I used to be an artist first. Now I'm an activist first. It turns out that luckily, art is one of the best activism tools ever so I was able to transition in a fun way. I moved to Ventura County in 2014 and liked it in the beginning, until I started working for the Santa Paula Times, writing about fires. I was sent to press conferences that seemed like dog and pony shows to my New York sensibility. People were telling me stories right and left that conflicted with what the county was saying. Nobody stirs up too much dust in our valley except the tractors spraying Roundup everywhere. There are all kinds of scandalous oil infrastructure fails, mysterious explosions, fires that started at nuclear superfund sites etc. that are supposedly "all good." Then I went to the doctor and she lied about me and turned me into a drug addict on my medical record. It pissed me of to the point where I've spent six months focusing on getting attention to what I think is systematic corruption in the Ventura County medical system. After I tried everything I could think of, I decided that a graphic novel was the best way to make my story less boring and more comprehensible. It's my first effort and I had a great time doing it. Once again, I'm grateful to art, for being my solution for almost anything.
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