Author Cathy Camper teamed up with illustrator Raul the Third to create “Lowriders in Space,” a new graphic novel for kids. The book follows the interstellar adventures of auto mechanic Lupe Impala and her sidekicks, El Chavo Flapjack Octopus and a mosquito named Elirio Malaria. The three friends are on a quest to win a competition for the “most mechanically inventive, exquisitely detailed, cosmic car.”
The text is sprinkled with Spanish words and Mexican-American slang, and the book includes a glossary in the back. Camper is a youth services outreach librarian for Multnomah County Library and she says, “I wrote ‘Lowriders in Space’ because as an Arab American, I was fed up with the inability of mainstream comics and books to represent the diversity of kids I see everyday, kids who like me, don’t see themselves in books.”
Cathy Camper will be reading at Powell’s City of Books on Burnside Saturday, November 8 at 4:00pm.