Jennifer Cruté started writing comics in 2003.
She is featured in a Current TV segment about women in comics called "KAPOW!
The New Comic Book Heroines." She was nominated for a Glyph Comic Award for
Best Rising Star. Her cartoons have been featured in BITCH magazine.
She was a finalist in Lambda Legal's Life Without Fair Courts contest. She
has lectured at the Museum of Comic & Cartoon Art, Miami University, Ohio,
and Skidmore College, and her comics and oil and mixed media work has shown
at the Medialia Gallery in New York City, the Museum of Contemporary African
Diasporan Arts (MOCADA) in Brooklyn; the Limner Gallery in Hudson, N.Y.; and
the Ocean Hill Arts Sanctuary in Brooklyn.
Jennifer had her first one-woman show at Bennett Studios in Manhattan with her erotic "Yvette" series. She also works as a freelance illustrator (www.theartistcrute.com), and her clients include Merck, Tanqueray, Nabisco, and Sony.
Jennifer was born in Hackensack, N.J. She went to college in New York City and received a BFA in 1998. She currently resides in Brooklyn.
Jennifer's Journal: The Life of a SubUrban Girl
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Series: Jennifer's Journal (Book 1)
Paperback: 62 pages
Publisher: Rosarium Publishing (May 1, 2015)
By turns funny, poignant, melancholic, and life-affirming, Jennifer’s Journal: The Life of a SubUrban Girl is a graphic memoir that chronicles the life of a quirky, petite, freckled-faced African American illustrator and artist. The journal depicts Jennifer’s struggles with work, depression, sex and sexuality, and religion while poking fun at the stereotypes she encounters along the way. Featuring a host of colorful characters—from grumpy family members to gossipy schoolmates to New York City archetypes like the nosy neighbor or the guy selling raw oxtails at the Laundromat—it is an entertaining and humorous look at life with awkward insights from Jennifer’s close friends as well as from her imaginary companions: the meditative Miss Buddha Bear, her nemesis Mean Mama, and the rest of her tyrannical friends. Each of these characters shape Jennifer’s ability to maintain peace of mind while battling the insane stereotypes around race, class, and gender contained in mainstream and popular culture. It’s a story that will resonate with anyone who grew up feeling like an outsider.
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