Electronic Book: Crossroads
Original comix presented on-line.
Crossroads will debut as part of the National Queer Arts Festival this June
Stay tuned. (note: This project did not materialize during the Festival. We are looking forward to its completion.)
Crossroads is a queer-enhanced and technology-enabled adaptation of the “Choose Your Own Adventures” books popularized in the 1980s. Illustrated with original comix and presented on the Web, Crossroads invites the reader to make a choice at the end of each chapter: for instance, “Your parents invite you to Bible Study. Do you say yes? Turn to page 41.”
Based on fictionalized accounts of “true stories,” Crossroads will launch with the pilot story, a coming out adventure story about a Korean American lesbian who faces conservative Christian family members and both support and apprehension from the people around her. The reader’s choices have direct consequences for how the story unfolds in Crossroads. Coming out is presented as a narrative journey and an adventure in itself — and the form of sequential art reflects the series of choices involved in coming out. Storytelling is also used as an essential part of community-building and resource-sharing.
Judy Han is the principal writer/artist/programmer behind Crossroads. Judy has been active in progressive and queer Korean/American movements for over twelve years, and her articles and artwork have been published in Sojourner: The Women’s Forum (June 2000), Q&A: Queer in Asian America (1998), Writing Away Here: a Korean American anthology (1994), and The Very Inside: an Anthology of Writing by Asian and Pacific Islander Lesbian and Bisexual Women (1994). Formerly a project manager at the Getty Center in Los Angeles and currently a PhD student in geography at UC Berkeley, Judy frequently speaks at public events and conferences about the vexed politics of identity and solidarity — whether this involves international solidarity for peace and anti-militarism in Korea and the US, or building gay-straight alliances to challenge heterosexism and homophobia in Korean/American communities.