"I'm a big Cristy C. Road fan. Spit and Passion is a graphic delight, and the depiction of awkward youth is spot-on, weird, and familiar.-Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home
"Cristy C. Road is the Jack Kerouac of the young queer generation. She's as brilliant a writer as she is an illustrator."-Kate Bornstein, author of A Queer and Pleasant Danger
"Cristy C. Road is a bad ass. She has a list of published work that leaves me awed and inspired."-Billie Joe Armstrong, Green Day
"Road's writing has long brought to vivid life the experiences of a queer-identified Latina punk rocker."-Bitch
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 trying to balance the values of a Cuban Catholic family with her newfound queer identity, and begins a chronic obsession with the punk band Green Day. In this stunning graphic memoir, 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, in that angst and euphoria, finds a path to self-acceptance.
Cristy C. Road has reached cult status for work that captures the beauty of the imperfect. Her career began with Greenzine, a punk rock zine, which she made for ten years. She has since published Indestructible, an illustrated novel about high school; Distance Makes the Heart Grow Sick, a postcard book; and Bad Habits, a love story about self-destruction and healing. She has also illustrated countless album covers, book jackets, and political organization propaganda. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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