Shing Yin Khor’s Autobiographical Comics Deal With Half-Truths, Feminism and More
Artist and illustrator Shing Yin Khor draws autobiographical comics that already have a huge following. But Khor, whose comics touch topics like sex, feminism, and the immigrant experience, understands that the relationship between an autobio comics writer and their audience is complicated. How much do you reveal; which side is the “real” you; will the audience be unhappy with the half-truths? “I draw myself quite a bit more awkward than I really am, and I draw my breasts a lot more average than they really are,” she writes in an excellent essay, “because I am a cartoonist and I want you to like me.”
From comics like What Would Yellow Ranger Do? that confronts the struggles of being Asian-American to the less-serious Five Reasons Why I’m Bad at Phone Sex, Khor is a fresh voice in the world of graphic non-fiction that you should definitely check out if you haven’t done so already. Check out her most recent comic above, the melancholic Discontent.