Meet Liana Caudillo, a young Latina, who loves music and aspires to design album covers in her beloved San Francisco. Like many other artists in the city, Liana works at the de Young Museum Café. Yet, despite being surrounded by art all day, San Francisco’s growing gap between rich and poor and its growing homogeneity become a challenge. Liana doesn’t find the bohemian city she once dreamed about. Instead, she is surrounded by other service workers, who, like her, are struggling to simply survive. With the daily struggle consuming so much of her life, Liana wonders if she will ever find the time, the peace of mind, or even the inspiration she needs to pursue her dreams.
Bread and Butter #1 by Liz Mayorga
Publication: October 5th 2016 by Rosarium Publishing
Source: ARC via Netgalley
Bread and Butter is for anyone who has ever worked at a day job while pursuing another dream. I really liked the stark black and white style to the realistic illustrations. They complimented the daunting and/or mundane challenges that Liana encounters with each new customer in a cafe. That bone-tired feeling that comes with having to put your energy into a place where your heart and mind don’t always fit is conveyed so well in this short issue.
Bread and Butter builds a familiar bridge between the hope that comes with dreams and the despair that comes with being stuck in a routine necessary for survival. I’ve never been to San Francisco but I liked how this story conveys the two faces of a place that you’ve dreamed of. The ending of this first issue gives me a slight hope that Liana won’t always be stuck in that realistic bitter place of survival. Her love for music are the key notes at the beginning and the end of this snapshot of her life.
I’ve previously blogged about the need for more new adult stories that cover the different life challenges a person faces after graduation – I’d definitely add Bread and Butter to the list.