Laurenn McCubbin has illustrated a new book: Rent Girl, a collection of autobiographical essays written by Michelle Tea.
Laurenn talked to Reyhan Harmanci of the San Francisco Chronicle about the new book. Harmanci says of Rent Girl:
In tracing Michelle’s journey from Boston to San Francisco, with a stop in Arizona, “Rent Girl” doesn’t flinch from showing the physical and emotional cost of sex work. “Rent Girl” also tells of the allure of such an outlaw lifestyle. McCubbin’s drawings stick with you. Her style is so natural, it looks as if she could have drawn her images in one sitting. This is far from the case. McCubbin took “hundreds and hundreds” of photographs after setting up elaborate staging of the scenes Tea described. To create the drawings, she would meld the photos together, taking an expression she liked and pairing it with an especially effective pose.
The Chronicle also talked to Michelle Tea.