Gordita: Built Like This
Written and Illustrated by: Daisy "Draizys" Ruiz
Edited by: Jamila Rowser
Coming Fall 2022
"Gordita: Built Like" is a 28-page color comic about a young Mexican-American teenager who lives in The Bronx. She’s judged for having no ass by classmates, strangers, and even family. She struggles with low self-esteem and body dysmorphia. Through her friendships with other girls who are also getting bullied, and a mentorship with her guidance counselor, Gordita, begins to speak up for herself and see that she is more than just her body.
This comic started as a 6-page black and white comic called "Built Like Spongebob" which was created for, and displayed at, the NYU's exhibition, ¡Oye! Cuéntame un Cuento.
About Daisy Ruiz:
Daisy Ruiz, better known online as @Draizys, is a Bronx-bred Illustrator, Founder and Creative Director of award-winning compilation zine Deadass Tho NYC, and a one-third of WOC art Collective Spicy Mango Comics. Her illustrations take inspiration from her 5 year-long Scene phase, her East Coast Chicana upbringing, and everyday NYC living, just to name a few.