In our single year of existence the Bureau has attracted a wide variety of cartoonists into the group, and a handful of them are genuine Luddites, perhaps owning phones or tin cans with strings, but not yet ready to make the plunge into a full web presence. One such web-invisible Bureaucrat is Gina Siciliano, cartoonist, painter and drummer extraordinaire.
While living in Portland, Gina was perhaps best known for her zine/sometime-comic So What, reviewed here by the Bird's Nest Library.
The Roaming Heart: So What #8This zine is dark yet beautiful. It's hard to describe it as "good" when it presents such a strikingly honest look at one young woman's life of unfulfilling and destructive sexual relationships. It's definitely one of the most compelling stories in our collection, and an undeniably amazing work of art. Illustrated with sketches and arranged comic-style, this issue has amazing flow and intensity. Author Gina Siciliano reveals parts of herself on a level that we could only dream of receiving from our closest friends. There's an unbelievable depth here. This is an essential, yet extremely difficult read.
Gina is currently well into her debut ballpoint pen graphic novel epic Summer Time. The first chapter made its debut in Combo # 1, the Bureaucrat box set currently available at the Fantagraphics store in Georgetown, or at a Bureau show near you.