Early Review: Bread & Butter #1

bread-n-butter-1-coverLiz Mayorga tells an all to real story in her comic Bread & Butter from Rosarium Publishing. She keeps the story honest and the art simple. Bread & Butter follows the story of Liana, an artist trying to make her way through life in the increasingly gentrified & seemingly artist free San Francisco. Liz sets the stage for Liana and her co-workers at the cafe.

Bread & Butter provides a glimpse into the life of the working class artist, who has to find a balance between creating their art and being able to feed themselves. Liana fiscal sponsor, aka job, is as a counter person at a museum adjacent upscale coffee and light food place. She deals with the same issues that most working class people deal with but, Liz portrays them in a new light.

Liz’s simple yet eloquent writing gives the reader a glimpse into what it’s like to not be able to survive on your art along. Liana has moved to a city that she thought would provide her with her tribe and, instead she is faced with the loneliness of being in a new city alone. She makes friends , to some degree, with her coworkers but, the emotional drain of her job makes her too tired to do what she came to San Francisco to do, create.

The impossible customers she serves run the gamut from entitled to clueless. There are shades of classist undertones in the subtext. The realism in Liana’s story make it an interesting read. One that will have people, especially artists, who have worked in any kind of customer service position while trying to create on the side remember every difficult customer and, will have those who haven’t ever been in that position questioning if they are them.

Bread & Butter is an open look at how society treats not only its artists but, their working class. The people who “serve” them. Liz strays away from being too preachy or even trying to make the customers seem like super villains. Instead, she holds up a mirror to society and the classist way that some customers inadvertently look down on workers. There’s a refreshing hint of hope in Liana’s story and I enjoyed the glimpse into her world.I liked that Liz didn’t take the easy route and instead provided the reader with

I liked that Liz didn’t take the easy route and instead provided the reader with slice of life portrait of a minority girl, who moved to the city she thought would provide her with her best shot and discovers that its soul is missing. I look forward to seeing how this story evolves.

Story: Liz Mayorga Art: Liz Mayorga
Story: 9 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.9 Recommendation: Buy

Rosarium Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review