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Exhibition Comic Art: 120 Years of Panels and Pages

Marguerite Dabaie (b. 1981). “Maybe I should thank Dad because I don't know if my rebellious side would be as strong without him,” 2010. Ink and graphite. Published in The Hookah Girl and Other True Stories, volume 2, 2010. Gift of the artist, 2016. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (031.00.00) © Marguerite Dabaie, used with permission. LC-DIG-ppmsca-51320
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Comics and Identity

Growing up as a Christian Palestinian American, Marguerite Dabaie portrays herself beset with multiple expectations for girls in her family’s culture. Gazing upward with a determined air, her many-armed figure wields drawing tools, boldly counterpointing the words and arms of family members holding tools of domestic labor in this final page of her autobiographical story “Domestic Goddess.” As she struggles to forge her identity as an artist, Dabaie faces her challenges with humor.

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