Dirty Diamonds #9: Being (PDF)

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This is a book about being true to yourself. This is a book about finding our what motivates and drives you in the face of challenges and others' expectations. This is a book about carving out a space in this world where you feel like your most true and authentic self.

We feature comics about making mistakes, feeling like a mistake, and learning to grow because of them. Stories delve into family and multi-cultural identities, and making sure to honor those histories while also understanding your place among them. There are experiences with cancer, surgery, and concussions that made creators feel as though they no longer recognized themselves, and how they've started on the path to recovery.

This is a book about strength, resolve, failure, and struggle. These are comics that show the importance of taking time for yourself, forgiving yourself, and believing in what you're able to do.

This book is inspiration. This book shows journeys. This book is about how being your best isn't as important as letting yourself be exactly what you need to be right now.

Let's find our truth.

Dirty Diamonds #9: Being features comics from 65 contributors in a massive collection about being true to yourself through struggles and failure, and believing in your own strength, resolve, and what you're able to be.

Edited by Kelly Phillips & Claire Folkman. Cover art by Weshoyot Alvitre. Book design by Kelly Phillips.

224 pages


Ally Shwed

Amy Stoddard

Andy Isabel

Anna Krzton

Anna Sellheim

Ashanti Fortson

Betsy Ochoa

Brianna Gilmartin

Brie Katherine

Caitlyn Stilgoe

Christine Larsen

Claire Folkman

Coco Candelario

Erin Roseberry

Grace Teoh

Hailey Thurrott

Jennifer Chan

Jessica Howard

Jillian Fleck

Jordan Stillman

Julie Fiveash

Julie Lerche

Juliet Goodman

Karin Blaauwijkel

Kata Kane

Kate MacDonald

Kelly Phillips

Kielamel Sibal

Lilly Taing

Liz Parkes

Lorena Reyes

Lucia Ceta

Lucie Towers

Lucy Galloway

Lucy Kagan

Mara Padilla

Maria Kammerer

Marilena Ness

Marta Syrup

Mayya Agapova

Mazie Lovie

Megan Crow

Michelle Zhuang

Mirana Reveier

Mooshe Nickerson

Natalie Riess

Nicole Testa LaLiberty

Noni Garcia

Olivia Commini

Ortal Avraham-Svarzenberg

Priya Huq

Rica March

Robyn Haley

Sara Goetter

Sarah Burns

Shauna J. Grant


Silvia Carrus

Soumya Dhulekar

Štěpánka Jislová

Teresa Roberts Logan

Vicky Leta

Weshoyot Alvitre

Witchy Momo

Yury Guzman

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