Dhaliwal created a fictitious community facing xenophobia, fetishization, and media misrepresentation. It's resonating with her thousands of Instagram followers.--Robert Ito, The New York Times
"The characters in Dhaliwal's stories sparkle. They're tenderly rendered and their problems are real... The struggle of the cyclops unfolds in metaphors for race, sexuality, gender, and disability, tangling with ideas about fetishization, interracial relationships, passing, and representation."--Carmen Maria Machado, author of In The Dream House
Cyclopedia Exotica is a triumph of hilarious candor.
Author: Aminder Dhaliwal
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly
Binding Type: Paperback
Size: 8.10h x 6.50w x 1.00d
Publishers Weekly 01/18/2021
Publishers Weekly 01/25/2021 pg. 54
Booklist 05/15/2021 pg. 39
About the Author
Aminder Dhaliwal grew up in Brampton, Ontario and received a Bachelors of Animation from Sheridan College. She has worked as Director at Disney TV Animation, Storyboard Director at Cartoon Network, and Storyboard Director on the Nickelodeon show Sanjay and Craig. Her first book with D+Q, Woman World, was serialized on Instagram beginning in March 2017 and garnered over 250,000 followers. Woman World appeared on 25 best of the year lists, was nominated for the Eisner, Ignatz, Harvey, Ringo, and Doug Wright Award, and was named a YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens. It has been optioned for television by Felicia Day. Dhaliwal lives in Los Angeles.