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Little Fish Comic Book Studio is celebrating the release of their debut publication - a San Diego/Tijuana-based comic called American BOOOM! - on Friday, March 22 (7 to 10 p.m.) at Villainous Lair Comics - 3371 Adams Avenue, Normal Heights.

American BOOOM! is a superhero story about a girl with exploding fists who moves to San Diego to avenge the death of her DEA father, who may have been murdered by Mexican cartels.

The comic explores current and historic borderland themes in a fantastical quest that takes the reader through familiar locales in both San Diego and Tijuana.


“The use of story as a metaphor/reality is very important to us,” says Little Fish cofounder Patrick Yurick.

“Everything in this story takes place in real landmarks in San Diego, where we live, and our neighboring city of Tijuana. The characters are based on real interactions and stories. The references to cartels and teenagers are as close to fact as possible. The stuff that isn’t ‘true’ (super powers, plot, character specifics) is at the very least aimed at being palpably meaningful metaphors.”

Taking cues from Scott McCloud’s “Reinventing Comics” and Mark Waid’s recent address “Reinventing Comics and Graphic Novels for Digital,” Little Fish emphasizes accessibility by distributing in a variety of media for free (more on this in Fish’s blog: 21st Century Comic Design: A Balancing Act).

American.booom.us chronicles the ongoing process with comic panel updates every Monday.


“It’s really important that the design of this (potentially 200+ page) comic story balance the needs of multiple distribution platforms like print, web, and mobile technology,” says Yurick.

“In the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s comics were cheap and accessible to all people. At some point that stopped. We wanted to design this project to be something all people could have equal access to and that each access point be of equal quality so that no one feels left out.”

Little Fish enlisted the help of local app developers Jesus Flores and Phuc Nguyen to make American BOOOM!’s explosive artwork available via Android and iPhone.

They plan to release new versions of the app on both platforms at their party, which features a sneak peak of the comic's second chapter, art by Chikle, spoken word by Marisol Franco, and live music from local jammy groovers Science Fiction Jazz and Tijuana melodic dreamgaze outfit PL DVNA.


Little Fish Comic Book Studio opened its doors in Ocean Beach (4837 Voltaire Street) in August 2012.

You can read more about that in Ian Pike's event preview and Crasher review.

Little Fish co-owners Patrick Yurick and Alonso Nunez also maintain American BOOOM! and host regular online courses and panels.

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