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Here’s my chat with Zoe Maeve about July Underwater. This podcast is available on Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts. And the podcast is also available on YouTube. Please like and subscribe to that video channel.
Zoe is a comics artist and illustrator originally from Toronto who now lives in Montreal. She studied visual arts at Concordia University, where she worked in oil painting, printmaking, and textiles before finding comics. In 2021 her first book The Gift was published by Conundrum Press and she was nominated for an Ignatz Award for Promising New Talent. Her book July Underwater, which was the recipient of Best English Comic at the 2016 Expozine awards, was released to a widespread audience with Conundrum Press for the first time this year.
The story of July Underwater goes like this: “It’s a typically sticky Toronto summer and Lina’s spending her first couple of weeks after graduation reading and hanging out with her best friend Cara. Everything’s calm—until she finds out that her childhood friend Alicia has died. With her high school friends quickly drifting apart and her parents out of town, Lina tries to make sense of what has happened on her own. Hoping for answers, she turns to Virginia Woolf’s To The Lighthouse and Patricia Highsmith’s The Price of Salt. As Lina reunites with her friends for a final party on the shores of Lake Ontario, she finds herself wondering what it means to have known someone, and who they’ll all become when they’re no longer anchored to each other.”
You can discover more about Zoe on Instagram at @its.zoe.maeve and online at ZoeMaeve.net
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