STATE OF MISERY: Chapter One (Alexa)
*TRIGGER WARNING* TRANSPHOBIA
A Collaborative Mini Graphic Novel by Charis Huling, Claire Zhang, and Meilun Yan
This is a collaborative graphic novel about the human rights issues in Missouri. This book was created based on true events, particularly the NAACP travel ban to Missouri. The short novel hones in on transphobic and racial tensions that exist in the state and includes statistics and infographics alongside the story to show that even though it is fiction, the events aren’t unrealistic.
The story follows Alexa, a trans girl; James, an African-American father; and Deborah, a white teacher. Both Alexa and James’s son face scrutiny under a school setting, and eventually, their characters connect under the oppression that Deborah perpetuates.