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Nicole Georges Explores Family Secrets In Calling Dr. Laura

OPB | Feb. 18, 2013 12:06 p.m. | Updated: Sept. 11, 2013 12:31 a.m.

Alison Picard

This show was taped Feb. 13 in front of an audience at the Independent Publishing Resource Center

Nicole Georges is an illustrator and zinester based in Portland, Oregon. Growing up, she was told her father had died of colon cancer shortly after she was born. Her mother and older half-sisters had agreed on this story after Nicole’s father left the family. When Georges was in her twenties, a palm reader told her that her father was still alive. That’s when she began asking questions.

Geroges’s search for information about her father forms the foundation of her graphic memoir, Calling Dr. Laura. (The title comes from the time she called in to Dr. Laura Schlessinger’s radio show to ask for advice about talking to her family about the situation.) The book’s detailed black and white drawings also document her childhood struggles with gastrointestinal problems and her decision to come out to her mom.

Have you read Calling Dr. Laura or Nicole Georges’s zine Invincible Summer? What questions do you have for her?

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