it's the last page of the first chapter that compelled me to purchase it:
so i draw because i want to talk to the world. and i want the world to pay attention to me.
i feel important with a pen in my hand. i feel like i might grow up to be somebody important. an artist. maybe a famous artist. maybe a rich artist.
that's the only way i can become rich and famous.
just take a look at the world. almost all of the rich and famous brown people are artists. they're singers and actors and writers and dancers and directors and poets.
so i draw because i feel like it might be my only real chance to escape the reservation.
i think the world is a series of broken dams and floods, and my cartoons are tiny little lifeboats (page 6).
the bold type's mine. the words on the page resonated with me. the need to matter. to contribute something good. to create something of relevance, of necessity. the words i write... they are my lifeboats.