MARINAOMI / Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume Ages 0 - 22
“MariNaomi is a true original. This sometimes harrowing tale of young love made me rock with laughter and wince with sympathetic mortification.” — Armistead Maupin, author of Mary Ann in Autumn and Tales of the City
From her father and mother’s interracial marriage to “you show me yours, I’ll show you mine” moments on the playground to drug experimentation and questions about her sexuality, MariNaomi lays bare all her hurts and loves in this coming-of-age graphic memoir that’s poignant and often hilarious. Each chapter highlights a different relationship in her life, including a sweet look at first love and an honest portrayal of how her blunt views on sex affected her relationship with her parents. Though she often admits to actions that some might find shocking, her deft writing and understanding of the graphic form make this memoir one to applaud. Naomi’s words and illustrations beautifully meld together, creating a memoir that is funny and frank and marks a strong new female voice in the graphic book world.
MariNaomi is an artist and writer who was born in Texas and raised on the West Coast; a fixture in the San Francisco arts scene, she has exhibited and done live painting in such venues as the De Young Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Varnish Fine Arts, and 111 Minna. Her work has appeared in such publications as The Comics Journal, Not My Small Diary, and Action Girl; she is the author and illustrator of the critically-acclaimed Estrus Comics. She believes in animal rights, following one’s dreams, and that nice guys and gals always deserve a shot. She lives with her husband and small entourage of animal friends in San Francisco.