Without a doubt, the absolute highlight of our time running Avoid the Future has been getting the opportunity to translate Peggy Adam's graphic novel Luchadoras for Blank Slate Books. Originally published in French by Swiss publisher Atrabile in 2006, it's a powerful story set against the backdrop of the Cuidad Juarez female-victim homicides. Using fiction to expose real-life atrocities, Adam places the reader directly in the middle of the oppressive setting of Juarez, examining the atmosphere of misogyny, exploitation, and corruption that gave birth to these horrific crimes.
As the book packs its bags and prepares to go off to print this week, we thought it was the perfect time to officially invite Peggy for a chat about the Luchadoras and her work in general. Passionate, and eager to show her support to those affected by these issues, she tells us about what inspired her to create the book, how it relates to her other work, and the symbolism present within the story.
Usually we only have to thank people for giving up their time to speak to us, but we owe Peggy an incomprehensible amount of gratitude for trusting us with her book, as well as giving us the opportunity to share it with the English-speaking comics market. Luchadoras will be available from Blank Slate books very soon: be sure to follow our Twitter feed or our Facebook page for updates as they happen.