Writer/artist/publisher: Lydia Wysocki

What is Trails?

Trails is a comic book about travel, history, and being a slug.

In 2013 I travelled back to Santa Cruz, California, for a reunion with friends from my 2001-02 undergraduate exchange year at the University of California, Santa Cruz. I also travelled on to Portland, Oregon, and to Seattle, Washington. It was joyous. I kept a sketchbook, and the sketchbook mutated to include some drawings, some comics, some illustrated lists of the food I ate. The sketchbook took on a narrative structure. I finished it and it is now a book.

Why Should We Pick This Up?

Trails is a comic book that links to something bigger than a play-by-play of the reunion weekend and what I ate for breakfast every day. There’s something in the story of revisiting places and catching up with old friends, and the time elapsed from 2001 to 2013 is long enough for some things to have changed and other things to have stayed the same.
The format’s worth a look too. There are some panel-by-panel comics, some comics-but-not-with-panels, and overall a sequential narrative involving words and pictures.

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(or buy it at Thought Bubble 2014 – New Dock Hall table 156B)






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