Going to Print: Chicken Rising by D. Boyd

Sep 20, 2018 by

Hey comic fans! We’re thrilled to announce that in April 2019, we’re publishing the graphic novel you never knew you wanted. Packed with fried chicken, Maritime landscapes, and childhood angst, Chicken Rising, is a a debut graphic memoir by an exciting new comic artist, D. Boyd. Read on for details about the book, and for more information about this incredibly talented artist.

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About Chicken Rising 

A bittersweet, darkly funny graphic memoir of a social misfit

In Chicken Rising, D. Boyd takes an unflinching look back at a 1970s childhood plagued by insecurity, bullying, and family dysfunction.

A shy only child, Dawn struggles to fit in. After starting a small town fried chicken franchise her war-vet father becomes even more emotionally inaccessible at home, and nothing Dawn does is ever good enough for her mother.

School isn’t much better: filled with misinterpretation, false accusations, and constant social challenges. Dawn’s a true underdog—and this is the story of how she learns to find the good in the bad, and that fitting in isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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2 Questions with D. Boyd

1. In Chicken Rising, you learn to embrace who you are. How have those early lessons helped you as an adult?

I wouldn’t quite say embrace, but I found a foothold, a gap in the abject compliance to my parents’ will, that helped me discover a twinkling of independence. This was the beginning of identifying with wonderful misfits and letting go of trying to fit in. But many bad habits incubated during this time, and years of emotional issues and distorted perfectionism followed. As an adult, as I learned to accept myself, and then my parents, I found forgiveness and love. It took many years to actually embrace who I am, to be grateful for my childhood, and to recognize that the wounded part is where strength comes from.

2. What was the most challenging aspect of writing such a personal story?

Thinking everyone is going to hate me, and thinking it’s all going to be misinterpreted anyway.

When I started, I wasn’t exactly planning on trying to publish. I was just compelled to record the story of my childhood. So at first I simply enjoyed reliving the past and bringing my parents to life again. As it progressed and the idea to publish arose, I started to panic over how open it was. I’ve always been an introvert, and suddenly I realized how much I’m exposing – but by that time it had a life of its own. I would lay awake at night, horrified by how much dirty laundry I’m airing. Shoot bolt upright in bed, sweating bullets over the feeling I’m betraying my parents. Clenched with guilt over how harshly I’m portraying my mother, hoping I’ve done a good enough job of showing her as a complicated person, not a villain. I still feel vulnerable, exposed, guilty, and have moments of panic!

 

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