Boom! Studios Announces A Country-Wide Sanpaku Book Tour With Kate Gavino

by Hannah Means Shannon

Boom! Studios has announced a summer book tour in support of Sanpaku, the new original graphic novel from cartoonist Kate Gavino (Last Night’s Reading) that focuses on “the insecurities that haunt teens of all cultures”.
Gavino will be travelling across America from August 21st to August 31st in support of the book launch, participating in signing events along with moderated panel discussions about the themes of “identity, culture and family” that the graphic novel explores.

Kate Gavino is a writer and illustrator who created the website, Last Night’s Reading, which was compiled into a published collection by Penguin Books in 2015. Her work has been featured on BuzzFeed, Lenny Letter,, Rookie, and more. She was recently named one of Brooklyn Magazine’s “30 Under 30.”
An extended first look at SANPAKU can be found right here.
The Sanpaku Summer Book Tour stops include:

  • Tuesday August 21st , New York City: 7:30PM  at Greenlight Bookstore (Fort Greene) with moderator Adrian Shirk (author of And Your Daughters Shall Prophesy)

  • Wednesday, August 22nd, New York City: 7:00PM at the Asian American Writer’s Workshop

  • Thursday, August 23rd, Chicago, IL: 7:00PM at Quimby’s with moderator Michi Trota (Managing Editor, Uncanny Magazine)

  • Friday, August 24th, Minneapolis, MN: 7:00PM a Barnes & Noble with moderator Dennis Madamba

  • Saturday, August 25th, Houston, TX: 7:00PM at Brazos Bookstore with moderator Bryan Washington (journalist and author of Lot)

  • Sunday, August 26th, Los Angeles, CA: 5:30PM at Chevalier’s Books with moderator Sarah Kuhn (author of Clueless comic books and Heroine Complex novels)

  • Tuesday, August 28th, San Francisco, CA: 5:30PM at the San Francisco Public Library (Excelsior Branch)

  • Wednesday, August 29th, Portland, OR: 7:00PM at Books with Pictures

  • Thursday, August 30th, Seattle, WA: 7:00PM at Elliott Bay Bookstore

  • Friday, August 31st, Jersey City, NJ:  7:30PM at WORD Bookstore

Gavino says:

For this tour, I’ve created a visual glossary of some of the major themes and figures that appear in SANPAKU, covering everything from Asian supermarkets to Selena to the exact definition of ‘sanpaku,’. It also includes a pretty comprehensive guide to handling Filipino grandmothers. I’m also excited to be in conversation with some of my favorite writers and artists, discussing the inspiration and creation process behind the book.

Sanpaku is told through the eyes of Marcine, a “young woman fascinated with the Japanese idea of Sanpaku—that seeing the white around the iris of your eyes is a bad omen”. She seems to see it everywhere, and following a strict diet and meditating are supposed to help, but nothing seems to be able to save her grandmother’s life or make her life any easier.
Sierra Hahn, Executive Editor at Boom! Studios, says:

Kate’s honesty, charm and wit shine through in this powerful coming of age story that shows why she’s such an important literary voice. I’m excited for audiences across the country to discover the spirit and originality of SANPAKU at these events.

Print copies of Sanpaku will be available for sale on August 15, 2018 at local comic book shops (use to find the nearest one) and August 21, 2018 at bookstores or at the Boom! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the Boom! Studios app.

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