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Cyclopedia Exotica

A comic by Aminder Dhaliwal.

Aminder Dhaliwal

Following the critical and popular success of  Woman World - the hit Instagram comic which appeared on 25 best of lists - Aminder Dhaliwal returns with  Cyclopedia Exotica . Also serialized on instagram to her 250,000 followers, this graphic novel showcases Dhaliwal's quick wit and astute socio-cultural criticism.

In Cyclopedia Exotica, doctor's office waiting rooms, commercials, dog parks and dating app screenshots capture the experiences and interior lives of the cyclops community; a largely immigrant population displaying physical differences from the majority. Whether they're artists, parents, or yoga students, the cyclops have it tough: they face microaggressions and overt xenophobia on a daily basis. However, they are bent on finding love, cultivating community, and navigating life alongside the two-eyed majority with patience and the occasional bout of rage.

Through this parallel universe, Dhaliwal comments on race, difference, beauty, and belonging, touching on all of these issues with her distinctive deadpan humour steeped in millennial references.  Cyclopedia Exotica  is a triumph of hilarious candor. (From Drawn & Quarterly)

Aminder Dhaliwal is a comic writer and television animator originally from Brampton, Ont. Now based in Los Angeles, Dhaliwal is a director at Disney TV Animation. Her comic series Woman World, originally published on Instagram to hundreds of thousands of followers, was released as a graphic novel by Drawn & Quarterly in 2018. CBC Books named Dhaliwal a writer to watch in 2019.

Interviews with Aminder Dhaliwal

Canadian cartoonist Aminder Dhaliwal turns funny illustrations into sharp social commentary. She joined Tom Power to talk about how she uses the mythic cyclops as a surprising metaphor for racism in her latest graphic novel, Cyclopedia Exotica. 14:32

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