"Stole my heart from the first page to the last. Endlessly funny and sincere." --Tillie Walden, Eisner & Ignatz Award-winning cartoonist
A debut graphic novel from Ignatz Award-winning and nationally syndicated cartoonist, Bianca Xunise.
When life gives you guitars, smash them!
School is out for summer and Ariel Grace Jones is determined to make it one for the books! Together with their bestie bandmates, Michele and Gael, Ariel believes they’re destined to break into the music industry and out of Chicago’s Southside by singing lead in their garage punk band, Baby Hares.
But before Baby Hares can officially get into the groove, the realities of post grad life start to weigh on this crew of misfits. Ari begins to worry that it’s time to pull the plug on their dreams of making it big.
Just when all hope feels lost, a fellow punk and local icon takes an interest in their talent. It seems like he might be the only one Ariel can rely on as frustrations between bandmates reach at an all-time high.
Punk Rock Karaoke is a coming-of-age tale that draws upon the explosive joy of the underground scene, while raising questions about authenticity, the importance of community and what it means to succeed on your own terms.
With verve seemingly summoned straight from a vintage dive, Xunise tells an electrifying tale of passion and the pursuit of punk dreams in this graphic novel debut. Band Baby Hares' lead singer Ariel Grace Jones—who sports dynamic green curls and a septum piercing—and their friends, bassist Michele and drummer Gael, are determined to make it big in the music industry and escape the limits of Chicago's South Side. But lately, post-graduation realities and tensions have cast a shadow over their aspirations, prompting Ariel to question the viability of their dreams. Just when Baby Hares comes close to hanging up the drumstick, a local punk luminary steps in to provide a final glimmer of hope. Utilizing a gripping narrative, relatable situations, and evocative artwork with an aesthetic that oozes with late-1970s zine flair, Xunise imbues this comic with a fervent exuberance that embodies the ethos of punk: being real and true to oneself, building community around unfettered self-expression, and creating lasting art that doesn't subscribe to the mainstream. In doing so, each panel incorporates the robustness of punk's endless energy, creating a singular and resonant visual experience that will transport readers to a world that challenges the ordinary. Ages 14–up.