Looking back, it’s easy for me to pinpoint why I couldn’t accept how I looked — I wasn’t seeing relatable characters in any of my favorite books or movies. Now, I’m an adult who is very proud to be part Mexican, and while writing my debut novel Hollywood Witch Hunter, I made it a point to include diverse characters from various ethnic backgrounds. But most importantly, I wanted the topic of race in my book to be normalized — not made into some big discussion, because growing up, that’s exactly what I personally needed to read.
Hey readers! Some of our amazing artists gave us their thoughts on banned books and the power of the written (and drawn!) word. We will post one image every day this week in honor of Banned Books Week. Special thanks to Craig Thompson for giving us his thoughts.