Drawn & Quarterly To Publish Cyclopedia Exotica by Aminder Dhaliwal

Woman World was a webcomic and graphic novel by Aminder Dhaliwal that topped the Best Of  2018 lists, including Nylon, the New York Public Library, Boing Boing, and The Cut, with a story that saw men wiped out and women taking over in a satirical tract with men becoming nostalgic memories and survival of humanity gaining new importance, alongside the mundanity of day-to-day living and relationships. Dhaliwal has a followup, Cyclopedia Exotica, already serialised on her Instagram feed.

Drawn & Quarterly To Publish Cyclopedia Exotica by Aminder Dhaliwal
Drawn & Quarterly To Publish Cyclopedia Exotica by Aminder Dhaliwal

A comic about dating, the art world, and being a cyclops, from the creator of the wildly popular Woman World

Following the critical and popular success of Woman World―the hit Instagram comic which appeared on 25 best of lists―Aminder Dhaliwal returns with Cyclopedia Exotica. Also serialized on instagram to her 250,000 followers, this graphic novel showcases Dhaliwal's quick wit and astute socio-cultural criticism.

In Cyclopedia Exotica, doctor's office waiting rooms, commercials, dog parks, and dating app screenshots capture the experiences and interior lives of the cyclops community; a largely immigrant population displaying physical differences from the majority. Whether they're artists, parents, or yoga students, the cyclops have it tough: they face microaggressions and overt xenophobia on a daily basis. However, they are bent on finding love, cultivating community, and navigating life alongside the two-eyed majority with patience and the occasional bout of rage.

Through this parallel universe, Dhaliwal comments on race, difference, beauty, and belonging, touching on all of these issues with her distinctive deadpan humour steeped in millennial references. Cyclopedia Exotica is a triumph of hilarious candor.

Drawn & Quarterly To Publish Cyclopedia Exotica by Aminder Dhaliwal
Drawn & Quarterly To Publish Cyclopedia Exotica by Aminder Dhaliwal

To be published in April from Drawn & Quarterly – and can be checked out on Instagram right here. Of course none of this is any surprise to Bleeding Cool readers who know just what Cyclops has been up to for quite some time.

 

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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