Blame this on the boogie

by Ayuyang, Rina,

Format: Print Book 2018
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Graphic Novels G-FICTION AYUYANG Rina
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The true story of how Hollywood musicals got one person through school, depression, and the challenges of parenthood

Inspired by the visual richness and cinematic structure of the Hollywood musical, Blame This on the Boogie chronicles the adventures of a Filipino American girl born in the decade of disco who escapes life's hardships and mundanity through the genre's feel-good song-and-dance numbers. Rina Ayuyang explores how the glowing charm of the silver screen can transform reality, shaping a person's approach to childhood, relationships, sports, reality TV, and eventually politics, parenthood, and mortality.

Ayuyang's comics are as vibrant as the movies that she loves. Her deeply personal, moving stories unveil the magic of the world around us--rendering the ordinary extraordinary through a jazzed-up song-and-dance routine. Ayuyang showcases the way her love of musicals became a form of therapeutic distraction to circumnavigate a childhood of dealing with cultural differences, her struggles with postpartum depression, and an adulthood overshadowed by an increasingly frightening and depressing political climate.

Blame This on the Boogie is Ayuyang's ode to the melody of the world, and shows how tuning out of life and into the magic of Hollywood can actually help an outsider find her place in it.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Beyond this door, Ayuyang warns as she guides readers to her suburban Pittsburgh childhood home, lies a story of dread and woe, despair and sadness. But no, turn the page, and amid technicolor walls, carpets, and toys strewn everywhere, she admits, I'm kidding. It's just a mess. Mostly mine. Agilely bouncing between raw vulnerability and guffaw-inducing humor, Ayuyang introduces her earliest memories as the youngest of four kids of Filipino immigrant parents and exuberantly draws herself through the decades into adulthood as wife, mother, and artist. Energetic, kaleidoscopic scenes showcase growing up, enduring school, moving cross-country, becoming a mother, and struggling with that elusive work-life balance. Presciently appointed great disco dancers as godparents, Ayuyang irrepressibly accompanies her life with a soundtrack every step of the way. Fred Astaire, Olivia Newton-John, and Dancing with the Stars prove to be the best antidotes in tough times, because reality is always better with a dose of fantasy. A raucous tribute to family, multiculti identity, and the saving power of great (but sometimes awful) musicals.--Terry Hong Copyright 2019 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Ayuyang (Whirlwind Wonderland) graduates from the micro-press comics scene with this delightfully quirky, cheekily funny memoir built around her love of musicals, rendered in wonderfully kinetic, colored-pencil drawings, perfectly expressing her sentiment that, when she hears music, "It's like my body can't contain this energy built up inside me." Ayuyang splits her narrative into two main sections: the first details her childhood growing up Filipina-American in Pittsburgh, Penn. Though blessed with a supportive, tight-knit family, she frequently experiences cultural dislocation and outright rejection amongst her largely Caucasian schoolmates, which only gets worse as she gets older: "I dreaded high school so much that I can't even devote ONE panel about it!" The glitz of musicals provides her escape. The second section is devoted to Ayuyang's present-day life with her husband and young son in Oakland, Calif. While trying to balance her artistic career with her responsibilities as a wife and mother, she continues to get sidetracked by pop culture, including a hilarious obsession with Dancing with the Stars. Throughout, Ayuyang's visuals are wonderfully musical, lilting across the pages with energy and movement. The epilogue, "The Ballet that Always Comes at the End of the Musical," provides exactly that, with all Ayuyang's loved ones joining her for a joyous fantasy made manifest. Readers will be swept off their feet by this irresistible bildungsroman. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Ayuyang, Rina -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Cartoonists -- United States -- Biography -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Women cartoonists -- United States -- Biography -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Filipino American women -- Biography -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Autobiographical comics.
Comics (Graphic works)
Graphic novels.
Publisher [Montréal?] :2018
Edition First edition.
Language English
Notes Cover title.
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 cm
ISBN 9781770463189
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