Science fiction always perches on a tightrope of believability… Jessica Abel treads assuredly. What’s really amazing about Abel’s performance is that she pulls it off while juggling a few different agendas. Trish Trash isn’t just a sports story and a coming-of-age tale; it’s also a masterful critique of capitalism. —NPR
Join us as we celebrate the release of Trish Trash: Rollergirl of Mars (Collected Edition), with a book signing by PAFA faculty member and Illustration department chair Jessica Abel.
About the Series
200 years from now, Trish “Trash” Nupindju lives on the newly inhabited Mars, whose settlers live under harsh and ruthless conditions. Trish dreams of only one thing: becoming a hoverderby star. It seems like making the professional derby team is the only way to escape a future of poverty on her parents’ farm. But, what happens when a half-dead Martian shows up on her doorstep and changes everything?
About the Author
Jessica Abel, an award-winning cartoonist, illustrator, and writer, is the chair of PAFA's Illustration program. She is the author of many critically acclaimed books, including La Perdida, Out on the Wire: The Storytelling Secrets of the New Masters of Radio, and Trish Trash: Rollergirl of Mars.
In addition, Abel has taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York, the European School of Visual Arts in France, the California College of Arts, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).