In the spirit of essayist David Sedaris and monologist Spalding Grey, Seagle and 19 emerging global cartoonists take drawn storytelling into the world of the “graphic essay,” in the upcoming GET NAKED ogn. Nineteen stories of global attitudes about the naked body balance raw comedy, raw emotions, and raw cartooning. Seagle honestly chronicles his place as an undressed, metaphorical, fish-out-of-water on different continents—from not recognizing a famous naked celeb in Hollywood to being naked and eaten by actual fish in Tokyo.
“For most of my life I had massive reservations about getting naked,” confessed Seagle. “But the more I traveled the world, and found myself in uncomfortable situations, the more it became obvious that the American anxiety of ‘I’m not taking my clothes off in front of anyone else unless it’s to have sex with them’ is unique—and not in a good way—to the US. I started looking into the history of nakedness and thinking about why we’re so uncomfortable with bodies in this country—with me as a lens for that. Comedic essays seemed like the right way to chronicle what I realized, and graphic essays felt like a great new kind of visual challenge for challenging subject matter—nakedness—both physical and emotional.”
GET NAKED OGN (ISBN: 978-1-5343-0480-2, Diamond Code NOV170679) hits comic book stores on Wednesday, February 7th and bookstores on Tuesday, February 13th. The final order cutoff for retailers is Monday, December 18th.