though.)

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Here’s what I’ve been reading today.

I liked Spit and Passion at first but then it just got too boring for me.

Demon Love Spell wasn’t very original, it reminds me of Black Bird and other similar manga. And all happened way too quickly. It seems to me that the older I get the harder it is for me to find good manga.

Unknown Soldier volume two is the best comic I’ve read today (so far) and even that wasn’t so amazing. But there’s something about it that makes me want to read more, maybe it’s the characters.

Hey here’s a 3 minute video where i spend 30 seconds of it rapping in my kitchen

Lyrics to said rap:

I’m the amalgamation of your imagination and nightmares 
assassinating all of the things you call night terrors
might tear you a new asshole with my verses
haunting you for ages like i was Pinhead in Freddie’s furnace
spitting with the burning passion of a pastor on Sunday service
providing provocative verbiage that’ll make these rappers nervous
advocating a game where y’all can craft some better wordage
i’m not saying that the state of rap is making me scared
i’m just like Scar i’m telling you cats, you need to be prepared
I’ve ensnared this complex lexicon
y’all can’t even flex to come close to my echelon
I’ll verbally break you down in two rounds in the octagon
vividly eviscerating until the break of dawn
my lyrics are stronger than the grip of a bronze vice
flow tighter than the lines inside of Comic-Con
Rhymes are syncopated like rhythms in a Dillinger Song