Hot Comb in the press - and LA!
We’re honoured to publish Ebony Flowers’s Hot Comb and we’d like to take this opportunity to take stock of the effect it has been having on readers around the world. The engrossing stories of Hot Comb examine how Black cultural memory, intergenerational trauma, collective healing, and female friendship are inextricably linked to hair.
For its astounding literary merit and profound analysis of Black reality, Hot Comb has been nominated for an NAACP Image Award. Flowers will be attending the 51st NAACP Image Award ceremony on Saturday February 22nd. Before the ceremony, she’ll also be launching Hot Comb, in conversation with TV and comics writer Taneka Stotts at Skylight Books in LA.
Hot Comb has been celebrated by YA readers too, receiving the American Library Association’s Great Graphic Novels for Teens distinction, as well as nominations for the Alex Award and the Believer Book Award.
For The New York Times, Hillary Chute explains that,
In the eight stories of “Hot Comb,” a mix of autobiography and fiction, the thread throughout is black women’s hair — as a source of intimacy, community and tension… In “Hot Comb,” bodies can meld into each other, and texture and shadow sometimes make the action hard to distinguish. But this imprecise style works for these stories, which are so often about the anxieties of correct appearance.
Hot Comb made it onto 17 Best of 2019 lists, including those by The Guardian, The Washington Post, Forbes, and Publishers Weekly. It continues to be a compelling and disruptive comic that is as beautiful as it is necessary.
We hope you can make it out to the event in LA on Saturday February 22nd.